Daily Archives: September 10, 2021

Isaiah 45-48 & 1 Corinthians 13

So today it falls to me to expound on these passages. The best I could do is quote what others have said about the 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians so here goes:

G. Campbell Morgan wrote that examining this chapter is like dissecting a flower to understand it. If you tear it apart too much, you lose the beauty. Alan Redpath said one could get a spiritual suntan from the warmth of this chapter.

As it is often detached from its broader context and treated as a standalone paean to love, the significance of 1 Corinthians 13 within Paul’s overarching argument about the Church as a polity is often neglected. When the context of this chapter is appreciated once more, its political significance will emerge (Benjamin Kautzer).

Finally, v8-13 once again pick up the theme of contrast. “Love never ends.” Our other gifts—prophecy, tongues, knowledge—may pass away. But love remains (Timohty Hahn).

Love enables us to endure everything; it enables us in every circumstance to keep on believing, to keep our confidence in God, and to remain patient no matter what happens to us (Young).

Spirit controlled and empowered believers love as a lifestyle by choosing as an act of their will (even that choice enabled by the Spirit Ezekiel 36:27, Php 2:13-note) to cover over in silence, to ”hide” the faults of others, to bear with or endure. Love doesn’t broadcast another’s problems to everyone. Love doesn’t run down others with jokes, sarcasm or put-downs. Love defends the character of the other person as much as possible within the limits of truth. Love won’t lie about weak nesses, but neither will it deliberately expose and emphasize them. Love protects (Stego).

What would be your comment about 1 Corinthians 13? Share them with us. God bless you all.

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