AND I SHOW YOU A STILL MORE EXCELLENT WAY [1913]

1 Corinthians 13 is known as the love chapter right? Chapter 12 starts out “Now concerning spiritual gifts…”. Then chapter 13 starts out, “If I speak with the tongues of men… BUT DO NOT HAVE LOVE…”. Then chapter 14 starts out “Pursue LOVE…”

There was great immaturity in the Corinthian camp, they were “stuck” on the gifts and not moving beyond them into the real reason for the coming of the Spirit, which was TO ENABLE LOVE.

So, after describing the gifts in chapter 12, he starts chapter 13 by ending chapter 12 with these words, “AND I SHOW YOU A STILL MORE EXCELLENT WAY”.

What was the more excellent way? THE WAY OF LOVE.

It was LOVE that was the subject of “When that which is perfect has come”, it was LOVE that was the excellent, PERFECT WAY. And it is PERFECT LOVE which is the final coming perfection.

[When that which is perfect is come, then that which is imperfect is done away with][love never fails][we know in part, but when the perfect comes the partial will be done away][faith hope and love continue, but the greatest is love][Pursue love][He who does not know love does not know God, for God IS love][We know in part = we do not know love completely][Maturity, fullness, completeness, excellence, perfection][filled up to the measure of the stature of Christ]

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