1 Corinthians 13:8-13 ESV
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
I.THE ANTIDOTE TO LOVE AND THE GOSPEL
A.Love is not a list.
B.Neither is the Gospel.
Q: What is the chief end of man?
A: To know and glorify God forever.
— The Westminster Shorter Catechism (1640’s)
II.WHAT LOVE DOES (7-8)
A.Love is not abstract but active. (James 2:17)
B.Love hangs in.
III.THE PERFECTION AND PERMANENCE OF LOVE (8-13)
A.Love is greater than spiritual gifts because in the presence of Jesus gifts disappear, but love remains present.
B.Our knowledge of God is partial until the perfect comes, but His knowing of us and love for us is perfect, even now.
1.Jesus loves you. The cross is the proof.
2.Major in love. Minor in everything else.
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