“8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:8-13 NIV
Dear Heavenly Father – Please fill us with your love. Open our ears to hear and our eyes to see so we can love and show your love to others. Help us accept your love and share it with others. – Amen
Love – It’s Friday and this world still needs love. We still need the power of love to transform, unite, heal, cast out demonic forces and accomplish the will of God. Love!!!
We have studied how love has the power to save us and transform us. Love is the power. We have studied what love is and isn’t. We have asked ourselves some tough questions. Hopefully we have thought about how to love in a more godly way. Now through the assistance of the Holy Spirit let us learn more about love as we conclude the chapter.
I have been sent many prophecies lately – Christian friends finding all sorts of “prophetic” videos which are floating around the internet. Some say the United States of America will fall in November. Some say November will be more of the same. There aren’t many that line up with the word of God and what God is speaking to me. Be cautious of false prophets. Test the spirits to see if they are of God. (Matthew 7:15-20)
The truth is here in the above passage. Even the prophets who are speaking the truth through the Holy Spirit are only able to do so in part. God only gives us a fragment of it all.
When the end does come, and the Bible says it will end, there will be no need for prophets. They will cease – but there will still be love. Love doesn’t fail. It goes on and on in heaven and earth forever. When the work of the Lord is complete, we will also be complete and know everything and have no need for prophets (ah, but love will still be there)!
This part of the passage seems almost out of place. What does prophecy ending have to do with love? What does the end, getting to heaven, looking in mirrors have to do with love?
Let’s think about the bigger picture. God sent Jesus, His son, to the earth to save us. Why? Because His goal, the entire purpose is that He loves us so much He plans to spend eternity with us. Remember where we made the connection between God being Love and love is the ending – the goal: Live in God’s love forever.
The Old Testament has prophecies about Jesus’s arrive on earth (no reference verses) and of the end times (Daniel 9-12, Isaiah 13, Isaiah 34, etc.). These same verses are referenced by Jesus himself in Matthew 24 as Jesus talks about the end times. (We have studied a great deal of verses from this chapter in the past on this blog – I hope you are familiar with it.) It is God’s loving goal – Both prophets and Jesus, then the apostles all said to watch and be ready for Christ to rapture the church, then the second coming. Maranatha! It’s the ultimate show of love! God played the long game hoping that everyone would repent!
So if God was going to have a man pen a chapter of the Bible about love – of course God would include His largest act of love – heaven, His completed work, redemptions final stage and the glory of it all!
Do not let these things scare you – I was once scared of the end times, rapture, heaven and hell. Fear is NOT of God – this is love. We are studying love – we must understand that Jesus dying for our sins, defeating death, and rising again on the third day is not the ultimate act of love. It is the ultimate act of love that has happened so far – but God’s ultimate act of love is to finally be able to be reunited with us. The work of the cross made the way – but I am still alive here on earth, and if you are reading this I assume you are still alive as well. The cross is not completed until the final step of the ultimate acts of love are completed – we are reunited with God the Father.
While we are on earth we are in a sinner’s body. We cannot enter the Holy of Holy’s where God is. So right now, through Christ Jesus (and what he has done) we can have a relationship with Jesus and the Father – in part – like a reflection in a mirror. I pray to the Father is Jesus intercedes. I cry out abba daddy! And Jesus intercedes. I ask for a hug from God and Jesus intercedes. Jesus reflects God back to us. Until the day we are made whole – and the work is finished.
The Apostle Paul wrote this passage, he tried to make us understand what he means by using children as an example. “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.” So it is like: I am a middle aged woman. When I was a kid, I climbed trees all the time. Now that I am an adult I know I would probably break a bone! I have put that behind me. So here on earth we are like children. Some of us are new to the faith and are like babies. Some of us a little older in knowledge and experience and might be children, some of us are preteen and teens. According to this metaphor – when you hit adulthood, you graduate to heaven. So here on earth, we do not understand everything – in heaven we won’t be asking the same questions, they will seem childish as in heaven we will know in completeness.
In Psalms 139, (I did a two-part study on it here, part 1, and here, part 2) God shows us how He knows us fully, and as much as we seek God here on earth, He can only show us a little piece at a time, more and more as we grow. He is so holy and good, we cannot know Him in full until we get to heaven.
If you are like me and always hungry to learn more about our Father – what a glorious day that will be!!!
Heaven is the goal of love – it is the ultimate plan for His love to us. The final thing about what love is – is heaven! God did it all from creation to today – until it is all finished – in love for us in hopes we would learn love and have a relationship with Him.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Dear Lord, Please help us to love, teach us love, and fill us with love. So we made be made perfect and be able to join you again on that glorious day when you call us home to you. In Jesus name we pray – amen
If you don’t already, and today you would like to, have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**
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“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13 NIV