When God does that, we will not need the small parts that we have now. a. In these respects it materially differs from, and has an apparent advantage over, many of those gifts which some are so ready to emulate and pursue, to the neglect and injury of this love. Of course, the text is used often at weddings, because it is (incorrectly) understood as praising the value of romantic, human love. d. Whether there are tongues, they will cease: Many who believe the miraculous gifts ended with the apostles (such as John MacArthur) claim since the verb will cease is not in the passive, but in the middle voice, it could be translated, tongues will stop by themselves. i. Eros was one word for love. The love of God, and of our neighbour for God’s sake, is patient toward all men. 13:1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. Moses had not – and could not – see the actual face of God the Father in His glory. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child. Paul isn’t trying to make us choose, but he wants to emphasize the point to the Corinthian Christians: without love as the motive and goal, the gifts are meaningless distractions. The gift to know special things will not always be necessary. When we get to heaven, we will have a really clear vision of the Lord. They will end, but love never fails. Each of the apostles had a predominant feature of character. Moses was kept from the Promised Land because he became provoked at the people of Israel (Numbers 20:2-11). G. Campbell Morgan wrote that examining this chapter is like dissecting a flower to understand it. Without love, it profits me nothing. Love is the best measure. Do you avenge yourself as soon as you have the opportunity? 1 John 3:2 tells us when we get to heaven, we shall see Him as He is. Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart. Among Christians, the worst pride is spiritual pride. In a passage like Numbers 12:8, where the Lord says of Moses, I speak with him face to face, the phrase face to face is a figure of speech, telling of great and unhindered intimacy. The gift to speak in different languages will stop one day. d. Love… hopes all things: Love has confidence in the future, not pessimism. But that would not help me if I do not love others. Therefore, the gifts of the Holy Spirit are appropriate for the present time, but they are not permanent. (1 Thessalonians 5:8), iii. i. easyenglish.bibleBooks > EasyEnglish Bible >. All of them walked across the Red Sea. c. That which is perfect: Paul says when that which is perfect has come, then the gifts will be “discontinued.” But what is that which is perfect? 2 It is like God baptized all of them in the cloud and in the sea. We can easily say, Jesus suffers long and is kind; Jesus does not envy… and make it through the whole chapter. (Galatians 5:5-6), iv. My thoughts were a child's thoughts. True love is always demonstrated by action. d. For now we see in a mirror: This speaks again to the perfect fellowship with God we will have one day. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 12:31b-13:3 12:31 And I show you a still more excellent way. But the most important of these things is love. It described, as we might guess from the word itself, erotic love. Moses’ face was not literally beholding the literal face of God, but he did enjoy direct, intimate, conversation with the Lord. 1 Corinthians 16 – A Collection and a Conclusion A. f. Love… is not provoked: We all find it easy to be provoked or to become irritated with those who are just plain annoying. Instead, we pursue faith, hope, and love. Love suffereth long — Here the apostle attributes to love the qualities and actions of a person, in order to render his account of that divine grace the more lively and affecting. It is by no means honorable to men or women to set up to be common informers. Though some that believe the miraculous gifts ceased with the apostles say it refers to the completion of the New Testament, they are wrong. “I would, my brothers and sisters, that we could all imitate the pearl oyster. Sometimes the people who seem to work the hardest at love are the ones the furthest from it. But love is so valuable, so important, that apart from it, every other good thing is useless. We continue to trust God. i. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. But those are not the best measures of someone’s true spiritual credentials. It doesn’t mean I will be all knowing as God is, but it means I will know Him as perfectly as I can. God does not have hope the way we have hope, because He knows all things and is in complete control. 1 Corinthians. Love never faileth — It accompanies us to, prepares us for, and adorns us in eternity; nay, it is the very felicity of heaven. We shall see Jesus.” (Spurgeon). It is important to understand the difference between the words, and why the apostle Paul chose the Greek word agape here. Tongues of men and of angels.—The gift of tongues (see Notes on 1 Corinthians 14) is placed first as that most over-estimated at Corinth. A wonderful measure of kindness is to see how children receive us. Instead, I will be happy when things happen that are right and true. Such is the difference between earth and heaven. c. Love… is not puffed up: To be puffed up is to be arrogant and self-focused. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. i. . c. Love… believes all things: We never believe a lie, but we never believe evil unless the facts demand it. c. Prophecy, knowledge, and faith to do miracles are likewise irrelevant apart from love. a. 1 I may be able to speak many different languages that people or angels speak. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Sometimes we make the great mistake of letting go of what is best for something else that is good, but not the best. WORD AND PHRASE STUDY ÷1 CORINTHIANS 12:31-13:3. All things covers everything! ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. “If we knew more of our own sinfulness, we might be driven to despair; if we knew more of God’s glory, we might die of terror; if we had more understanding, unless we had equivalent capacity to employ it, we might be filled with conceit and tormented with ambition. a. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. It might be described as the highest love of which man, without God’s help, is capable of. THE HYMN OF LOVE (1 Corinthians 13:1-13) 13 I may speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but if I have not love, I am become no better than echoing brass or a clanging cymbal. In Exodus 33, face to face is a figurative expression, meaning free and open fellowship. I did not return to Corinth in order to save you from a difficult situation. T… bestow . Even if it is done willingly (Poole notes “and not be dragged to the stake, but freely give up myself to that cruel kind of death”), without love, it profits me nothing. I would only be making a loud noise, like someone who hits a piece of metal. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. 13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 1. They were using their gifts apart from love. We may request cookies to be set on your device. These reminders were suspended from the roofs of their huts to keep alive the memory of the wrongs, real or imagined. International Bible Lesson Commentary . “Love is never satisfied but in the welfare, comfort, and salvation of all. ← 1 Corinthians 12 1 Corinthians 14 → 1 If I make use of the tongues of men and of angels angels , and have not love, I am like sounding brass, or a loud-tongued bell. Envy murdered Abel (Genesis 4:3-8). 4 If I love people, I will be patient. ii. But in the ultimate sense, it will wait until then, when we are united with Jesus in glory. First Corinthians 13:1–3 makes the point that without love the gifts are worthless. We continue to hope for his good things. They are imperfect gifts for an imperfect time. This is being like Jesus in a most basic way, being an others-centered person instead of a self-centered person. 1 I may be able to speak many different languages that people or angels speak. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. Agape love gives and loves because it wants to; it does not demand or expect repayment from the love given. There will be no more barriers to our relationship with God. It begins, indeed, at death, because then we put off many weaknesses along with the body.” (Calvin). “Possession of the charismata is not the sign of the Spirit; Christian love is.” (Fee). i. That man is no Christian who is solicitous for his own happiness alone; and cares not how the world goes, so that himself be comfortable.” (Clarke). About Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. It refers to sexual love. Heaven is precious to us for many reasons. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. But it can be defined as a sacrificial, giving, absorbing kind of love. If God’s love is in us, we will show longsuffering to those who annoy us and hurt us. 7 If I love people, I will always accept their problems. But we will always love the Lord and each other, and grow in that love through eternity. 1 Corinthians 13:8-10. i. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. Who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. But the gifts of the Holy Spirit will not be appropriate forever. f. We prophesy in part: This is airtight evidence prophecy is not the exact same thing as preaching, or even “inspired” preaching. Most people think Paul’s list is fixed with faith first, love as the bookend, and hope as the middle. It seems like a lot more than a part! But love is so valuable, so important, that apart from it, every other good thing is useless. 2. The city of Corinth was famous for producing some of the best bronze mirrors in antiquity, but at their best, they couldn’t give a really clear vision. Charity. We choose to believe the best of others. “The streets of gold will have small attraction to us, the harps of angels will but slightly enchant us, compared with the King in the midst of the throne. 5 If I love people, I will be polite. It speaks of a brotherly friendship and affection. Love gives because it loves to give, not out of the sense of praise it can have from showing itself off. 3 I may give all my things to help poor people. a. Bestow all my goods to feed the poor: This is what Jesus told the rich young ruler to do (Matthew 19:16-30), and he refused. Tongues are good, prophecy and knowledge and faith are good, sacrifice is good. We see Jesus now only in a dim, unclear way, but one day we will see Him with perfect clarity. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. Verses 1-3 The excellent way had in view in the close of the former chapter, is not what is meant by charity in our common use of the word, almsgiving, but love in its fullest meaning; true love to God and man. i. c. Each thing described in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 is a good thing. There will come a day when the gifts are unnecessary, but that day has not come yet. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. When the sun rises, we turn off the lesser lights. This is perhaps the most widely recognized and quoted passage anywhere in the Pauline letters, which poses both a challenge and an opportunity for preachers. Clarke describes the heart which does not envy: “They are ever willing that others should be preferred before them.”. Yet, even with that kind of faith we are nothing without love. If someone does a wrong thing against me, I will not keep it in my thoughts. However, none of those things, precious as they are, make heaven really “heaven.” What makes heaven really heaven is the unhindered, unrestricted, presence of our Lord, and to know just as I also am known will be the greatest experience of our eternal existence. We can only speak a part of God's whole message. But the way tongues is used here shows it can, and usually does, refer to a supernatural language by which a believer communicates to God. i. Moses led them out of Egypt long ago. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: Corinth was an important and wealthy city on the isthmus (narrow strip of land) separating Northern and Southern Greece. It does not have to have the limelight or the attention to do a good job, or to be satisfied with the result. It is useless without love. Love stands in the presence of a fault, with a finger on her lip.” (Spurgeon), ii. iii. Virtually all commentators agree that which is perfect is fulfilled when we are in the eternal presence of the Perfect One, when we are with the Lord forever, either through the return of Christ or graduation to the eternal. i. The Apostle Paul wrote “The Love Chapter” (1 Corinthians 13) in his letter to the Corinthians. Philia is the third word for love. Does it sound totally ridiculous or just a “little” far-fetched? a. f. Now I know in part: The gifts of the Holy Spirit are necessary and appropriate for this present age, when we are not yet fully mature, and we only know in part. ii. iv. Their analysis sounds scholarly, but is disregarded by virtually all scholars of ancient Greek. Paul reminds them even the gift of tongues is meaningless without love. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (1 Corinthians 13:1) If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. Paul draws the attention back to love. It refers to family love, the kind of love there is between a parent and child, or between family members in general. 1 Copy my example, in the same way that I copy Christ's example.. Christian meetings. (2 Timothy 1:12-13). But in the ancient world, mirrors were made out of polished metal, and the image was always unclear and somewhat distorted. When I was a child, &c. — The difference between our present and future conceptions of spiritual things may be illustrated by the knowledge of a child compared to that of a man. What we see now is not clear. Also, Philippians 2:4 carries the same thought: Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. a. . i. I will not be jealous of other people. Study the bible online using commentary on 1 Corinthians 13 and more! ii. iv. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. 10 But a time will come when everything becomes complete. We couldn’t handle this greater knowledge on this side of eternity. While Paul recognizes the importance of the spiritual gifts and their place in the Christian’s life, he tells that there is something superior to these gifts. In Paul’s day, many Jews believed angels had their own language, and by the Spirit, one could speak it. We will know just as I also am known. But love is so valuable, so important, that apart from it, every other good thing is useless. What is your Christian life focused on? c. Each thing described in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 is a good thing. 1 Corinthians 13 ERV - Let Love Be Your Guide - I may speak in - Bible Gateway Let Love Be Your Guide - I may speak in different languages, whether human or even of angels. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. But even if the rich young ruler had done what Jesus said, yet had not love, it would have been of no profit. Paul’s famous chapter on love, 1 Corinthians 13, tells us. 1 Corinthians 13 Love is most important 1 I may be able to speak many different languages that people or angels speak. Paul is not writing about how love feels, he is writing about how it can be seen in action. The gifts of the Holy Spirit will be overshadowed by the immediate presence of Jesus. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three: The three great pursuits of the Christian life are not “miracles, power, and gifts”; they are faith, hope, and love. We will understand completely, just as God understands us completely. It accomplishes nothing, except to hurt. ii. 2 I praise you, because you remember me and everything that I taught you. Paul is emphasizing the focus and goal of the gifts: love, not the gifts for their own sake. b. Inthat letter, I told you to have nothing to do with men with bad character’ (1Corinthians 5:9). Read 1 Corinthians 13 commentary using Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). It is a self-giving love that gives without demanding or expecting repayment. Benson Commentary 1 Corinthians 13:4-5. We long to be with the great men and women of God who have passed before us in centuries past. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. ii. When we are in heaven, faith and hope will have fulfilled their purpose. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. Each thing described in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 is a good thing. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. A hurtful particle intrudes itself into its shell, and this vexes and grieves it. “Love does not ask to have an easy life of it: self-love makes that her aim. Considering the way the New Testament uses telos in other passages, it certainly seems to speak about the coming of Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:8, 15:24, James 5:11, Revelation 20:5, 20:7, 21:6, and 22:13). A man with that kind of faith can move great mountains, but he will set them down right in the path of somebody else – or right on somebody else – if he doesn’t have love. Clearly, the time of fulfillment Paul refers to with then face to face and then I shall know just as I also am known speaks of being in the glory of heaven with Jesus. But now that I have become a man, I have stopped being like a child. Love can always stand with and on truth, because love is pure and good like truth. According to the context, it can’t be anything else. “Preaching is essentially a merging of the gifts of teaching and exhortation, prophecy has the primary elements of prediction and revelation.” (Farnell, cited in Kistemaker). c. Love is kind: When we have and show God’s love, it will be seen in simple acts of kindness. What do you really want more of? “If your brethren are angry without a cause, be sorry for them, but do not let them conquer you by driving you into a bad temper. 1 Corinthians 11. Pride of face is obnoxious, pride of race is vulgar, but the worst pride is pride of grace! Also, the head of a woman is her husband. I may understand all God's secret things, and know all the facts. iii. Love: At the beginning, we see love is described by action words, not by lofty concepts. I may let other people take my body to burn it. c. c. They have a wrong understanding of Hebrews 2:3-4, which says that God bore witness with signs and wonders and various miracles by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. 1:4-9 - Paul’s prayer. Because of the popularity of 1 Corinthians 13 in our modern context, it is easy to miss the flexibility Paul exercises concerning the triad of faith, hope, and love (1 Corinthians 13:13). Love suffers long: Love will endure a long time. ii. “Love covers; that is, it never proclaims the errors of good men. This letter is either lost or it may be in 2 Corinthians6:14–7:1. From its longer continuance. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (11) When I was a child. 1 Corinthians 13 Commentary; NET BIBLE NOTES. Without love, a person may speak with the gift of tongues, but it is as meaningless as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. True, the verb with prophecies is in the passive voice (believers are the implied agents), while the verb with tongues is interpreted as the active voice. Love does not envy: Envy is one of the least productive and most damaging of all sins. ii. i. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. … The Apostle Paul spent 18 months there on his Second Missionary Journey and established a church there. This isn’t love; it is pride looking for glory by the appearance of love. Instead, love rejoices in the truth. 3 This is something that I want you to know: Christ has authority over every man, as his head. We want to walk the streets of gold, see the pearly gates, see the angels around the throne of God worshipping Him day and night. ... 1 Corinthians 13:11-12. (1-2) Receiving the collection. ii. Certainly, that is the that which is perfect spoken of in 1 Corinthians 13:10 as well. When hurt, it does not say, “It will be this way forever, and even get worse.” It hopes for the best, and it hopes in God. Alan Redpath said one could get a spiritual suntan from the warmth of this chapter. It is love so great that it can be given to the unlovable or unappealing. 1 Corinthians 13:8-13. Be prepared, therefore, to contend with “all things” in them.” (Spurgeon), ii. I will be kind. I know some persons who habitually believe everything that is bad, but they are not the children of love… I wish the chatterers would take a turn at exaggerating other people’s virtues, and go from house to house trumping up pretty stories of their acquaintances.” (Spurgeon). But the time will come when we do not need a mirror. We could replace the word love with the name Jesus and the description would make perfect sense. Carey, I hear you once were a shoemaker!” Carey replied, “No, your lordship, not a shoemaker, only a cobbler!” Today, the name of William Carey is remembered, but nobody remembers who that snobbish lord was. The ancient Greeks had four different words we could translate love. b. Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Normally, no one would doubt the spiritual credentials of someone who gave away everything they had, and gave up their life in dramatic martyrdom. It gives because it loves; it does not love in order to receive. Love never fails: Paul addresses the over-emphasis the Corinthian Christians had on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He is simply writing well, saying the same thing in three different ways. Love denies herself, sacrifices herself, that she may win victories for God, and hers shall be no tinsel crown.” (Spurgeon), b. Love… bears all things: The word for bears can also be translated covers. The ultimacy of love as a characteristic of God's family (1 Cor. Paul’s was faith; John’s love. Perhaps not in the stuffy, “look at how cultured I am” way of showing manners, but in the simply way people do not behave rudely. You continue to obey the message that I gave to you. Apparently, there are angelic languages men can speak by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. 13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.2 And if I have (A)prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, (B)so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.3 (C)If I give away all I have, and (D)if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a]but have not love, I gain nothing. h. Love… does not rejoice in iniquity: It is willing to want the best for others, and refuses to color things against others. It destroys enemies by turning them into friends. i. Paul, quoting the idea of Jesus, refers to faith which could remove mountains (Matthew 17:20). And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. Either way, Paul brings an important truth along with 1 Peter 4:8: And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”, i. It is the love of deep friendship and partnership. Love never fails. I will not be proud and say that I am great. (Colossians 1:4-5), vi. Envy put Jesus on the cross: For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy (Matthew 27:18). We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. It is the heart shown in God when it is said of the Lord, The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). v. We can read this chapter and think that Paul is saying that if we are unfriendly, then our lives mean nothing. “There is virtually no distinction between the two Greek verbs that describe the termination of both prophecies and tongues. (1 Thessalonians 1:3), ii. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. i. i. i. Verses 8–13 highlight the temporary nature of all the gifts, contrasting with love’s permanence. We won’t need to hope in the coming of Jesus once He comes. Some believe the burning referred to here is not execution, but branding as a criminal or as a slave for the sake of the gospel. iv. There were some early Christians so arrogant as to think that the blood of martyrdom would wash away any sin. Is envy a small sin? The gift to speak messages from God will not always be necessary. c. There is a reason why Paul put this chapter in the midst of his discussion of spiritual gifts. 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