9/18/16 Faith, Hope, & Love

“Love is eternal.  Spiritual gifts are temporal.  They are given to us here and now, to help us understand God’s ways a little bit better, but they will not last.  Even the wisdom, knowledge, and prophecies given to us are only partial, because we cannot understand the whole picture.  When the time comes for Jesus to return and take us to Heaven to be with Him forever, we will have no more need of these spiritual gifts, because sin will no longer be a part of us, and our bodies and minds will be restored to what they were intended to be before sin entered the world and corrupted us.  But love will still remain.  The difference between who we are now and who we will be in Heaven is like the difference between childhood and adulthood.  Children do not understand as much as adults do.  They do not think or speak with the wisdom or knowledge of adults, because they do not yet have that wisdom or knowledge.  But adults have, over many years, acquired a wealth of knowledge, and they understand things more fully than children.  Now, it is as if we see everything in a warped and blurry mirror, but when Jesus takes us to Himself we will see Him face to face, understanding Him completely because we will learn directly from Him using minds free from the corruption of sin.  God knows all – He knows us better than we know ourselves.  But when we live with Him we will see things with His clarity.  So instead of esteeming spiritual gifts more highly than anything else in this world, place faith, hope, and love on that pedestal, and love as the most important of these.”

 

1 Corinthians 13:8-13

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