Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Question of the day: Given the last verse of 1 Corinthians 13, verse 13 quoted here, "But now these three remain-- faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love." Why does love trump faith and hope?
Answer: 1 Corinthians, chapter 13 is called the "Love Chapter". From beginning to end the chapter answers questions about love. How critical is love? (verses 1-4) What is love (how would you describe love)? (verses 5-7). How essential is love to our mature walk with God? (verses 8-12)
Then, finally we get to the "tachlis" (bottom line). Love is greater than faith and hope. Anyone care to ask "why?" The previous verse give the answer. There will come a time in the future (but not too distant future) during the millennial reign of Yeshua, when we will not need faith and hope.
Everything for which we needed faith, we will no longer need faith, for we will have the fulness of the reality in the presence of Yeshua. The same is true for hope. Everything for which we needed hope, we will no longer need hope, for we will have the fulness of the reality in the presence of Yeshua. BUT, we will always need love, for God IS love.
1 John 4:7-8 "Loved ones, let us love one another, for love is from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love."
Rabbi Michael Weiner,