Faith, hope and love abide

Hope & Faith
Hope & Faith (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What a remarkably challenging letter Paul wrote to Corinth. It is essential we keep it all in context. Some of the early chapters show there was considerable disharmony among the believers there. Today we saw how chapter 13 ends by telling us,

“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love”.

Human numbering has made 13 very significant here! A verse to be remembered. So there are 3 things that were to abide, while other things would not, they “will pass away” (verse 10) such as tongues, “they will cease” (verse 8).

Members had no Bibles to refer to, the gospels were only then being written and then hand copied for circulation. Early church records show the Psalms were especially valued and some memorized them all and could go around reciting them. We do not have to memorize things today, or very little, and we are the poorer for this. What fills the minds of people today – and therefore their hearts? But make this question personal – my mind – my heart?

Now consider the 3 things Paul said would not – or should not – pass away! These are the 3 things it is essential for us to have – if they are lacking then our way of life in serving Christ is doomed. The world around us lacks them, they have no faith in anyone, well, certainly not the politicians! They live for the here and now more and more as any hope in the future is increasingly bleak – and – do not people really only love – themselves!

Tetragrammaton in sunburst on ceiling, symbols...
Tetragrammaton in sunburst on ceiling, symbols of faith, hope, and charity (love) on wall. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let us now focus our thoughts on the future. There is an important thing we may not fully realize. “Faith and hope” will not abide! Why? Because they will no longer apply. Faith is needed in that which is unseen: how tellingly Peter expresses this, look at 1 Peter 1:8,9. But faith and hope will not abide then for the simple reason faith will be turned to sight and hope will be realized, the future will have become the present!

So love will be the guiding principle for those blessed to be in God’s kingdom – truly – “the greatest of these is love” – may it rule in our hearts more and more each day.

And a final note: in a couple of weeks we will come to Psalm 136 which tells us – no less than 26 times that God’s “steadfast love endures for forever” so “give thanks to the God of heaven” (last verse) with all your heart.

– February 28 thought of the day by The Christadelphian

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Additional reading:

  1. Let us not forget it was God who chose us
  2. God doesn’t call the qualified
  3. Looking for True Spirituality 3 Mind of Christ
  4. Looking for True Spirituality 4 Getting to Know the Mind of Christ
  5. Looking for True Spirituality 7 Preaching of the Good News
  6. Looking for True Spirituality 8 Measuring Up
  7. Philosophy hand in hand with spirituality
  8. Being Religious and Spiritual 1 Immateriality and Spiritual experience
  9. Trying to get the youth inspired
  10. Joy: Foundation for a Positive Life
  11. How we think shows through in how we act
  12. You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone
  13. Choices
  14. We should use the Bible every day
  15. Man’s plans prevailed by God’s purpose
  16. Rest thy delight on Jehovah
  17. If there is bitterness in the heart
  18. Purify my heart
  19. A good idea to halt all activity for one hour some day
  20. Sow and harvests in the garden of your heart

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  • The Psalter in the Early Church (frted.wordpress.com)
    Jean Danielou notes that it is the messianic nature of the Psalms which made their appropriation by the early Church so complete.   They became the basis for early Christian worship because they were read as being primarily messianic.   Their historic value was not their main appeal to the early Christians.  It is not their Jewish nature which gave them their authority; rather it was their messianic nature.
  • Opposing Christ (foolforhim.wordpress.com)
    Are you a member of the church that Jesus built? Are you a member of the kingdom he spoke of in Matthew 16:16-18? Have you obeyed the conditions of salvation as laid down by the Lord Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 and by the apostles in Acts 2:38 and in 1 Peter 3:21?
  • Bring Your Burdens To The Lord (birdchirp.wordpress.com)
    Peter invites believers to place their total trust in God. We do this in full assurance, because He cares for His children.
  • Favorite Promises of God (fathomingheaven.wordpress.com)
    A couple of weeks ago, I participated in a women’s conference where the presenters posed this question for small-group discussion: “What is your favorite promise of God?” Promise. Singular! What?! One of the speakers commented that there are some 135 promises from God in the Bible—and I’m inclined to believe there Must be more. So how in the world could I possibly narrow them down to one favorite? Instead, I started jotting down every promise that came to mind.
  • The Psalter: Smartphone of the Soul (revisited) (gentlereformation.com)
    Paul, writing to the Colossians, highlights the superiority and supremacy of Christ in the first two chapters. Then, he teaches the believers how to live in Christ. Verse 15 says “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” His peace is to rule, order, and direct our hearts. How does this happen? In verse 16, he says: “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” Such indwelling occurs as the saints sing “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.” Those three words are all titles to the 150 Psalms of the Old Testament. As we sing the Spirit-inspired word of Christ, it rules in our hearts. Verse 17 goes on: “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” The following verses flesh out the “everything” in various relationships of life, including the wife/husband, child/parent, and slave/master relationship. The “everything” of life includes prayer, speech, and conduct, as is clear on into chapter four. The Psalms speak to every area of life.
  • Psalms 136:4 “To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.” #love #god (church4u2.wordpress.com)
  • Light to My Path (theencouragementexpress.com)
    Some of you have been asking the Lord for direction. Go to Bible and seek it out. Go through the prophetic words and promises you’ve received. The path will become clear.
  • Being Holy (dailybibleplan.com)
    As followers of Christ, we too are called by God to be holy.  In 1 Peter 1:14-16 we read, “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”  The biggest difference, however, it that while the Israelites were able to separate themselves physically from the evil around them, we are literally surrounded by unbelief and evil on a daily basis.  The morals of this world constantly degrade the standards set forth by God so many years ago.
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