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1 Corinthians 13: Faith, Hope & Love, Part 4 (Falling Away)

At this point, the way we lose our salvation should be obvious. If we enter by faith, we leave by giving up our faith. As we covered in the last post, faith has three elements. We even made up a … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 13: Faith, Hope & Love, Part 3 (Salvation)

So we are saved by grace, and so long as we’re saved at all, we’re entirely saved. (Heb 10:14 NIV) For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. So how might I fall … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 13: Faith, Hope & Love, Part 2 (Grace)

So in Part 1, we covered some of the reasons love is the greatest of all God’s gifts. We could go on, but we need to consider why faith and hope get added to the list. Why these two other … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 13: Faith, Hope & Love, Part 1

Chapter 13 famously concludes with — (1Co 13:13 ESV) 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. What few notice is that this famous triad appears elsewhere in the New Testament … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 13-14 (On Prophecy and Tongues, Part 2)

Tongues in Acts I take the gift of tongues in Acts 2 to have been the miraculous ability to hear in one’s own tongue — and I don’t know whether the apostles spoke in multiple languages or that’s how God allowed them … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 13-14 (On Prophecy and Tongues, Part 1)

One of great difficulties of interpreting chapters 11 – 14, is we really just aren’t that certain about what “prophecy” and “tongues” were. And the first step to a deeper understanding is admitting our lack of certainty. It’s been traditionally … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 13:8-12 (that which is perfect), Part 5 (“maturity”)

Another possible reading of “that which is perfect” or teleios is “maturity.” However, the more general definition is — In the NT “perfect” is usually the tr[anslation] of teleios, primarily, “having reached the end” … L. Walker, “Perfect, Perfection,” ed. … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 13:8-12 (that which is perfect), Part 4 (“abides”)

Faith after Jesus returns The argument that faith ends at the Second Coming is usually based on — (Heb 11:1 ESV) Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. The idea is that … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 13:8-12 (that which is perfect), Part 2 (miracles)

When Alexander Campbell wrote and preached in the early 1800s, he struggled against teachings of the Society of Friends (Quakers) and similar denominations that taught that the Spirit presently inspired believers at the same level as scripture. As a result, … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 13:5b-7 (Love is …)

Insist on its own way Gormon’s study of Paul’s ethic concludes that love “seeks the good, the advantage, the edification of others. It is characterized by regard for them. Love, according to the apostle, is the dynamic, creative endeavor of … Continue reading

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