Love Now & Then


This Sunday we continue on in 1 Corinthians looking at chapter 13 verses 8-13.  In these verses Paul points out the essence of the Christian life now (in this life) and then (when Jesus returns). In so doing Paul makes the point that it is of no small importance for a Christian to know the difference between the two, as apparently was the case in Corinth - they thought all the blessings of heaven were for the present.  


8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
— 1 Corinthians 13:8-13

Think it Through

Why is love the greatest of the triad (faith, hope, and love) mentioned in verse 13?  

Further Reading

 For further reading on love in the Christian life, read Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) exposition of 1 Corinthians 13, ‘Charity and its Fruits’.  The work is perhaps one of the greatest treatments of the chapter and the subject of how love should be active in our Christian lives out there. The book can easily be found and read for free online.


What is the essence of true Christian experience? What are the marks that we should look for as evidence of Christ's work in a person or in a church?