What Does 1 Corinthians 13:13 Mean?

But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Of all the gifts and graces that are poured out in great abundance into the lives of believers there are three that out-shine and out-last all others. When prophecy is complete, languages cease, signs are silenced, and miracles of health, healing, provision and protection are no longer needed. We are told that these three, spiritual fruit of God’s amazing grace will continue and will remain and abide into the eternal state.

In this earthly life, faith must remain for we live by faith and not by sight, and our hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, Who has been given to all who trust in Christ for salvation. But the eternal God is perfect love and the perfect love of God has been eternally poured into our hearts, through time and into eternity. And both faith and hope are a beautiful manifestation of the love of God in the life of a believer, which will remain, not only in this age but in the eternal ages to come.

In the earthly realm, both faith and hope will last, for without faith it is impossible to please God and without hope we could not endure, as seeing Him who is invisible. But love is the loveliest grace of all, for during our sojourn on earth we are being conformed into the image and likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is incarnate love, and it is by reflecting His love that we are to resemble the Lord – for God is Love.

But this life is the first step into an eternity of love with God and these three graces of faith, hope and love must of necessity all continue beyond this mortal sphere, for the attributes of God are incomparable in their beauty, His perfections are unlimited in their number, everlasting in their duration and absolute in their span.

We, who have been saved by grace are to enter into the glories of the celestial sphere and our understanding and knowledge of God must continue throughout the ages to come.. and our faith in Him will stand fast forever, our hope in Him will be forever realised. But it is the love that He has for us that will move us ever closer to the love that we have for Him – as we abide in Him and He in us, through time and into eternity.

My Prayer

Thank You Father for Your gift of salvation by grace alone – simply because we believe in Your Son. Thank You for the hope that is set before us and thank You for the love of the Lord Jesus, which was demonstrated to us on a wooden cross, 2000 years ago. May His love flood our hearts and pour through us into the lives of others, that they may know Your love, have faith in Your finished work and receive that blessed hope in their hearts, that only comes from You, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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