3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that … If there are super-natural gifts, where are they? " The comparison which Paul at once made contrasted the childhood age of the church with the church's maturity, not the present dispensation with the ultimate condition of the saints in heaven; and this demands that the expression "that which is perfect" must be associated, not with conditions in heaven, but with the maturity of the church; and that condition is met only by referring the words to God's completed revelation, the Bible. It is in this dispensation that faith, hope and love abide; but what is especially stressed, "Love is the greatest" of the trio. This chapter should never be construed as merely an abstract teaching on love, parenthetically inserted. The cacophonous pretense of heathen worship included the clashing and banging of gongs and cymbals and the braying of brass trumpets.  George W. DeHoff, Sermons on First Corinthians (Murfreesboro, Tennessee: The Christian Press, 1947), p. 96. Love is God's imprimatur Upon the human heart, A glorious investiture, His image to impart. While true enough that removing mountains was a well-known Jewish metaphor for solving difficult problems (see Matthew 17:20; Luke 17:6, especially the comment in my Commentary on Luke, pp.  Foy E. Wallace, Jr., A Review of the New Versions (Fort Worth, Texas: Foy E. Wallace, Jr., Publications, 1973), p. 435. Such is the difference between earth and heaven. Final Exhortations. Love works the greatest miracle of transformation in human hearts, distinguishing it from faith, which exists in some pretty cold fish!SIZE>. called in these chapters "spiritual gifts," are to be identified with the things in part that shall be done away involves interpreters in an impossible position. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 13:4". 24:42; 1 Corinthians 16:13: 1 Cor.  John William Russell, Compact Commentary on the New Testament (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1964), p. 426. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.  Paul W. Marsh, A New Commentary (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1969), p. 404. The character of people pretending to perform miracles in this generation refutes their claims.  F. W. Farrar, The Pulpit Commentary (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. Thus, the fact of the appearance of that which was to do the superseding proved the near approach of the time for it to occur. Î³ÎÎ½ÏÎ± Î¼Î±ÎºÏá½¸Î½ á¼ ÏÎµá¿, although they may be, in the highest degree, delightful, extensive, and useful. Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall be done away; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall be done away. But have not love ... Three Greek words for "love" are [@eros] (erotic love), [@fileo] (affection), and [@agape], the latter being the word here. They get rich doing it; but the apostles never took money for healing anyone. It honored an Indian who had burned himself in public.". Read full chapter. Thus, Guthrie commented on this verse, "greater than these is the love (of God). Take ordinary "knowledge," is this to be done away with when we get to heaven? cit., p. 339. "Now" in this verse meant that Paul had returned to the present situation after the digression to speak of eternal things in 1 Corinthians 13:12, which should be treated, actually, as a parenthesis.  David Lipscomb, Commentary on 1Corinthians (Nashville: Gospel Advocate Company, 1935), p. 194. Whatever may have prompted Paul's words here, the lesson is clear, that no liberal giver nor fanatical ascetic may be assured of eternal life without the all-important, indispensable virtue of love. Men need simply to believe and obey it.". That there is, in fact, just such an emphasis in this 1 Corinthians 13:12, is proved by Paul's prompt return to the "now" in the final verse immediately after this. All other rights reserved. cit., p. 338. These are to be added to "tongues" mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13:1, all of them being miraculous gifts which had caused so much trouble at Corinth. Despite this classification, 1 Corinthians 13:13 evidently stands apart. NKJV 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could … "We know that if he shall be manifested, we shall be like him; for we shall see him even as he is'" (1 John 3:2). Those gifts at Corinth had a purpose. Abideth ... here has the force of saying that the miraculous spiritual gifts shall not abide; and, of course, they did not; nor do they exist now. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. "The permanent danger of intellectual eminence is intellectual snobbery," as Barclay said; but there is surely an antidote for it in such a passage as this.