1 Corinthians 13:8-13 – Love never ends
My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Sept 11th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon. You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.
- Agape Love… love in action
- Paul is painting a portrait of love, and Jesus Christ is sitting for the portrait. He lived out in perfection all of these virtues of love. This beautiful picture of love is a portrait of Him. (John MacArthur- 1 Corinthians Commentary)
- Remember the context. Spiritual gifts within the life of the church
- Our relationship with others is a direct reflection of our relationship with God.
- The unified Church focuses on the eternal not the temporal
- What will be standing at the end
- Love or gifts
- Consider the Constant, the Passing and live faithfully as we Wait.
Love is eternal – v. 8a
- Love never ends
- God’s Love for us
- Our love for God
- Our love for one another
- Falls. Fails to make the cut
- Love does not fail because
- Bears, Believes, Hopes, Endures ALL THINGS
The gifts will cease/pass away – vv. 8b-10
- Prophecies, Knowledge, Tongues
- Those that had been causing the most controversy
- Remember, the context of this passage…. UNITY IN THE CHURCH
- Not carry over into the next.
- No longer needed
- YET… Love will carry over from this age into the fullness of the age to come
- Jeremiah 31:34
The joy is living in the now as we await the future – vv. 11-13
- We know and prophesy in part
- We are limited
- Paul was including himself (even the apostle)
- We are influenced and tainted by sin
When the perfect comes, then the partial will pass away
- The Lord’s victorious return
- All things will be complete
Moving Toward Maturity
- Child – Adult
- Mirror – Face to Face
- Partial – Full
The concluding statement -v. 13
- Faith – Trusting God in what we cannot see.
- Hope – Expecting God to do what He has promised.
- (In Glory we will SEE HIM and BE WITH HIM)
Already, and Not Yet (How to Live in the Last Days)
David Briones – http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/already-not-yet
- already adopted in Christ (Romans 8:15), but not yet adopted (Romans 8:23);
- already redeemed in Christ (Ephesians 1:7), but not yet redeemed (Ephesians 4:30);
- already sanctified in Christ (1 Corinthians 1:2), but not yet sanctified (1 Thessalonians 5:23–24);
- already saved in Christ (Ephesians 2:8), but not yet saved (Romans 5:9);
- already raised with Christ (Ephesians 2:6), but not yet raised (1 Corinthians 15:52).