1 Corinthians 13:8-13

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
  • Agape
  • 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

The Temporary

  • 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)

The Eternal

  • LOVE

Already, and Not Yet (How to Live in the Last Days)

  • 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).
David Briones – http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/already-not-yet

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