-The Corinthians church were not walking in turn with God’s Spirit
-and living in the flesh
-Abused the Gifts of the spirits
-Little to no regard for others.
-They may have had gifts of the spirit,
-BUT they lacked the fruit of the spirit
-Paul reminds them in Chapter 13 that you could be the most spiritual gifted individual in the world and if you lack love you are NOTHING.
-Notice the context has nothing to do with weddings...
-The context is the love shared between brothers and sisters in the faith who share the fellowship of the same local church.
-AGAPE - Love
-Rarely used in ancient Greek lit
-most commonly used word for Love in the NT
-Not romatic of sensual love…like eros
-not in the NT
-Does not mean friendship or brotherly love like Philio
-NO…AGAPE IS A DEEPER KIND OF LOVE.
-SACRIFICIAL, PURE, SELFLESS, AND HOLY.
-Paul defines it for us in Chapter 13.
-IMPORTANT FOR US TO ALLOW THE BIBLE TO DEFINE LOVE.
-culture has mis-defined it.
-speak in the tongues of men and of angels..
-Saying if I had the greatest gift of eloquence and the greatest speaking gift in the world…and have not love I would be a clanging cymbal.
-It is interesting here that even someone of great eloquence could become nothing but noise.
-Even speaking truth without love is nothing but noise.
YOU CAN SPEAK THE RIGHT TRUTH IN THE WRONG WAY.
Prophetic powers -
Prophesy is a speaking gift, but it is related to knowledge because it is the proclaiming of knowledge.
-A man of God is obligated to share the truth of God in love.
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
Understand all mysteries and all knowledge
-Mysteries - divine spiritual understanding
-knowledge - the grasping of facts and history etc
“all faith” - REMOVE MOUNTIANS
BUT HAVE NOT LOVE…I AM NOTHING
“GIVE AWAY ALL I HAVE”
“DELIEVER BY BODY TO BE BURNED”
Some groups promote self-humiliation, self-harm, and self denial to earn spritiual favor in the eyes of GOd and men.
“Deliever my body to be burned” - somebelieve this is a reference to slavier
-Slaves often branded with a hot iron to make themelsves as owned property.
-could be a reference to being burned alive as a martyr
-I GAIN NOTHING