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For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.John 3:16
- Words of an angel without love is clanging noise.
- Prophecy and intellectual understanding are nothing without love.
- Sacrificial acts of charity have no profit without love.
- Love is patient, kind, fulfilled, and humble.
- Love is polite, not self-seeking, and has well-intended thoughts.
- God’s love is eternal, and we will see fully in the New Jerusalem.
- Abide in faith, hope, and most importantly love.
Words of an angel without love is clanging noise. “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13:1 It would seem if a person spoke like an angel, then words of love would flow. Unfortunately, there are a lot of churchy and humanitarian sounding words being used in this world today but has nothing to do with love. They are promoting their “democratic” society based on words like love, support, peace, democracy etc. At the same time, they deny the love of God, discard the need for Jesus Christ, and trample on the Holy Spirit. They have become a clanging symbol against the love that comes through Christ as they synchronize people to the mark of the beast.
Prophecy and intellectual understanding are nothing without love. “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 remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:2 The thing that has power over physiology gives uncanny knowledge and heightened intuition to be able to give astonishing understanding of all things, including the Bible. What they don’t have is inspiration through the Holy Spirit, not a word to bring people to the compassion of Christ and have nothing through the love of God. Their intellect and understanding are nothing in the eyes of God. The teaching and preaching in the churches today are nothing without the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is all about the love of God.
Sacrificial acts of charity have no profit without love. “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:3 The big thrust of those promoting the “democratic” society is all about being supportive of those in need. Especially during environmental catastrophes such as earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, tornados, etc. Sacrificing oneself doesn’t count as points to enter into heaven if the love of God is not behind it. They also promote charitable acts done through the community and have seduced the churches into that helping-hand frame of mind. They have adopted humanism empowered by the mark of the beast, which discards any need for the love of God and Jesus Christ. For them, Salvation comes through people helping people, but in the eyes of God all of that charity is not profitable at all. Salvation comes through Jesus Christ by the love of God.
Love is patient, kind, fulfilled, and humble. “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;” 1 Corinthians 13:4 The love we have as followers of Christ comes from our body being the temple of the Holy Spirit. Love is patience, kindness, and is not envious for money, possessions, nor people. Love does not make a show of itself nor is prideful. On the other hand, those who live by the mark of the beast are totally opposite, as described here, “…it opposes and exalts itself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that it sits as God in the temple of God, showing itself that it is God.” It sits in the temple of God, the human body, showing that it is God. People share its characteristics who allow their mind and heart to be its seat of government. They allow the thing that has power over physiology to form what they think, feel, and do. They are not patient with those who are not part of their society, they are cruel, and envious for money, possessions, and carnal relationships. They parade themselves as a member of an elite society and are puffed up in their sense of self-righteousness. In essence, they are boasting, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with it?” Revelation 13:4
Love is polite, not self-seeking, and has well-intended thoughts. “…does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;” 1 Corinthians 13:5 Love is polite, not self-seeking, not provoked, and has well-intended thoughts. Those who live by the mark of the beast are rude towards the Spirit of Christ, only seek their own advantage, are easily provoked by opposition, and are constantly full of evil thoughts. The thoughts they live by continually opposes God, comes against Jesus Christ, and afflicts the Holy Spirit. Those who live by the love of God, “…does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13;6-7 Those who live by the mark of the beast rejoices when the Gospel of Christ is afflicted, and they thrive on iniquity. They toss truth to the ground, do not take any guff, refuse to believe anything against the “democratic” society of the mark of the beast, has no spiritual hope, and do not weather the storm. Whatever they think or feel about someone, a situation, or something is given to them by the thing that gives them what to feel, think, and do.
God’s love is eternal, and we will see fully in the New Jerusalem. “Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.” 1 Corinthians 13:8 In this world, love becomes cold, and the world becomes a place of conflict, but the love of God never fails, who sent Jesus Christ to give us eternal life. Everything in this world will fail and pass away except for God’s love. A day is coming when there will no longer be prophecies, different tongues, and knowledge. In the eternal home of the New Jerusalem none of that will be necessary, but the love of God is eternally with us. “For we know in part and we prophesy in part.” 1 Corinthians 13:9 On this earth, what we know and share from the Bible and in the Spirit of Christ is only part of the story. The rest of the story is when we enter the paradise of God. “But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.” 1 Corinthians 13:10 When the perfect eternal New Jerusalem comes, then we will see the full picture.
Abide in faith, hope, and most importantly love. “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11 As a child, our knowledge of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit is not fully developed but we grow in grace, knowledge, and love. As we grow in the Spirit of Christ, our words and thoughts mature in Him as we become more Christ-like. We begin to comprehend that from God’s love He sent His Son to atone for sin and to give us eternal life. That love is what matters, and it’s more important than any charity, sacrifice, language, knowledge, preaching, etc. “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12 On earth, we don’t have a clear view of our life in the New Jerusalem. but when that day comes, we will know just as Jesus Christ knows us. “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 Let’s abide in faith in God, the hope we have in Jesus Christ, and most importantly to abide in the love of God through the Spirit of Christ.
“….to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets,“
‘I will not impose any other burden on you, except to hold on to what you have until I come.’”
“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.”
Revelation 2:24-25, 3:1
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