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April 28, 2018

Please read today’s Scriptures and use the comment section on this page to share your insights from today’s reading. You can also just mention a verse that impacted you or post a question!

Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: 2 Kings 20 – 2 Kings 22
Audio: 2 Kings 20 – 2 Kings 22

You can use the audio Bible as a guide to help “set the pace” as you read along.

Memory Verse of the Week

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.
God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability,
but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape,
that you may be able to endure it.”
(1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV)

1 Corinthians 13 (ESV)

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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  1. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. ~1 Corinthians 13:1

    What's Love Got To Do With It? Everything!

    When we think of the recurring theme of division in the Corinthian church that Paul has been warning against throughout 1 Corinthians, and how the body of Christ should be working together in unity, it's clear what they lacked genuine love. 

    Selfishness and pride were rampant in this church and jealousy over spiritual gifts brought out this incredible chapter on love. 

    For reference, there are sounds of a noisy gong and clanging cymbals:

    Gong Sound:

    Clanging Cymbal:

    When Paul writes "If I speak in the tongues of men", he is referring to tongues at Pentecost (Acts 2:4-12) where people heard and understood Peter's sermon in their own language. 

    The "tongues of angels" that Paul references is an interesting statement as there is no biblical teaching of an angelic language that people could learn to speak or to understand. A few denominations believe there is a literal angelic tongue and not only encourage people to speak in it, but they teach others how to. There is no biblical precedent for this. 

    Worse, many of these same denominations teach that if you don't speak in this angelic language, it's evidence you do not have the Holy Spirit or are not "filled" with the Spirit of God. Even more regretful is that some teach that unless you do not speak in an angelic tongue, you're not truly saved. This unbiblical teaching has caused many to mimmic (or fake) the tongues other people speak. 

    In speaking to husbands, Paul writes, "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her" (Ephesians 5:25).

    When I consider all that Christ did for us, His church, the word that comes to mind is sacrifice. When we sacrifice ourselves for the sake of others, that is the true embodiment of love. 

    In John 15:13, Jesus said, "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends."

    Love is our motive. True love is not an abstract feeling that is fleeting but is expressed in tangible, sacrificial ways. 

    Love is knowable. 

    One of my favorite portions of Scripture is Paul's prayer to the church at Ephesus.

    "For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God" (Ephesians 3:14-19).

    To know the love of Christ. A love that surpasses knowledge. The outcome, the result is that we may be filled with all the fullness of God. What an amazing declaration of truth that evades those who do not love. 

    If we experienced the love Paul writes about in this chapter, how different would our lives be?

    If we manifested this love to others, how different would their lives be?

  2. In the ministry of the body, love is essential. This is the core message of chapter 13.

    Much has been written and such about 1 Corinthians 13:8-10.

    I have read that where verse 10 talks about the 'perfect', that it is talking about the word of God. When God's revelation to man is completed, that the sign gifts will cease. As pastor Scott has said, people who teach this are called Cessationists, and teach that the sign gifts all ceased with the end of the apostolic age. 

    I do not agree with this for the following reason.

    • The context does not mention God's word, or God's message, or God's revelation.
    • The context does mention being a child and maturing so as to give up childish ways
    • The context does mention us being perfected in 1 Corinthians 13:12
      • We see in a mirror dimly – our vision of God and Christ is muted, sort of like looking through translucent glass. We have a rough picture, but nothing that is clear.
      • One day we will see God face to face 1 John 3:2 also talks about this transformation.
      • When we are transformed, our understanding will transform. The implication is that this transformation occurs when we are in heaven.
      • This also makes sense, because in heaven there will no longer be any need for the sign gifts.

    So what does this mean for the sign gifts? Can these spiritual gifts be present today?

    Based on this text, I have to say yes.

    However, I am very cautious to say that the demonstration of these gifts today is abused, if not outright heresy.

    • Any demonstration of the gifts will always be consistent with existing revelation of God.
      • 1 Corinthians 12:3 – Speaking in the Spirit of God, none can call Christ 'accursed'.
      • Some would say that the demonstration of the gifts can give 'new' revelation of God that supplants previous revelation of God.
      • I argue that God does not change. He is the same, yesterday, today and forever. Forever. Any demonstration of the spiritual gifts will always, always, always be consistent with the revealed nature and character of God.
    • Any demonstration of the gifts will be tempered by love (1 Corinthians 13)
    • Any demonstration of the gifts should not cause divisions (1 Corinthians 12)
    • Any demonstration of the gifts is for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7)
  3. I think so far, this is my favorite chapter of those I've read in the Bible.

    Christianity is about God's Word, and as far as I can tell, it all boils down to love, which I love!

    Verses 4 – 7 are the ones I repeat to myself when I feel myself losing patience with others. LOL… I even chant, "Patience, Love and Kindness" in a cute, sing-song voice, and my Mom & Mikey love it. They know exactly why I'm doing it, and it serves as a great reminder & makes us laugh, which always diffuses the tension.

    I am in such awe of Jesus all the time. I'll never be able to get it through my head how He could love and die for someone like me, and yet I know that's exactly the truth. 

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