More Excellent Ways: Introduction

"Charity (love) never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away." (1 Corinthians 13:8, emphasis mine)

So, I open with the next verse because it tells an interesting truth regarding church atmosphere. Ideally, a church atmosphere should be one suffused and saturated and steeped in the love of God. This isn't always the case. And even if there are the outrageous supernatural things mentioned in the above verse happening with frequency, there still, Dear God, could be an absence of the fulness of the love of God. And this is not good.

Prophecies, tongues, knowledge. All these things are and should be pointing to a Person. The prime mover is God—and God is love. The point of these eminently spiritual activities is not to show that "we've arrived", but to live out the love of God in a fuller measure. The circuit is then complete. Paul says plainly that they will "vanish away".

"...and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way." (2 Corinthians 12:31b, emphasis mine)

In closing, a wee anecdote. The "triple bar" (like an equal sign but with an extra line) means "identical to". Three parallel lines. I would say the three statements on love as translated in the Amplified Bible are indeed "identical to" the love that Jesus lived out while He walked this earth.

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