A Short Study of 1st Corinthians 13:8

“Charity 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.”
(1st Corinthians 13:8)

Now this can be said of no other Christian grace, in the sense in which love is here spoken of.

  • Hope will be done away, when the thing hoped for is enjoyed.
  • Faith will be lost in sight, when the object, not seen, but believed in, is revealed in open vision.
  • Prophecies shall fail, when all the grand events predicted are fulfilled; and there is nothing relating to the kingdom, to need their further ministry.
  • Tongues will also cease, when language, now necessary to communicate thoughts, will be no longer wanted.
  • And all the knowledge of the earth, suited to the childhood of our present existence, will be superseded, in the ripeness of perfection, in Heaven.

But, amidst all these failures, this charity, this love, being from Christ and in Christ, and as such, being immortal, incorruptible, and everlasting, cannot fail, but abideth forever.

Robert Hawker

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