A Short Study of 1st Corinthians 13:13
“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
(1st Corinthians 13:13)
I admire the blessed conclusion, with which the Apostle ends the Chapter, in drawing the different qualities of faith, hope, and charity, by the way of the more exalting the latter. Faith abideth with the believer, being a grace of the SPIRIT in the believer, and from his operation in the soul; it therefore abideth to the very last. Yea, regenerated souls, not only live believing, but die believing. The Covenant-love of GOD in CHRIST, with regenerated souls, are the same in life and death. These all (saith the HOLY GHOST by his servant the Apostle) died in faith, (Hebrews 11:13). So hope, in like manner, rests in the full assurance, of all the unseen things engaged for, in the covenant. Hope realizeth them, substantiateth them, and considers them sure. Hence it is called, a “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13).
But, both faith and hope cease; when the soul enters Heaven; for their offices are for ever done away. For what a man seeth, he can no longer hope for, (Romans 8:4). But charity, the love which is a branch of the love of GOD in CHRIST, flowing from his heart into ours, remains for ever; and therefore, in this sense, is greater than both. Precious JESUS! oh! for a portion of that love, that charity, which is the LORD’S gift, and not man’s creating; and which, as it comes from GOD, so doth it lead to GOD, and will find room for exercise, for ever.