Grace to You

We're looking at 1 Corinthians chapter 13...1 Corinthians chapter 13, back to the great love chapter and what fascination this chapter holds for us. We have already studied the first two emphases, the prominence of love in the first three verses; the perfections of love in the next four verses, verses 4 through 7. And now we come to the permanence of love...the permanence of love.

And Paul opens this section on the permanence of love in verse 8 with a familiar grand climactic statement, "Love never fails." We have already learned that if you could speak the languages of men and angels and didn't have love, you'd be a noisy gong and a clanging cymbal. If you had the knowledge of prophecy and the gift to communicate and knew all mysteries and all knowledge and had all faith, those are all hyperbolic expressions, enough faith to move mountains but were void of love, you would be nothing. And if you made the ultimate sacrifice of giving all your possessions to feed the poor and surrendering your own body to be burned, it wouldn't profit you anything apart from love. Such is the nature of love that it is the preeminent virtue....

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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry...

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