mystery in the mirror

May 2016 (13)

1 Corinthians 13:11-13

1Co 13:11 When I was a minor, I spoke like a minor, I thought like a minor, I reasoned like a minor. When I became a man, I put aside the things associated with my having been a minor.
1Co 13:12 Because now we see an enigma when we look into a mirror, but later we will see face to face. Now I know piecemeal, later I will really know, just like I am really known.
1Co 13:13 But as it is, these three things last: faith, hope, and love; and love is the greater of these.

mystery in the mirror

The Corinthians were so enthusiastic about their leaders, and the amazing spiritual gifts they were manifesting. Paul agreed that spiritual gifts are amazing, but he tried to bring this enthusiastic group down to earth just a little bit. He reminded them that even the most gifted among them is nothing compared to who and what he or she will be in the future. He had referred to a time of maturity (10) which will come later. He admitted that he, himself, needs to grow in his knowledge before he would be mature enough to solve the mystery of himself, that is, see himself as Christ sees him. So, he encourages them to strive toward this coming maturity, which means less emphasis on gifts, and more emphasis on mature qualities, like faith, hope, and love. Of these three qualities of a mature believer, love is the greater.

LORD, make us more and more like the mature believers that you see, when you look at us through eternal eyes.


About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary who now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. If your church or small group would like to hear Jeff speak, you can contact him at -- !
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