1 Corinthians 13
1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of
prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I
give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is
not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will
pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked
like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a
reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
I want to focus on verse 11 specifically.
11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind
First off, we must understand that Paul was talking to the Corinthians, so he talked in a philosophical manner that would be appealing to the Greeks
and their style of thought.
My question is, what does it take to become a man, or woman? Does becoming a man or woman in conventional terms necessarily mean you become a man or
woman of God? Can you be both?
In this chapter, the theme of love is very apparent. Paul is basically saying, no matter how many works you do, or how much faith you have, if you do
not love in your works and faith, it is for nothing, like trying to grow seeds in a salted field. Paul is also saying that the followers should mature
and reason like adults, but the extreme emphasis on the importance of love, which I am glad to see, is, I believe, no coincidence.
However, this is where this gets interesting... from Jesus Christ
13 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.
14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15 When he had
placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
So Jesus Christ kindly rebukes the disciples for rebuking the children and/or the people that brought them to him, and goes on to say, "The Kingdom of
Heaven belongs to such as these," referring to the children. Why does Jesus Christ say that the kingdom of heaven belongs to the little children?
Because's a child's love is innocent, it is pure. The disciples, almost indoctrinated by the time's societal values, disregarded children as little,
insignificant beings, whereas Jesus Christ loved from straight from the start and viewed them equally, if not higher, than the egotistic adults.( This
little tidbit of information is important to keep in mind.) Hmm...
This is my take on the whole thing... Paul and the disciples taught fundamentals (religion), whereas Jesus Christ teaches the heart. To explain it a
little clearer, the disciples and apostles taught science and math whereas Jesus Christ taught the purest form of philosophy, the truth about the
abstract and intangible facets of life.
Religion gives people a way to tie unconventional reality and conventional reality together, bringing the sacred to conventional reality. But the
problem lies when religion oversteps its boundary, and acts as an intermediary between you and God, when in truth, your heart and Jesus Christ is.
When Jesus Christ says that he is the only way to Father, I think Jesus Christ meant that living like him and seeing as he did and wholeheartedly
knowing who he is while we are experiencing this limited, set time in the flesh is the way to be with Father personally and immediately in this life
and the next... Since Jesus Christ did away with the Law of Moses, which served a specific purpose that is no longer necessary, and its stacked
precepts on precepts, the rules and laws have been written in the hearts of everyone; we just forget to listen to our hearts as we grow up coping to
the coldness of this world. We also forget that everyone started in the same place, created with the same love.
WOOOO 2 paragraphs worth of sidetracking... lol. anywho, heres the main topic of discussion again:
What does it take to become a man, or woman? Does becoming a man or woman in conventional terms necessarily mean you become a man or woman of God? Can
you be both?
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