Good mornin to you my friend. Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me.
[I just now read 1 Corinthians chapter 13, and a thought occurred to me that I want to pass on to you that I believe will be a blessing to you].
How many times have you read scripture with a presupposition on the text’s meaning? (I have). Then you come back another day and read that same scripture casually (just for fun), and you then have an unexpected moment of revelation about what you just finished reading? Well that’s what happened to me just now. Praise Jesus Christ!
Here’s what happened:
This morning I read someone’s post that was verse 11 all by itself. And the message in verse 11 was so interesting to read, that I went and read the whole of chapter 13 to feast on God’s word. And without thinking about analyzing the meaning of verse 10 (a much-studied verse), an application of verse 10 leapt out at me that I wasn’t looking for.
So go ahead and read the chapter now (it’s only 13 verses), and we’ll talk more after you’re finished:
1 Corinthians chapter 13
King James Version
1 “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
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.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
Here’s a couple of views on the meaning of verse 10:
• Verse 10 references the completed canon of scripture.
• Verse 10 references Christ’s return at the end of this world.
I believe that both of those views are accurate. But just reading chapter 13 on the face of what it says, I see verse 10 as primarily referencing the Christian’s death when he or she puts on immortality in our glorified state. Which timing is unique to each Christian, (verses 8, 9, & 12 being the reinforcers).
I don’t claim to be infallible, so if you have a different analysis of verse 10 then that’s fine with me.
Well I hope that what you’ve read here has been a blessing to you in some way. Not so much in my analysis of scripture, but as a reminder to always question everything religion teaches you by your engaging in prayerful, Holy Spirit taught KJV Bible consumption.
All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and no glory to us whatsoever.