1 Corinthians 13:8
ESV - 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
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The statement "love never fails" comes from best-known chapter in the Bible on love, 1 Corinthians 13. Among its many quoted phrases is a portion of verse 8, "Love never fails." Love never fails, a...
The answer to the question is quite simple. God is love and God never fails. The rest of us do fail, therefore, our love will fail.
1 Corinthians 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, a [Charity] Greek: agape spontaneous and divine love. It is more eternal than gifts. Ingredients of Divine Love: Patience -- love passive: no hurry; suffers long; bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things (1Cor. 13:4,7) Kindness -- love in action: never acts rashly or insolently; not inconsistent, puffed up, or proud (1Cor. 13:4) Generosity -- love in competition: not envious or jealous (1Cor. 13:4) Humility -- love in hiding: no parade; no airs; works then retires (1Cor. 13:4) Courtesy -- love in society: does not behave unseemly; always polite; at home with all classes; never rude or discourteous (1Cor. 13:5) Unselfishness -- love in essence: never selfish, sour, or bitter; seeks only good of others; does not retaliate or seek revenge (1Cor. 13:5) Good temper -- love in disposition: never irritated; never resentful (1Cor. 13:5) Righteousness -- love in conduct: hates sin; never glad when others go wrong; always gladdened by goodness to others; always slow to expose; always eager to believe the best; always hopeful, always enduring (1Cor. 13:6-7) Sincerity -- love in profession: never boastful and conceited; not a hypocrite; always honest; leaves no impression but what is strictly true; never self-assertive; does not blaze out in passionate anger, nor brood over wrongs; always just, joyful, and truthful; knows how to be silent; full of trust; always present 1 Corinthians 13:8 [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] Three things that will fail or be susperseded: prophecies, tongues, and knowledge. [fail] Greek: katargeo -to make useless or void; abolish; leave unemployed (Rom. 3:3; 4:14; Gal. 3:17; 5:4). It is translated "fail," "vanish away," "done away" and "put away" (1Cor. 13:8,10,11). Here it literally means that when the completeness of communication and knowledge comes, tongues will be no barrier and partial knowledge will be superseded by the perfect or complete (1Cor. 13:9-10). People in eternity will be able to speak all the languages of all others in the universe, thus doing away with present-day language barriers. The partial knowledge will be superseded by perfect knowledge. It is only that which is in part that will be done away or come to an end (1Cor. 13:9-10). In 1Cor. 13:11-12 Paul further makes clear his meaning, when he compares the next life to something as far advanced over this one as adulthood over childhood; and when he declares that we now see darkly into the future, knowing only a few things, whereas then, face to face with God, we shall know other persons and things as now known by God.
To me, this phrase means, whatever the situation is, Love is a proper answer. If we are exercising Spiritual gifts, some my not respond to tongues, prophecy etc., but if you show Love, Love will not fail you! If you are trying to reach the lost, they may not respond to a warning, but show them Love and see how much quicker they respond.
In the Greek there are different forms of love, i.e. phileo, which is brotherly love, eros, which is romantic love, and agape, which is God’s love, but agape is more than just the manner in which God expresses His love. Agape love defines God’s character, as can be seen in the definition of agape love (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). And immediately after this definition, we have our reference text: (Agape) love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8). When we express love, it is through an action, but actions are dependent upon the person. Even God can choose to express love to some and not to others, as we see in Heb. 10:30-31, the Lord is not pleased with those who turn their back on salvation (Heb. 10:29). So, the text in question cannot be referring to an expression of love. It has to be something deeper, and I believe it is reflected in Romans 8:38-39. The ESV clouds the issue slightly in that it states “…separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The NKJV and the NASB bring to the fore, the point I want to focus on – that God’s agape love is in our Lord and Savior. They read, “…separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” God’s agape love is also in us (John 17:26). And it is related to God’s glory that was given to our Lord AND to us (John 17:22). God’s glory is given to believers in order that they may be made perfect some day (John 17:23). God’s glory is His nature (Heb. 1:3). What is God’s nature? It is His character – agape love! So, the crux of the matter is that God’s agape love, once it has been perfected in those of us who are believers, i.e. at the resurrection, it will never end because it, in fact, will be our nature too, as we live for eternity. Once we believe, we are indwelled by God’s Holy Spirit, partakers of the heavenly gift (Heb. 6:4 God’s agape love) and on our way to becoming the “exact imprint” of the Father’s nature, just as Jesus is the exact imprint of that nature (Heb. 1:3). It will be the completion of the transformation into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18, and Philippians 3:20-21). This is what the Trinity meant, when they said, "Let us make man in our image." Gen. 1:26.
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