Faith, Hope, Love

1 Corinthians 13:13—“Now there abide faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”

Note 1 on faith, hope, love says: “Faith receives the divine things (John 1:12) and substantiates the spiritual and unseen things (Heb. 11:1). Hope reaps and partakes of the things substantiated by faith (Rom. 8:24-25). Love enjoys the things received and substantiated by faith and partaken of by hope, for nourishing ourselves, building up others (8:1), and expressing God, thus fulfilling the entire law (Rom. 13:8-10). Such love causes us to grow in life for the development and use of the spiritual gifts, and it is the most excellent way to have the greater gifts. Hence, it is the greatest of the three abiding virtues. So we must pursue it (14:1).”

Cross-reference “a” on faith directs us to the following verses:

1 Thessalonians 1:3: “Remembering unceasingly your work of faith and labor of love and endurance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father.”

Colossians 1:4-5: “Because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have unto all the saints because of the hope laid up for you in the heavens, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel.”

Ephesians 6:23: “Peace to the brothers and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Galatians 5:6: “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision avails anything nor uncircumcision, but faith avails, operating through love.”



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