Most Gifts Will Not Last

 

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. (I Corinthians 13:8 NIV)

Each gift that God gives to members of the church is given for a specific reason. Once the reason for the gift is given, that gift disappears. For instance, prophecies will cease some day once the Earth it destroyed and we are living with God in the New Heavens and New Earth. There are some people today who perhaps have a gift of comprehending and making sense of Bible prophecy, but this gift will not exist in the eternal state, because all things will already be fulfilled. Furthermore, there will not be a gift of tongues, because human languages will not be needed for communication in those days. We will all be able to understand each other perfectly without any hindrance. Nor will there be a gift of knowledge, that is, there will not be extra knowledgeable people who will be needed to teach others. That is because all believers will have direct, continual, unhindered fellowship with GOd, and thus we will have all knowledge all the time.

But there is one thing that will never pass away, and that is love. Love is not a gift or a tool that we use to achieve a greater end, Love is the greatest end. Believers will dwell with God in perfect love for ever in the eternal state. Therefore, we should not loose sight of the superior importance of love while we are still living on this Earth. We must remember that Prophecies, and tongues, and knowledge are just a means to and end, but Love is the end. Any gift that we possess, no matter how great it is, is spiritually worthless if it is not used in love. Therefore, before we get obsessed with our spiritual gifts, let us first become obsessed with Love. Love is the only reason we have for living. Let us love God and our fellow humans in a way that is worthy of a true Christian.

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