Here is a very good analysis of God’s word to the Corinthians of old, and to us today. Mike Snow captures well the conflict between what is portrayed wrongfully as love by the world and what God says is love.
Sad to say, most Christians read a great passage like “The Love Chapter” as if it stands alone, oblivious to the fact that Paul wrote a letter not chapters. First Corinthians, like the rest of the New Testament, stood without chapter divisions for over a millennium….
To divorce the thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians from the rest of
the letter is to do violence to God’s word. This clouds our
understanding because it betrays the context. Regarding rules for
study, Haddon Robinson on Radio Bible Class is fond of quoting one of
his seminary colleagues: “Context is king.”
So, let us look at the context of love in First Corinthians.
Paul describes some of the qualities of love in verse four of
chapter thirteen: long-suffering, kind, absence of envy and
of parading itself, not puffed up. Being puffed up described
the Corinthians themselves (5:4). This attitude allowed them
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