Sunday, October 15, 2017


Christian living, 31 day writing challenge, remain

And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

Do these words bring to mind the eternal-ness of love? Do you want to remain somewhere good and peaceful, then remain, abide, in Christ. When I think about Paul's words to the Corinthian church, I am reminded about the concept of abiding. They were being instructed to remain, to abide, in Christ, and yet, it was not a passive remaining, it was a deep and eternal, active remaining in Christ - for Christ is the essence of love, or perhaps better said, sacrificial love is the essence of Christ's time here on earth.

Faith is the evidence of things hoped for, the surety of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1) and thus, when Christ returns for His church, the faith will not need to remain, because we will see Him face to face. Hope is what we have when we wait with expectation for something or someone. We have a hope in the promise of God to cherish His redeemed people, to be reunited with us through our saving relationship with Christ. When Christ returns, and only then, will we be able to see the Father face to face.

So faith and hope will have their end in Christ's return. Because we will be present with Him forever, we will no longer need hope or faith, just as Revelation tells us that we will not need the sun in the new Jerusalem, because the Son and His glory will shine like the noonday sun and fill the place with light. 

What always remains is love: Jesus

He was with the Father and the Spirit when they first created time, He was there and spoke the world into existence, and He will endure forever.

The greatest of these is love. 
Remain, abide, in love - in Christ!

Christian living, 31 day writing challenge

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