So far I have written quite a bit about verses 1-3 of 1 Corinthians 13 and about verses 4-7. Now I am moving on to the rest of the chapter.
To be honest, in my personal bible reading I used to give far more attention to the first two parts of the chapter. I merely used to quickly read over verses 8-13. These verses seem to be less of a challenge as to practical Christian living. Perhaps these verses are more theological than the verses 1-7.
Yet as I begin to look at these last verses of the chapter more carefully, I anticipate that there are many things to be discovered too. In order to write about this section I will need to do some studying myself.
A quick reading over these verses leads me to one important conclusion: I do not have all the answers!
In my writing about verses 4-7 I have been trying to be practical. I wanted to say things that are applicable. It did not emphasise the loftiness of these standards so as to make you feel shattered. Still I said that trust in Jesus is the basis of real Christian living.
Yet I am aware that much of what I have been saying is kind of limited by my own human experience. My understanding of human life depends on my upbringing and my living conditions.
I have been trying to convey something about faith in Jesus. Yet this too is kind of limited by my own depth of faith. My spiritual growth also – at least partly – depends on the quality and quantity of teaching I have received.
So frankly, I do not have all the answers. My understanding of life and my understanding of the bible are limited.
In my writing I am focussing on fundamental principles. I believe these are important in order to grow in faith and in Christian living. How much we grow will depend on what we make of what we have learned.
The apostle Paul writes:
“…whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. “(1 Corinthians 13:8-13/KJV).