Day 247 – Will We Always Need Faith and Hope?

I as reading that famous passage in 1 Corinthians 13 today and I noticed something in this phrase: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” vs. 13 NIV

Wait a minute?!

Paul is talking about what will “remain” into the future. If we are in the future state, in the New Jerusalem, why will we need “hope” anymore? Won’t all hope be fulfilled then? And for that matter, will we still need “faith?”

Because I cheated and looked at a commentary (the ESV Study Bible), I’ll back up to verse 7, which says, “[love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

In this case, the focus is on love for others, not love of God. When we love people, we hope for their best and we trust them (have faith in them).

So that’s what endures, that’s what remains – a love for other people that believes in them and hopes for their best.

What a minute?!

In eternity, won’t our friends be perfect? Will we our love include faith in and hope for them, then?

Oh, never mind. I’m done!

Today’s Readings: Song of Solomon 5:1-6:13, Psalm 104:24-30, Proverbs 24:19-20, 1 Corinthians 12:1-31b-13:13. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only)

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