Category «Theology»

Love Doesn’t Rejoice in Sin

We come to our 8th and final negative verb in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness (sin).  Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice …

Love is Not Self-Seeking

Here we have two more absolute negative verbs about love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. As believers, love doesn’t seek its own interest, it’s not selfish. Love does not insist on its own rights. Seek is a very interesting word. Seek ζητέω (dzay-teh’-o) (zeteo) means to try to learn the location of something by movement from …

Love Does Not Act Unbecomingly

You might be thinking, these verses are meant for a marriage ceremony! Sure they work fine for that too. But Paul was speaking to the Corinthian church who were manifesting all these negative verbs of love. Being rude and ill-mannered was one of them. Especially with the Lord’s Supper 1 Corinthians 11:17–22. Look what Paul …

Love Doesn’t Brag

We continue our study in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Here we will take on two more negative verbs about love. It’s important to note that the Greek uses the absolute negative (NOT) for each of these negative verbs we are discussing and the fact that they are all in the present tense means that this is …

Love is Not Jealous

We are continuing our study in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. We find ourselves in the first negative verb describing what love isn’t. Paul will now run off eight negatives verbs of love. Paul gave us two positive verbs of love which we discussed in the two previous posts. Click to review. Love is Patient and Love …

Love is Kind

We learned yesterday that love is patient, but now Paul says to the Corinthians who need a lesson on love, that love is not only patient, but it is also kind too. First, let’s look at kind. Kind is chrēsteúomai χρηστεύομαι (khraste-yoo’-om-ahee ) = useful, gracious, kind and is related in turn to chráomai = …

Love is Patient

It’s easy to see as we read 1 Corinthians that love wasn’t always there in their lives and especially in their ministries and the love feast. 1 Corinthians 11:17-22… Yes, spiritual gifts and doctrine were present, but love was not!  Paul would even say in 1 Corinthians 12:31, But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And …

Jesus Christ our Savior and our God

And we know how necessary it was that Christ should come forth as God and man; for salvation cannot be expected in any other way than from God; and Christ must confer salvation on us, and not only be its minister. And then, as He is God, He justifies us, regenerates us, illuminates us into …

Good Works and Motive

“But when you give to the needy — do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret.” Matthew 6:3-4 There are some people who want every good thing they do, to be well advertised. If they give money to some good cause — …