Key Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:13: and now abide faith, hope and love, these three; but the
greatest of these is love.
Three abide – abide is the word meno – meaning to remain, stay, last, persist, endure or continue. I
like to think that Apostle Paul sees these three as foundational principles by which the Kingdom of
God operates, perhaps more than that, on which the Kingdom is founded.
He goes on to say that the greatest – Greek word megas – greatest, biggest, highest, strongest most
important of these is love.
1) Love – agape – the God kind of love – selfless, giving, enduring, strong, kind, overcoming. Why the
greatest? Because God is Love, God is agape 1 Jn 4:8. OT word is Chesed – often translated
lovinkindness. Psalm 63.3 your lovingkindess is better than life. Love links to hope…
2) Hope – confident expectation of good – seeing beyond the now, based on a sure and certain
confidence in God and in His love for us. Jeremiah 29:11 Through love comes hope and through
hope comes faith.
3) Faith – the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith, working with
hope produces the substance, the evidence, the proof, the verification of what we do not see.
Examples from the Hall of Faith: Abraham, Moses and David
So these three remain, last, persist…and the greatest of these is agape – the God kind of love. Love,
God’s love, brings hope – a confident expectation of good, and hope brings faith, faith is the
substance of what is hoped for.
Ending scripture: now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may
abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.