1 Corinthians 13:7
Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
I. THE MANNER IN WHICH THEY ARE CONNECTED.
1. They always go together. Where there is one, there are all, and where one is wanting, all are wanting.
2. They depend upon one another. One cannot be without the others. To deny one would in effect be to deny another, and so all.
3. They are, in some respects, implied one in another. Thus, e.g., humility is implied in faith, etc.
II. SOME REASONS OF THEIR BEING THUS CONNECTED AND DEPENDENT.
1. They are all from the same source (1 Corinthians 12:4, 6).
2. They are all communicated in the same work of the Spirit, namely, conversion. There is not one conversion of the soul to faith, and another conversion to love, etc.
3. That they all have the same root and foundation, namely, the knowledge of God's excellence (Psalm 9:10; 1 John 3:6; 1 John 4:7).
4. That they all have the same rule, namely, the law of God (James 2:10, 11).
5. They have the same end, viz., God.
6. They are alike related to one and the same grace, namely, charity, or Divine love, as the sum of them all.Conclusion:
1. The subject may aid us to understand in what sense old things are said to be done away, and all things become new, in conversion (2 Corinthians 5:17). A true convert, the moment he is converted, is possessed not of one or two, but of all holy principles, and all gracious dispositions.
2. Hence, also, they that hope they have grace in their hearts may try one grace by another; for all graces go together. If persons think they have faith, they should inquire whether their faith was accompanied with repentance, etc. And so persons should examine their love by their faith.
Parallel VersesKJV: Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.