Sun, 26 February 2017
Paul closes out chapter 12 with an interesting line. "I will show you a still more excellent way". This begs the question, "way to what?" The answer lies in 12:7, here Paul reveals the reason that there are grace-gifts at all. They were given for the "common good", or for the proper Godly function of the body of Christ. These grace gifts are indispensable to our call to minister to one another and the world around us. However, there is a "more excellent way" to minister to one another and pursue this "common good." Agape Love. In Chapter 13, Paul will show us three things: the uselessness of using grace-gifts apart from love, the true definition of love, and why love is greater. For nothing builds up the family more than love.