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Inseparably Linked

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We recently did an exercise with a group of saints learning to live by the indwelling Life of Christ that helps to illustrate the inseparable link between Christ and His Church.  What is true of the King is true of the Kingdom.  What is true of the Vine is true of the branches.  What is true of the Head is true of the Body.  The nature of the King is the same for the Kingdom.  The Kingdom lives and operates by the same life and nature that the King does.

God is Love

What is the nature of this Kingdom, or this King?  That’s a long answer, but for the purpose of this blog post, we took a look at 1 Corinthians 13:1-8.  If God is love, then the King is love.  If the King is love, then the Kingdom is love.  So, we rewrote, or reread, that particular passage substituting “love” with “the King.”  It’s beautiful.  Check it out:

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have the King, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have the King, I am nothing.  And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have the King, it profits me nothing.

The King is patient, the King is kind and is not jealous; the King does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; He does not seek His own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

The King never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.

Then, as if that wasn’t enough, we reread it with “the Kingdom” in place of “love”.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not the Kingdom, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not the Kingdom, I am nothing.  If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not the Kingdom, I gain nothing.

The Kingdom is patient and kind; the Kingdom does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  The Kingdom bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

The Kingdom never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

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6 Comment

  1. Reply
    Ken Dawson
    May 21, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    that’s the exact accurate translation–the king is mister agape.

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      R.C. Babione
      May 26, 2015 at 10:19 am

      I like that – “Mister Agape”. Thanks for sharing, brother.

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    christo swanepoel
    May 22, 2015 at 12:58 am

    Very Cool!! We have this song in the church: on the tune of “Help me make it through the night” by Kris Kristofferson
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh1y7Jkikuk

    Love’s not using angel’s speech
    Love’s not moving mountain’s reach
    Love’s not prophecy nor faith
    Love’s not giving all away

    Love is patient love is kind
    Love abhors the jealous mind
    Never boastful never rude
    Love rejoices in the truth

    Choir:
    So much more of you to know
    Such a journey we begun
    Faith and Hope have its power
    But your love is in the Son

    All the good that we will say
    all we do will wash away
    Mirrors still do cloud our view
    What we’re searching for is You
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      R.C. Babione
      May 26, 2015 at 10:20 am

      Love the song! “All the good that we will say/ all we do will wash away/ Mirrors still do cloud our view/ What we’re searching for is You” – Amen!

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    Steve
    May 22, 2015 at 4:55 am

    Perfect love casts out all fear. Love and fear are opposites.

    So, earlier this year I rewrote 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 as the opposite of what it says. I changed all the loves to fears and changed patience to impatience, kind to rude, etc. God showed me that this was a very helpful way to look at my actions and see what was motivating them. If I was rude, then I was motivated be fear not love. If I was patient, then I was motivated by love.

    Moving beyond the act to the motivation is so important because the motivation is from the heart. What kept the Israelites out of the promised land? Fear. Only two of that generation (Joshua and Caleb) entered the promised land because they did not fear when they spied out the land.

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      R.C. Babione
      May 26, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Really appreciate you sharing on your rewrite with 1 Cor. 13. Sheds even more light on what (and who) love is. Thanks again for sharing, Steve.

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