The thirteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians is a chapter that is widely known, yet routinely taken out of its context. This is another situation where the arbitrary chapter breaks interfere with the author’s message. Before this chapter Paul wrote to the Corinthians to teach them that though they have different spiritual gifts, they were dependent on each other. No one was greater than another. They were all parts in the body of Christ and there was not to be any division. But the Corinthians were seeking the “better” gifts or the “greater” gifts. Paul uses this desire to move them in a godly direction. Paul is going to show them what the “better” or “greater” gifts are (12:31).
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