– by Daniel Darling –
One of Paul’s most iconic phrases is the oft-repeated text from 1 Corinthians 13: “And now these three
What is Paul getting at?
We can say that Paul, by asserting the centrality of love in a Christian’s life, is consistent with the teachings of Jesus. Jesus famously said that the entire body of God’s law can be summed up by love─love for God and love for neighbors (Matthew 22:37-40)─and instructed his followers to be defined by love (John 13:34-35). So when Paul here and in other places (Romans 13:8-10; Galatians 5:14) asserts the primacy of God’s love, he is echoing the teachings of Jesus.
But why are Jesus and Paul placing love as the highest of all virtues? Here are three reasons: