This program is Real Israel Talk Radio, Part 29, Episode 94, Defining Biblical Love from 1 Corinthians 13:13. Welcome to today’s show.
We are learning about the final statement that Paul makes in 1 Corinthians 13, speaking about Faith, Hope, and Love. He then says, “The greatest of these is Love.” How are we to understand this list of biblical attributes? Beginning with this episode – Part 29, and concluding with our final episode – Part 30, I will unpack 1 Corinthians 13:13.
The show is a wrap-up summary of how to interpret and essentially understand the biblical definitions of FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE.
FAITH in Hebrew is Emunah. The core meaning is:
- A Trainer or one who is Trained
- Master Coach, Guide, or Instructor
As a result, the objective in faith is to make a faithful and accurate copy of someone or something. Through Yeshua, the Son of God is making us into the image of The Father even as the Son is made in the Image of the Father.
HOPE in Hebrew is Koveh. The core meaning is:
- To wait for something
- To hope for something
- An expectation for something.
What are we hoping for? Paul explains with simplicity Romans 8:23 “…We also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.”
Therefore, hope is about Techiat HaMatim — the literal Last Day resurrection from the dead.
LOVE in Hebrew is Ahavah. The core meaning is:
- Giving life for a life
- Demonstrating actions of giving before receiving
Consequently, this explains why Love is the greatest of all spiritual gifts.
Without biblical Love, faith and hope are meaningless terms. With Love, there is the lesson of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) 4:12, “The Rope (or Cord) of the Three is not speedily (suddenly or hastily) torn apart.”
What is The Rope or Cord of The Three? Consider the following associations:
- OUR FAITH IN YEHOVAH BELIEVES IN THE REDEEMER YESHUA IN THE SON
- OUR HOPE IN YEHOVAH BELIEVES BY THE INSTRUCTING SPIRIT OF MESSIAH IN THE WORD
- OUR LOVE IN YEHOVAH BELIEVES IN THE LIFE OF MESSIAH IN THE FATHER