Love Failure or God’s Unfailing Love in Christ?
“LOVE (“Agape”) never fails;…” (1 Corinthians 13:8, NASB)
That Verse in Full:
“Love 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.” – apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 13:8, NASB)
So, if it “fails”, it was NOT “Love” (in Greek: “Agape”).
Agape = The Love of God (the Highest Form of Love).
Something which “fails” (e. g. ‘so called human love’ in friendship or relationship) only proves that it was never rooted in “Agape” at times.
Here’s a Verse showing a “friend’s love” which is rooted upon an “unfailing Agape” which can be seen by the phrase “at ALL TIMES” (not ‘some times only’):
“A friend loves at ALL TIMES …” (Proverbs 17:17, NASB)
Though human loves fail in many ways, God’s Love Never Fails in the End & that’s why He Will Save the World (1 John 4:14) by removing all sin of the World from it (1 John 2:2, John 1:29) in its own appointed Divine Times eventually (1 Timothy 2:6, Ephesians 1:10, 1 Corinthians 15:28, 1 Corinthians 15:23) thereby Reconciling “All Created things” back to Himself (Colossians 1:16 with Colossians 1:20, Acts 3:21 too).
Blessed be the Savior of the World, Lord Jesus Christ for His Perfect and Unfailing Love!
Hence, it is Truthfully Written that His Love (“Agape”) is the Greatest as it is Declared Majestically in Verse below too:
“But now Faith, Hope, LOVE (“Agape”), abide these three; but the GREATEST of these is LOVE (“Agape”).” – apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 13:13, NASB)
His LOVE > “Faith” (e. g. ‘religion’, ‘belief’) in Verse above.
His Love is the only Love which extends to His “enemies” as well…
“But I say to you, LOVE (“Agape”) your enemies…” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:44, NASB)
Since the LOVE He Spoke of toward “His enemies” even is “Agape”, it CANNOT Fail and thus they MUST be SAVED as well eventually (this is ‘sound doctrine’ with proper Scriptural Logic). Example, that’s why He Will SAVE ALL MEN (beyond believers only, including His enemies too as it is Written):
“Who will have ALL MEN to be SAVED, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4, KJV)
“For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the LIVING God, who is the Saviour of ALL MEN, specially of those that believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10, KJV)
“having a HOPE in God, which these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a RESURRECTION of both the righteous and the WICKED.” (Acts 24:15, NASB)
“For as in Adam ALL DIE, so also in Christ ALL will be MADE ALIVE. But each in his own order…” (1 Corinthians 15:22 – 23, NASB)
“But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who JUSTIFIES the UNGODLY [or “Wicked”], his faith is credited as righteousness,” (Romans 4:5, NASB)
“who [the wicked] will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.” (1 Peter 4:5, BLB)
“For to this end the GOSPEL was proclaimed even to THE DEAD, so that they might be JUDGED indeed according to men in the flesh, but they might LIVE in the SPIRIT according to God.” (1 Peter 4:6, BLB)
“For as in Adam ALL DIE, so also in Christ ALL will be MADE ALIVE. So also is the RESURRECTION of THE DEAD. It is sown a perishable body, it is RAISED an IMPERISHABLE body; Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly. Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; NOR does the PERISHABLE inherit the IMPERISHABLE.” (1 Corinthians 15:22, 42, 49 – 50).
“it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.” (1 Corinthians 15:44, NASB)
Please note that the “Consecutive Verses” above clearly imply that the PERISHABLE CANNOT inherit the IMPERISHABLE in the RESURRECTION of THE DEAD (Topic, Context) which applies to ALL MEN (who have borne the image of the earthly and died in Adam) and are also Promised to ‘bear the Perfect IMPERISHABLE Image of the Heavenly being MADE ALIVE in Christ’ in a suitable SPIRITUAL BODY eventually too (spirit + body = spiritual body, 1 Corinthians 15:44 or ‘live to God in spirit’ as mentioned in 1 Peter 4:6 after Judgment before the Great White Throne toward THE DEAD as mentioned first in 1 Peter 4:5).
Please note that the common fallacy of saying that the ‘wicked are raised imperishable in a sinful body to be tormented eternally CONTRADICTS all these Verses’.
In fact, in Greek, the word PERISHABLE means to be able to be tainted with sin while its opposite, IMPERISHABLE means it CANNOT be tainted with sin anymore (as 1 Corinthians 15:50) mentions with regards to the RESURRECTION of THE DEAD (1 Corinthians 15:42) which applies to ALL MEN eventually (1 Corinthians 15:49, 1 Corinthians 15:22) including the WICKED too (Acts 24:15).
The Greek word translated as PERISHABLE (“phthora”) occurs in 1 Corinthians 15:42, 1 Corinthians 15:50 and that it refers to be able to be ‘tainted or affected by sin’ is clearly mentioned in another occurence in 2 Peter 2:12. So, the opposite “imperishable” as it is contrasted by the usage of the Greek word (“aphtharsian”) in 1 Corinthians 15:50 must refer to ‘sinlessness only’. Likewise, from this same root word we have the Greek word “aphtharsia” in 1 Corinthians 15:42 describing SINLESSNESS in THE RESURRECTION of THE DEAD in 1 Corinthians 15:42 which certainly includes the WICKED too (1 Corinthians 15:49, 1 Corinthians 15:22, Acts 24:15). Can you see how Biblical usage alone defines its meaning as it is Written?
This means that the WICKED being RESURRECTED in an IMPERISHABLE SPIRITUAL BODY (1 Corinthians 15:42, 50, 44) eventually Post-Judgment when His Mercy Triumphs and ends any afterlife Judgment sentence be it the ‘eternal Hell’ sentence if they deserve it first (James 2:13) causes them to be MADE ALIVE (1 Corinthians 15:22) in an IMPERISHABLE SINLESS SPIRITUAL BODY eventually (Acts 24:15, 1 Corinthians 15:49).
The wicked will be RESURRECTED to a JUDGMENT in a PERISHABLE NATURAL BODY (1 Corinthians 15:44) of some type first (John 5:28 – 29) during the Second Resurrection before the Great White Throne for Judgment (1 Peter 4:5, Revelation 20:11 – 15, Matthew 25:31). Please note that both 1 Peter 4:5 and Revelation 20:11 – 15 mention that ONLY THE DEAD are JUDGED where THE DEAD here refers to the RESURRECTED WICKED who are raised for JUDGMENT in the Lake of Fire (John 5:29).
So 1 Peter 4:5 and Revelation 20:11 – 15 calls the RESURRECTED WICKED as THE DEAD meaning that these WICKED are NOT RAISED IMPERISHABLE first but in a NATURAL PERISHABLE BODY first (1 Corinthians 15:44) for JUDGMENT (John 5:29) in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:15) and it doesn’t end there as Post this being JUDGED first in the FLESH (in the Lake of Fire) they will eventually have at most their body + soul being destroyed (Matthew 10:28, Matthew 18:8) in this Gehenna Fire (from Hades/Sheol, Revelation 20:14, Luke 16:23) which is existent within the Lake of Fire at this time (Revelation 20:14, Luke 12:49, Matthew 25:41) but “their spirit” (as man is made up of body + soul + spirit distinctly too, 1 Thessalonians 5:23) will live to God after this Lake of Fire Judgment (1 Peter 4:5) as the next (consecutive Verse) Describes in 1 Peter 4:6 as it is Written agreeing to all this.
The “spirits in prison” to whom Christ Preached in the ‘spirit world’ (1 Peter 3:18 – 20) also Proves that at most (body + soul may be destroyed in Hell or afterlife punishments, Matthew 10:28, 1 Thessalonians 5:23) but the “spirit” remains and eventually “lives to God” post Lake of Fire Judgment (1 Peter 4:5) as 1 Peter 4:6 beautifully Describes or it could be Reconciled by Christ as 1 Peter 3:18 – 20 Describes anytime earlier.
Indeed, the visions of Hell by Sadhu Sundar Singh agrees perfectly to all this as 1 Peter 3:19 – 20 describes Christ Saving from afterlife Judgment regions (“Hell”) at any time (implied as if He has Done it Once, He does it again as He Wills) while 1 Peter 4:5 – 6 describes the wicked living to God in their “spirit” post Lake of Fire Judgment. 1 Peter 4:5 refers to the Great White Throne of Judgment because only here Christ Judges both the living and THE DEAD from among ALL MEN on JUDGMENT DAY (Revelation 20:11 – 15, Matthew 25:31, Acts 17:31).
Yes, some wicked could be Saved earlier in “their spirit” (after their body + soul is destroyed in afterlife Judgment Fire, Matthew 10:28, Luke 16:23) as 1 Peter 3:18 – 20 mentions while others after the Great White Throne Judgment towards them first in the Lake of Fire (1 Peter 4:5) “living to God thereafter in the spirit” as 1 Peter 4:6 reveals where these spirit may be given a “spiritual body” thereafter (1 Corinthians 15:44) of a lower degree as God Wills (1 Corinthians 15:38) which will be IMPERISHABLE or SINLESS too (1 Corinthians 15:42, 49, 50).
ALL Creation awaits to share in this aspect of FREEDOM from SIN and its EFFECTS (being IMPERISHABLE or SINLESS too eventually) after the “sons of God” (for the First Resurrection, His Church, Bride is Revealed first – Revelation 20:4 – 6, Romans 8:19) as Romans 8:20 – 21 describes this as the meaning of being BORN AGAIN (as the Greek Word in Romans 8:22 refers to ‘birth pangs’ and mentions this Glorious Hope toward ALL CREATION) as well.
Maranatha! Even so come, Lord Jesus.
P/S: To quote from an earlier write-up for further edification, please consider:
Please also note these two verses below speaking this SAME BIBLICAL TRUTH:
“So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to ALL MEN, even so through One Act of Righteousness there Resulted Justification of LIFE to ALL MEN.” (Romans 5:18, NASB)
“For as through the one man’s disobedience THE MANY were made SINNERS, even so through the Obedience of the One THE MANY will be made RIGHTEOUS.” (Romans 5:19, NASB)
The SAME ALL MEN mentioned to be condemned is the SAME ALL MEN mentioned to be eventually Justified to LIFE in Romans 5:18 without any ‘strange manipulations or explanations’.
Similarly, the SAME THE MANY which were made SINNERS is the SAME THE MANY mentioned to be MADE RIGHTEOUS eventually in Romans 5:19 agreeing to all these. The MANY is mentioned here in this verse since ALL MEN were made SINNERS through ADAM (where ADAM + THE MANY = ALL MEN who were made SINNERS). Can you see this simple equation?
In fact, ALL MEN condemned is mentioned in Romans 5:18 because it includes ADAM + the REST of MANKIND (the MANY). Lord Jesus Christ is OUT OF THIS EQUATION simply because HE did NOT SIN and is NOT condemned by ADAM’s sin but rather He is mentioned DISTINCTLY as the ONE through WHOM this JUSTIFICATION of LIFE and being MADE RIGHTEOUS will Happen toward ALL MEN (that is, ADAM + the MANY, where THE MANY = the REST of MANKIND excluding ADAM).
In Greek it is ‘the many’ and ‘not many’ which is mentioned in Romans 5:19 meaning that a particular ‘the many’ is referred to here namely that ‘the many’ that were made ‘sinners through Adam’ which is ‘the rest of mankind excluding Adam’, that is:
THE MANY (in Romans 5:19) = ‘the rest of mankind excluding Adam only’
ADAM is singled out since he is the CAUSE of the FALL from whom the CONDEMNATION and SIN is passed on. THE MANY is separately mentioned as part of the ALL MEN as the rest of MANKIND gets imputed with this sin/condemnation automatically as is the JUSTIFICATION of LIFE and the being MADE RIGHTEOUS in CHRIST is also PROMISED to be AUTOMATIC eventually when His Ransom applies in its OWN TIMES being a Testimony (or comes to pass, as 1 Timothy 2:6 reveals).
This is the END for ALL MEN and it is Inevitable as it is the IMMUTABLE WILL of God (anyone dare to claim otherwise? please be careful lest you take His Holy Name in Vain by claiming ‘opposite to this verse’; do you dare now to say otherwise? Matthew 12:37):
“For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the Living God, Who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.” (1 Timothy 4:10, NASB)
Simple, isn’t it? All arguments are ‘as it is Written only’ with ‘no strange explanations by omission or addition’ (Galatians 1:7, Hebrews 13:9, 1 Timothy 4:1). For example, the context of 1 Timothy 4:1 DIRECTLY implies that ‘God SAVING ALL MEN’ is NOT a doctrine of demons as it is mentioned within this SAME LETTER by apostle PAUL himself in 1 Timothy 2:4 and 1 Timothy 4:10 where in the latter verse, both the phrases ALL MEN and THOSE WHO BELIEVE are mentioned distinctly proving this FACT IRREFUTABLY too (Titus 2:1, 2 Timothy 4:3).
Thank-you for reading.
Peace to you!
All Glory to God Alone Who is Good
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” – apostle Paul (Romans 11:33, NASB)
“This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.” (Matthew 13:35, NASB)
Truly, the GOSPEL applies a Healing and Restoration Word to ALL Creation eventually as Described in Verses prior too as it is Written:
“And He [Lord Jesus Christ] said to them, “Go into ALL the WORLD and Preach the GOSPEL to ALL CREATION.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15, NASB)
He knows NO Failure!
(Verse in Image = 1 Corinthians 13)
P/S 2: To Quote again from another earlier write-up:
Yes, the Pharisees (Matthew 21:23 – 31) may go to Hell (or Gehenna first, Matthew 23:33 for afterlife punishment, Matthew 10:28) but will eventually “ENTER His Kingdom” too but ‘in a later time order than prostitutes & other sinners’ (Matthew 21:31) as ‘their Judgment Sentence is longer as some of them have committed the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit which is not forgiven till the coming next singular-age’ (Matthew 12:32).
Indeed, these who ‘broke His Commands’ may “enter” His Kingdom into His Reign of the Heavens eventually (after Mercy Triumphs and ends their afterlife Judgment sentence, James 2:13, Romans 11:32) to become “least” in His Kingdom (Matthew 5:19) but they do NOT “inherit” the Kingdom (1 Corinthians 6:9 – 10) to Rule ‘as kings and priests’ (Revelation 1:6, Revelation 5:10, 1 Peter 2:9) which is only for ‘believers in faith as sons of God being some kind of Firstfruit among His Creation’ (Romans 8:19, 23, James 1:18, Revelation 20:6).
Please read carefully each Verse quoted to Realize the Depth of this Great Mystery of Universal Reconciliation in Christ Jesus our Lord (Colossians 1:16 with Colossians 1:20).
Here are twelve closely related posts should you be interested further:
1) GOSPEL of LORD JESUS CHRIST – Heavenbound – SAVED – INHERITING His Kingdom vs ENTERING His Kingdom only
2) Saviour of the World – Lord Jesus Christ
3) FAQ – Sheep vs Goats – First and Second Resurrection – Millennial Reign – Judgment Day
4) World – Context – Which World or Kosmos?
5) Mercy and Salvation – Law and Works
6) Son of Man – Seeks (Finds) and Saves the Lost (Destroyed)
7) Beautiful Belief – Believing
8) Ministry – Servitude – God’s Impartial Judgment
9) Law of God – Law of Moses (Torah) – Law of Christ
10) Sadhu Sundar Singh – A Christian Universalist
11) Age Counting – Great Mystery or Secret of the Ages
12) Major Biblical Events
To Quote, again:
Yes, way ‘beyond a missionary work in this temporal life but into the afterlife as well’ (the first occurrence of this is and NOT the only occurrence of this is recorded in 1 Peter 3:19 – 20 and is generalized for ALL THE DEAD likewise as PART of the AFTERLIFE JUDGMENT Process, 1 Peter 4:5 —> to hear the GOSPEL too but thereafter LIVE TO GOD IN SPIRIT eventually as 1 Peter 4:6 Reveals Majestically) —> beyond that, till the Healing Word of His GOSPEL is PREACHED and applies to ALL CREATION as well making it to be BORN AGAIN (Romans 8:22) by sharing the Liberty of the Sons of God in the area of being SET FREE FROM SIN & ITS EFFECTS eventually (Romans 8:20 – 21, e.g.regarding men for example —> the Law-breakers enter His Kingdom, Matthew 5:19, Matthew 21:31 but do NOT inherit it, 1 Corinthians 6:9 – 10) as the ‘Great Commission in All Inclusiveness’ is BEYOND MISSIONARY WORK in this LIFE ONLY as Popularly Erred (thinking ‘otherwise’ AGAINST all these Verses):
“And He said to them, “Go into all the WORLD and PREACH the GOSPEL to ALL CREATION.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15, NASB)
“He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.” (John 1:10, NASB)
Please remember that NOTHING is beyond RESTORATION even though it may be DESTROYED first in afterlife JUDGMENT, as the example below clearly shows PROPHETICALLY too (to quote):
RESTORING something which has undergone Divine Judgment in “eternal [more accurately age-during] fire” is what the RESTORATION of ALL [Created] things means as well in such cases (Acts 3:21) as the infamous case of Sodom proves too in Verses below:
(i) Sodom suffers the Vengeance of “eternal [more accurately age-during] fire” into afterlife Judgment first
“just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of ETERNAL FIRE .” (Jude 1:7, NASB)
(ii) Sodom Prophesied to be “Restored” later
“‘However, I will RESTORE the fortunes of Sodom and her daughters and of Samaria and her daughters, and your fortunes along with them,” – God (Ezekiel 16:53, NIV)
God doesn’t Change from being a God Who brings back those He “banished” (i. e. those cast out in afterlife punishments after they die) so that they “don’t remain banished (in the afterlife from Him)” as the ancient Verse below mentions too:
“We will certainly DIE and be like water poured out on the ground, which can’t be recovered. But God would not take away a life; He would devise plans so that the one banished from him does NOT REMAIN BANISHED.” (2 Samuel 14:14, CSB)
“whom indeed it behooves heaven to receive until the TIMES of RESTORATION of ALL [Created] things, of which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from the age.” (Acts 3:21, BLB)
Did you notice that each example or claim made has at least a Verse to Prove it? This is DEEP if you really UNDERSTAND it. Indeed, as they say, UNDERSTANDING is DEEPER than KNOWLEDGE.
Indeed, He SAVES any SINNER in the WORLD (KOSMOS) eventually (that’s why His Beautiful Name, JESUS means SAVIOUR or YHWH is SALVATION):
“It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the WORLD [KOSMOS] to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.” – apostle Paul (1 Timothy 1:15 NASB)
Please don’t forget to take life in a cool and peaceful manner since He Will Overcome Everything:
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have Peace. In the World [Kosmos] you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the World [Kosmos].” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:33, NASB)
“The one who does not love does not know God, for GOD is LOVE [“Agape”].” – apostle John (1 John 4:8, NASB)