Charity, Pt. 3

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 

I Corinthians 13:1-3

In this passage on the importance of charity, the second thing we see is this: “…though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.”  The second need for charity is in those who have the gift of prophecy and understanding.

People with this gift can understand things.  They can see things in the Bible.  They understand all mysteries, and all knowledge.  I have heard people talk about certain portions of Scripture and have been shocked at what they say.  I have not been shocked because they are saying something incorrect.  I have been shocked because I will have read that exact passage of Scripture many times and will never have seen what they are talking about.  Some people have a gift and can see things in the Scripture that not everyone can see.  These people also often have a gift for making complicated doctrines simple.

There are some things in the Bible that are hard for us to understand.  But some people have a gift for understanding.  But, without charity, all of the Biblical understanding in the world isn’t going to help.  It will be of no use to anyone if a person doesn’t have charity.  Without a Christ-like love, no amount of knowledge will do anyone any good.

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