Feng Xiang (Annotation): Ode to Love (1 Corinthians 13:1-13)

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Paul, whose real name is Saul – this is the name of the first king of Israel, sha’ul, transliterated into Greek, Saulos, but has the meaning of “pretentious, squeamish” – was born in Asia Minor (now Turkey), the southeastern town of Wing Off, Tarsos, Acts 9:11. “According to the flesh,” of the tribe of Benjamin, Israel, was originally a Pharisee who was versed in the law, and suppressed the congregation of Christ, which was considered heretical by the mainstream of Judaism, Phil. 3:5, 1 Cor. 15:9. “Acts” wrote about the martyrdom of Stephen, one of the seven deacon deacons of expatriate Christians in Yejing, saying that the mob accused the deacon of “slandering Moses and blaspheming God”, dragging him outside the city and throwing stones at him. “The witnesses took off their robes and placed them at the feet of a young man named Saul.” He also said that “Saul agreed to kill Stephen”. Later he went to jail to defend himself, and also admitted that “not only did he personally arrest a large number of the saints and imprison them, but he also voted to sentence them to death. He also repeatedly tortured them in various synagogues”, forcing people to turn their backs on Christ, Acts 7:58, 8:1, 26 :10-11. This shows that his “fanatical obsession” in defending orthodoxy has really reached the point of “blameless”, Phil. 3:6. Shortly thereafter, Saul was ordered to go to Damascus to hunt down heretics. Approaching the great city, “Suddenly a light shot down from the sky, and it was bright everywhere, and he fell to the ground, only to hear a voice calling him: Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? Lord, he asked, do you Who is it? Answer: I am Jesus, the one you persecuted.” The persecutor was blind for three days, without eating or drinking, until Hanania, a Christian in the city, put his hand on him, and he regained his sight, “filled with the Holy Spirit” – and he believed in Jesus, Acts 9:3 ff. But Saul was not called to abandon his ancestral beliefs and convert to a new god. He follows a risen anointed/Christ for the deliverance of his fellow man, not against it, Romans 9:3-5. The recalled ones themselves deliberately omit details, saying only that they were “chosen in the womb”, just as the prophets in the holy book, Isaiah 49:1, Jeremiah 1:5; The Son “revealed to me that I might preach his gospel to the Gentiles”, Gal 1:15-16. The emphasis is on his own qualifications to be called an apostle and “authority in the gospel”, 1 Corinthians 9:18. However, after all, he was not a disciple personally chosen by the Lord Jesus, and he persecuted Christ before he “turned away from darkness and turned into light” before he entered the Dao. As if in response to the pointing, suspicion and scolding in the sermon, or to win the support of the “mother church” in the holy city led by “the Lord’s brother” James, Peter and John, Paul told the congregation a vision he experienced: How to be taught “in Christ” and “ascended to the triple heaven”, “to be caught up into Paradise, and to hear the unspeakable, unspoken truth”, 2 Corinthians 12:2-4. This “not allowed to be passed on” may also be an excuse. As far as his epistles are concerned, Paul seldom quoted the teachings of Jesus, but every time he quoted the scriptures, it showed the true nature of the Pharisees. Of course, the Gospels had not yet been compiled at that time, and the apostle Wingguan did not mention the conception of the Holy Spirit, the baptism of John, the betrayal of Judas, or the mention of Pilate and Madeleine. . The apocryphal “Paul’s Acts” describes the biography as follows: a short man (Latin name Paul, Paulus, meaning short), sturdy body, bald, bowed legs (knee varus); two thick eyebrows connected together, an aquiline hook The nose is a little rough, but it is very kind, and sometimes the face looks like an angel. This portrait presumably plays up and satirizes Paul’s record of the Corinthians mocking him: his letter was heavy and powerful, but when he appeared, it was weak and contemptible, 2 Corinthians 10:10. Isn’t it, the saint’s ugly appearance just highlights his wisdom and miracles: he is not good at words, but he does what he says. He bears the “brand of Jesus” (the scars left by Yu torture) and the love of the Son of Man, Gal 6 :17, 2 Corinthians 6:5, 11:23 below. Even if I could speak the language of ten thousand people, the language of angels – without love, I would be nothing but a gong or a cymbal. 2 Even if I can prophesy, know all mysteries and all knowledge, even if I have the most complete faith, enough to move mountains – if there is no love, I am nothing. 3 Even if I give all my possessions to charity and then hand over my body and let me boast – if there is no love, it will do me no good. 4 Love is patience, love is kind; (love) never envy, nor boast nor arrogance, 5 not rude. She doesn’t seek personal gain, she doesn’t get angry, she doesn’t hold grudges. 6 She does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices with the truth; 7 She bears and trusts in all things, and endures all things with hope. 8 Love never falls. If it is not prophecy, it will disappear in the end, not like a foreign language, and it will be silent in the end, not like knowledge, and it will eventually disappear. 9 For our knowledge is incomplete, and the prophecy is not complete; 10 and when the full comes, the imperfect will perish. 11 When I was young, I spoke like a child, thought like a child, and thought like a child; but when I was an adult, I said goodbye to childishness. 12 At this moment, we look in the mirror, like guessing a riddle, but then, we will face each other. At this moment, I don’t know all of it but then, I will know all of it as I am identified. 13 Thus, faith, hope, and love, of these three remain, the greatest of which is love. Note 13:1 The words of ten thousand people/the words of angels: The apostles preached in reverse, and the congregation was established, not by eloquence, even if accompanied by a raging wind and tongue, and a different language was obtained from the “spirit”, Acts 2:3-5. Love, agape, feminine noun, so hereinafter referred to as “she”. To love God and neighbor, and to love one another in the Lord, is the teaching of the Holy Law and of Jesus, Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Lev 19:18, Mark 12:29-31, Matt 22:37-40, John 13: 34. Ringing gongs or cymbals: darker than the noise and futility of pagan sacrifices. 13:2 The most complete prophecy/knowledge/faith is enough to move mountains: false prophets can prophesy, preach, perform miracles, and also in the name of Christ, and swear by it, Matthew 7:22. 13:3 Giving / Handing over / Let me boast: nothing but the ability of a hypocrite, Matthew 6:2. Boasting, Codices: (let them) burn. 13:4-7 This together lists fifteen verbs: Love, which must be put into action. See Romans 12:9-10 for an illustration of the requirements of brotherly love within the Word. 13:6 Truth (rejoice), aletheia, love, that is, keeping the Lord’s teaching, “knowing the truth,” and being free from sin, John 8:32. 13:7 All things, panta, forbearance/trust/hope/forbearance: this is a very high standard, and love is no exception. 13:8 Fall, piptei, metaphor for failure, failure. Alien language, glossai, the dialect of a foreign country, or a medium to cast spells, a word conveyed in a state of ecstasy, 1 Corinthians 14:2, Acts 19:6. 13:10 The coming of the fullness: the day when the kingdom of heaven or the grand plan of God is fulfilled, Romans 12:2. 13:11 Childhood/Childhood: Refers to the time when he did not believe in Jesus, “under the law”. 13:12 Like a riddle: the words are still vague, like a bronze mirror, the image “incomplete”, Numbers 12:8. Face to Face: Looking forward to meeting the Lord soon to achieve the ultimate goal of love. Paul believed that this world would soon come to an end, just as Jesus prophesied: “Someone will not have to taste death to see the Son of man come into his kingdom”, Matthew 16:28, 1 Corinthians 15:51, 1 Thessalonians 4:17 . Recognized: Accepted by the Lord. 13:13 Faith, hope, and love: later generations regarded as the three Christian virtues, corresponding to the Greek/pagan four virtues, namely, discipline, wisdom, righteousness, and courage, 1 Thess. 1:3, wisdom 8:7. This article is collected in Feng Xiang’s “Sacred Poems”, with a bibliography.

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