“But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love,” 1 Corinthians 13:13.
We all know of the love chapter that is outlined in 1 Corinthians 13, and how we are told of the three things that will abide, and that will last forever. The importance of faith, hope, and love cannot be overstated. For without them we become as sounding brass, or an empty shell.
For at some point in the future all prophecies will cease, as will all knowledge when we see Yeshua face-to-face. There will no longer be any need for these other things, because all of the prophecies that have been given, are then fulfilled. They were all about him, and when we are with him forever, then everything spoken of him, is finished.
All of the knowledge of the world, about scripture, about people, and places, and things, will also no longer be needed. Why would we need to read about plants and trees, and countries, and governments, if they have then been done away with?
Schools and seminaries, and libraries are gone, as are all of the computers and electronics. All will have been fulfilled, in the new heavens and the new earth. Everything will have been forgotten, and will be behind us. There is no need for day or night, for the former things will not be remembered.
“For see, I AM making a new heaven and a new earth: and the past things will be gone completely out of mind,” Isaiah 65:17.
So actually, our work now should be embedded in those things that will last forever. Whenever we prophesy, the very words that we speak or write down, should be expressed through his love, which is everlasting.
Of course his love can take on the form of judgment, correction, and everything else that is meant for our ultimate good. It isn’t about us – it is about him, and should be expressed in that union. Whenever someone is healed, the anointing that flows should be expressed and manifested through that divine love and union that we have in him.
And without a firm hold on faith and hope, our life is without meaning. For without faith, what is the point of our belief in the one that we proclaim? Without hope our journey ends in despair. For we believe in that which we do not see, but through the spiritual eyes of our faith in him.
We believe beyond the material world in which we live. Our faith in him plants seeds in our hearts and minds that germinate and become those things that we have chosen to believe in.
Our hope, like an anchor, keeps us steady and yet looks above knowing that the journey will end successfully. The world may be filled with darkness all around us, but our gaze is held firmly on the one we know to be true.
Don’t live your life without these three. For without them all that we do will then make a noise, but the sound of it will fall to the ground, and it will not accomplish that which it was intended to do.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the Lord is a special way in 1975 and has been prophesying regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are to be reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?