Torrey - Man -13.5- The Importance of Love to Man

V. THE IMPORTANCE OF LOVE TO MAN. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 — "If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And if I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing."

First Proposition: Love is absolutely indispensable.

Eloquence, the gift of prophecy, knowledge, faith, sacrifice of possessions, and martyrdom are of no value if love is lacking. 1 Corinthians 13:13 RV — "But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love."

Second Proposition: Love is greater than faith and hope. 1 Corinthians 13:8 RV — "Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall be done away; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall be done away."

Third Proposition: Love never fails. Romans 13:8,10 RV — "Owe no man anything, save to love one another: for he that loveth his neighbour hath fulfilled the law .... Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: love therefore is the fulfillment of the law."

Fourth Proposition: Love is the fulfillment of the law; all individual precepts are but applications of this law. (Compare to 1 Timothy 1:5 — "Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned." John 15:17 — "These things I command you, that ye love one another.") 1 John 3:23, l l — "And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment .... For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another." John 13:34 "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."

Fifth Proposition: Love to one another is the sum of God's commandment, the original and fundamental message of Christianity, Christ's new and all-inclusive commandment. James 2:8 — "If ye fulfil the royal law according to the Scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well."

Sixth Proposition: Love is the royal law. Colossians 3:14 RV — "And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness."

Seventh Proposition: Love is the bond that unites all the virtues together into a perfect whole.

Note the figure used in the context, verses 12:13 — "Put on therefore, as God's elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye." John 13:35 — "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."

Eighth Proposition: Love is the supreme and decisive test of discipleship. 1 John 4:8 — "He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love."

Ninth Proposition: Love is the supreme and decisive test of our knowing God; love is the one divine thing. 1 John 4:7 — "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God, and ever one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God." 3:10 — "In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother."

Tenth Proposition: Love is the supreme test of our being born of God, and being children of God.

Compare to Ephesians 5:1-2 — "Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour." 1 John 3:14 RV — "We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not abideth in death."

Eleventh Proposition: Love is the supreme test of our having passed out of death into life. 1 John 4:12,16 — -"No man hath beheld God at any time; if we love one another, God abideth in us, and his love is perfected in us:... And we know and have believed the love which God hath in us. God is love; and he that abideth in love abideth in God, and God abideth in him."

Twelfth Proposition: Love is the supreme test of our abiding in God and God abiding in us. 1 John 4:20 — "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, can not love God whom he hath not seen."

Thirteenth Proposition: Love to brethren is the supreme test of love to God. 1 Peter 4:8 RV — "Above all things being fervent in your love among yourselves; for love covereth a multitude of sins."

Fourteenth Proposition: Love is the one thing above all things that we are to seek.

Paul, John,James, Peter, and Jesus proclaim love's supremacy in one voice.