Friday, January 27, 2012

Faith and Love: my first blog post

What follows is a note that I posted on Facebook on March 10, 2011, before I started this blog. However, it's similar in nature to a lot of the posts in this blog, so I plan to retroactively consider it my first blog post. Enjoy!

Faith and love are intrinsically connected.

26 verses in the New Testament contain both "faith" and "love"! Here they are:
  1. 1 Corinthians 13:2
  2. 1 Corinthians 13:13
  3. 2 Corinthians 8:7
  4. Galatians 5:6
  5. Ephesians 1:15
  6. Ephesians 3:17
  7. Ephesians 6:23
  8. Colossians 1:4
  9. 1 Thessalonians 1:3
  10. 1 Thessalonians 3:6
  11. 1 Thessalonians 5:8
  12. 2 Thessalonians 1:3
  13. 1 Timothy 1:5
  14. 1 Timothy 1:14
  15. 1 Timothy 2:15
  16. 1 Timothy 4:12
  17. 1 Timothy 6:10 
  18. 1 Timothy 6:11
  19. 2 Timothy 1:13
  20. 2 Timothy 2:22
  21. 2 Timothy 3:10
  22. Titus 2:2
  23. Titus 3:15
  24. Philemon 1:5
  25. James 2:5
  26. Revelation 2:19
In comparison, here are the number of verses that contain some other pairs of words:
  1. "faith" and "grace" - 12
  2. "faith" and "peace" - 9
  3. "faith" and "spirit" - 13
  4. "grace" and "love" - 6
  5. "grace" and "peace" - 8
  6. "grace" and "spirit" - 7
  7. "love" and "peace" - 8
  8. "love" and "spirit" - 9
  9. "peace" and "spirit" - 8
Why do the writers of the New Testament connect faith and love so often? Faith is toward Christ and brings us into an organic union with Christ the Head. Love is toward other believers and brings us into a proper relationship with the members of the Body. Vertically, there is faith. Horizontally, there is love. But they are not separate matters! You cannot have faith without love, and you cannot have love without faith.

2 comments:

Vania said...

I only looked up about a third of the verses, but just wanted to point how CLEAR Eph. 1:15 and Col. 1:4 are in this matter. They both talk about "the faith in Christ Jesus" and "the love unto all the saints".

Our Christian life should consist of both these matters!

sewi said...

This is a great blog for anyone who wants to know about this topic. Thanks for sharing such a nice information to everyone. Damiana

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