New Testament Lesson
This reading contains two of the most-loved New Testament passages: chapter 12 on spiritual gifts, and chapter 13 on charity (love). Paul’s epistle can help us appreciate and develop these gifts.
“Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians: New Rendition, 1 Cor. chapters 8-13,” by Michael D. Rhodes and Richard D. Draper.
Here is the New Rendition, a translation by BYU professors, extracted from the full commentary published in Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians. Its text renders the Greek into modern English. We hope this enhances your study.
What is Paul’s understanding of love? (1 Corinthians 13), by Richard D. Draper, from BYU New Testament Commentary
Paul shows love to be the greatest of all the gifts of God and the basis on which all the others operate. In this, he is supported by the Book of Mormon prophet Moroni who also addressed the importance of love. In the Pauline epistles, however, as LDS scholars have noted, charity is “not included as a gift in the way as it is in Moroni, but rather is the principle upon which the [other] gifts are based.” The reason that the Apostle sets love above all the other spiritual endowments is because it belongs to an altogether different class. The only other members are hope and faith. Love transcends all other endowments of the Spirit and is the supernal gift from God.
“Gifts of the Spirit,” Craig K. Manscill and Derek Mock, Religious Educator 6, no. 2 (2005):69–84.
The attainment of spiritual gifts and the gifts themselves teach individuals how to be like God. The scriptures teach us that there are greater and lesser gifts. Both Moroni and Paul indicate that the gift of charity is foremost among the spiritual gifts in both its enduring qualities and importance. Moroni discusses the inseparability of charity from the other two cardinal or enduring gifts of the Spirit, faith and hope. Of all the gifts, these three are the most important in the progression from natural man to disciple of Jesus Christ. They are gifts that help bridge the gap between imperfection and perfection.