This morning as I was contemplating love and its eternal nature, some truths struck me.
According to First Corinthians 13, the only gifts and work of the Spirit that will remain into eternity is love. Why?
In Heaven, there is no need for tongues. We will all be completely in communion with Holy Spirit. Everyone will understand all things so there will be no communication issues.
In Heaven, there will be no need for prophecy because all will understand and know all things. All prophesies will be fulfilled at that time. The written and spoken Word of God will be completely lived in and through us in our perfect, sanctified states.
There will be no need for Bible teaching because we will have full understanding.
There will be no need for mission work because it will be all accomplished.
There will be no need for healing for all will be whole.
There will be no need to cast out demons because there will be no evil in Heaven.
The only thing that will remain is love. Why?
Because love is the only thing that we need for all of eternity, and Love is Jesus. God is Love! We will be forever surrounded by perfect, complete Love Himself.
See this passage:
1 Corinthians 13
13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Pondering love made me also realize that the only fruit that will remain is that which is sown into the fertile bed of love. I do mean this spiritually. Love will prepare fertile soil to receive fruit.
The only fruit that will remain is that which is sown in love.
This means that if our ministries, our giftings, and our works are not done in love, the fruit will not remain. It will wither.
Holy Spirit is referred to in the Scriptures as “water.” The fruit must be sown with love into fertile soil. Fertile soil means lush. Lush speaks of life and moisture. The soil has been prepared by Holy Spirit, is sown in love with the seeds of truth, and is watered by Holy Spirit to bring forth fruit. The fruit is righteousness.
We don’t get true righteousness from our own self-efforts or self-reliance. True righteousness comes from the work and love of God within our lives and Holy Spirit’s “watering” of the seed. God’s Word is the seed.
I love the analogies we see in creation that reflect the Creator!
How convicting this is to recognize that the only fruits that will remain are those sown with love!
See these verses that compare Holy Spirit to water:
Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
‘For I will pour out water on the thirsty land And streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring And My blessing on your descendants;
but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
1 Corinthians 12:13
For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.