The Greatest Things
Penned By: Kevin K O’Connor
Date Penned: About 2016
Joh_14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
1Co 13:13 Right now three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Joh_13:16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
So in reference to John 14:12 what is greater than walking on water, raising the dead back to life, and feeding thousands of people with only a few loaves and fishes? How about what God’s Word says in 1 Corinthians 13:13?
Mat 7:15 “Beware
of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are savage
Mat 7:16 You will know them by their fruit. Grapes aren’t gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles, are they?
Mat 7:17 In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a rotten tree produces bad fruit.
Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, and a rotten tree cannot produce good fruit.
Mat 7:19 Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into a fire.
Mat 7:20 So by their fruit you will know them.”
This sharing comes from one that has known Jesus personally since he was 9 years old and is now 59. This also comes from one who was broken and filled with the Holy Spirit at age 16 and then received the supernatural gift of tongues following the day of being baptized in the Holy Spirit. I have personally not only experienced the supernatural ‘gifting’ of the Holy Spirit, but also a supernatural healing of a broken bone in my foot that wouldn’t heal for about 2 months that was instantly healed by the Lord Himself.
God is doing His best to tell us what the greatest things are in 1 Corinthians 13 since so many people’s focus are NOT on the Fruits of the Holy Spirit but on the supernatural ‘gifts’ instead.
Why is this (Why is God trying to tell us what is greater than the miraculous)? Could it be because the antichrist himself is coming with great power and miraculous wonders? I for one, believe it is.
To emphasize the gifting rather than the Fruit, I feel is AGAINST God’s Word and 1 Corinthians 13 speaks for itself. Gifting is beautiful BUT only when in its “proper” context from an environment where Jesus is Loved passionately and the fruits flow freely.