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Putting 1 Corinthians 13 in Context

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While 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 is often referred to as the love chapter, you will sometimes find this chapter at the heart of a much heated debate: Have the spiritual gifts ceased, or do they still exist today? No matter which spectrum of the discussion you find yourself on, at some point you will be led this chapter of the bible. People use this passage all the time to prove, or try to disprove, that the spiritual gifts either exist or do not. It can often be confusing, even to those who are familiar with the subject, as pieces of it here or there are used to make various points. Before we delve into it though, we must first look at it's immediate context by examining the chapters that precede and follow it. Sometimes when we begin a chapter it will be leading us into a new thought or concept, but many times it is not. We must remember that when the Bible was originally written it was not divided into chapters and verses. Those were added in by translators to…