There are three theological virtues and four cardinal virtues. I am not at this time interested in the cardinal virtues for peculiar reasons. The theological virtues are Faith, Hope, and Love. I’d attempt over the course of the month to contemplate these virtues.
The term theological virtues were credited to the works of Thomas Aquinas in his volumes on the Supernatural virtues.
Why is it important for us to pay to them? We find a reason in the epistle of the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians:
1 Corinthians 13:13 Meanwhile these three remain: faith, hope, and love; and the greatest of these is love. (GNB)
What is that reason: Meanwhile these three remain. This suggests that some things will not remain, they will not abide, they are transient, and may not always be relevant even on this side of the divide.
1 Corinthians 13:8
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
It’s absolutely clear and noted that prophecies, tongues, and knowledge are important, the believer need not close himself to their possibilities and ministry in his life, he will be doing himself a great disservice, however, we are gently reminded that they are transitional in essence. It’s on the backdrop of these that the triad of faith, hope, and love is presented to us as enduring realities to be acknowledged and embraced by the believer.
A simple litmus test will be to ask? What will Christianity be without Faith, Hope, and Love? Ponder before you answer.
This is just an introduction, trusting God to grant us more light as we ponder of these things that abide.