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“When Love has no evidence, it believes the best. When the evidence is adverse, it hopes for the best. And when hopes are repeatedly disappointed, it still courageously waits.” (Page 295)
“He is so full of the thought of the Second Advent, that he represents the perfection as coming to us. ‘When it shall have come’; then, but not till then. The Apostle is saying nothing about the cessation of χαρίσματα in this life: prophesyings and knowledge might always be useful. All that he asserts is, that these things will have no use when completeness is revealed; and therefore they are inferior to Love.” (Page 297)
“The meaning is plain. If a woman thinks lightly of shocking men, she must remember that she will also be shocking the angels, who of course are present at public worship.” (Page 233)
“The point is that St Paul did not invent what he communicated to them; he received just what they received.” (Page 333)
“St Paul now shows that love is superior to all the gifts, because they are for this world only, whereas love is for both time and eternity. ‘This is the crowning glory of love, that it is imperishable’ (Stanley); it abides until and beyond the supreme crisis of the Last Day.” (Pages 295–296)
Archibald Robertson (1853–1931) was Bishop of Exeter as well as Principal of Kings College, London. He was educated at Bradfield and Trinity College in Oxford, earning his degree in CLassics. He served as Principal of Kings College from 1897 to 1903, and was Bishop of Exeter from 1903 to 1916.
Alfred A. Plummer was Master of University College, Durham, and formerly a Fellow and Senior Tutor of Trinity College, Oxford. He was one of the editors of this ICC series, and wrote the volume on Luke, and co-authored a volume on 1 Corinthians. Plummer was also a contributor to The Expositor's Bible commentary set.