1 One of the most beloved set of verses in the Bible is 1 Corinthians 13:1-8.
It is known and quoted by many people.
It is widely read in wedding ceremonies.
It is used in many sermons.
Yet most people do not know the context of this set of verses.
Let’s take a look at the context.
In 1 Corinthians 12-14, Paul writes to the Corinthian church concerning spiritual gifts, especially tongues.
The Corinthian church became consumed with the gift of tongues, which was the ability to speak in the earthly languages of other people for the purpose of sharing the good news about Jesus with unbelievers.
There are many preachers within Christianity teaching people they must be “baptized in the Spirit” or “filled with the Holy Ghost” to be Spirit-filled.
They teach the “baptism in the Spirit” is evidenced by speaking in tongues.
They tell people that unless they speak in tongues, they are not Spirit-filled.
They pressure others to speak in tongues.
They surround people at church services, attempting to have them “pray in tongues”.
They coach people on how to speak in tongues.
They will make you feel inferior because you do not speak in tongues.
“All the saints send you greetings, especially those from the household of Caesar.”
Paul, The Apostle of Grace
The name Caesar was the title given to the Roman Emperor who ruled the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire was the greatest power on earth and Caesar was the most powerful person on earth when Paul wrote his letter (AD 61) to the Philippian people while imprisoned in Rome. During Paul’s imprisonment, the Caesar was Nero.
In his letter to the Philippians, Paul says the saints from Caesar’s household sent their greetings to the Philippians.