The Most Excellent Way

1Co 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. (KJV)

Surely Paul's union of an octal of spiritual gifts with the K4 form present in the octal itself is a "Manifold of Virtue" (See chapter 3 of the book "Seven Eyes Open", 4th edition.) The seven elements themselves are truly only the extension of three (faith, hope, charity) and the remaining four are necessary to complete that manifold of virtue with a present solution for every case of need.

However, this is no recipe to construct spiritual gifts and place your own works in the mouth of God in His manifold of virtue. (For an explanation as to why that is a fault, see chapter 14 of the book "Seven Eyes Open", 4th edition.)

We are to covet these spiritual gifts: Yet we are only provided gifts by God: there are no works that supply these gifts unless charity is at work, and only to be pure in motive (excluding, say, voting gifts into existence, placing a god of works in that manifold.)

Instead, gifts are received only by acts of faith placed in the sure hope that those gifts will be supplied only out of acts of charity that will open the eyes of those who God could certainly elect, in sowing His word of the kingdom. God, will not fail those converts, and likewise those gifts are not simply ours for the asking.

To covet "earnestly" is to state "here I am, send me Lord" and to be ready to exercise those gifts as God requires it, not as we would place the gift of God as a work in possibility, to be exercised at discretion, but to minister surely out of the necessity of making our God work in us, not us in Him, for it is only His righteousness at work in those spiritual gifts, not our "filthy rags" made of our part stuffed in His mouth (His word sown) instead.

This most excellent way, then, is made full in the Trinity and "manifold of virtue". The self similarity of charity to the present action in a K4 group of ministration (and using those same spiritual gifts in Christ) identify only Christ as the worker, through His vessel, the believer exercising His gifts. That which is supplied to make the work perfect and His, is supplied as required only by God. To be in possession of the greatest gifts is to be a servant not only to Christ, but to the one which is ministered to using those gifts.

Those gifts are not only to edify and mature the elect within their fellowships: but as Paul has described, to make converts (so that the gifts are stronger, and do not fail) which will surely alter their converted paradigm from the dialectic to the octal and that of God.

Now the verse:

2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (KJV)

References the octal in ministering gifts also! When Paul is weak, then God's grace is strong and the power of Christ in the manifold of virtue rests upon Him in greater strength.

I.e. the weaker Paul's faith and hope, the smaller the sets {r} and {s} and the wider the scope of the sets {u-1} and {v-1}. Then the set (r&s)-1 is "very small" and the set (u&v) is "very large". As a corollary, then, in ministering spiritual gifts, when those gifts fail and are weak (when the carnality of the man is greater and the spirit less so), even then, the gospel, already established in faith placed upon both u-1 and v-1 is in its greatest power, present in u&v.

God's grace is made perfect in weakness. In charity, then, a principal element "I", extant on both sides of the manifold as the identity or zero, I have {u-1}∪{v-1} ={Ω\I}-1 and this is also in force as I-1 v Ω and God's person is perfected whole and has all power on the grace in u&v.

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