Using the octal I re-examine Pauls famous mystery on charity. The beauty of Paul's description is only matched by the beauty of the Trinity which exemplifies the mystery continually. The Trinity is clearly the model Paul was describing, in clear praise of God. The "most excellent way" was one of understanding the Trinity present bodily in Jesus Christ - the one we worship.

An Octal Constructed
Paul's most enigmatic and quoted mystery is utterred in 1Cor 13. I use the octal to examine the scripture, and without any further mystery, I interpret the scripture in the light of the trinity themselves. (I will find a perfect match!)

The Most Excellent Way
Paul describes his mystery of charity as "the most excellent way". With charity as a pure motive, his later statement of 2Cor 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" comes into clear focus.

And The Tables Turn
Of course, after writing a page on how the tables sometimes change in scripture and also that Christians often scoff at scientific truth such as the big bang (and even evolution) in favour of tradition, another table turned on me tonight! The marvellous passage in 1Co 13 on charity actually drained me dry of all emotion before I sat down to write what had become apparent, and it makes much more sense now. After all, emotionless, dispassionate love purely on the ideals of right and wrong can be just as charitable, no?

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