“We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies.” (1 Corinthians 8:1)
Love trumps knowledge. If you have ever played cards, you know that there is a card called the trump card. It is a card that makes all other cards which once looked powerful, bow to the trump card. Depending on the card game you are playing, the trump card can be an ace of spades, an ace of hearts, a queen of spades, or a joker. When you have the trump card, you have the power to change the game.
Life is not a game, so the trump card is just an analogy, but it applies to this verse in 1 Corinthians 8: 1. As believers we have experienced the church of knowledge, where people are trying to be the one seen, the one heard, the one honored, the one titled, but knowledge only sounds good and looks like it is the most powerful, until God plays His trump card. God’s trump card is love. Love is the most powerful card we can play.
Paul says, love edifies. That word edifies is an architectural term, it is where we get the word edifice from. Edifies means to build up. Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” Love edifies, love builds up.
Love trumps knowledge. God has been revealing his trump card since Jesus came to earth, and it is about to manifest in an even greater way. His love for us is going to surprise us, because we know the church as knowledge, but we have yet to know it as love. Love builds and God is about to manifest the builders in the church, for we have been destroyed for too long by the arrogance of people’s knowledge, it is time to be built up in love!