Faith, Hope, and Love
The Wonders of the World
The seven man-made Wonders of the World are:
- Chichen Itza. Located in Yucatan, Mexico,
- Christ the Redeemer. Located in Tijuca Forest National Park in Rio de Janeiro,
- The Colosseum. Located in the center of Rome, Italy,
- The Great Wall of China. Located in China,
- Machu Picchu. Located in the mountain range of the Urubamba Valley in Peru,
- Located on the slopes of Mt. Hor, in the Arabah section of Jordan, and
- Taj Mahal. Located in Agra, India.1
The seven ancient Wonders of the World are:
- The Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt,
- The Lighthouse at Alexandria, Egypt,
- The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece,
- The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus,
- The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus,
- The Colossus of Rhodes, and
- The Hanging Gardens of Babylon.2
Of these seven ancient wonders, only the Great Pyramids in Egypt still exists.
The seven natural Wonders of the World are:
- Mount Everest in Nepal,
- Victoria Falls in Zambia/Zimbabwe,
- Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA,
- Great Barrier Reef in Australia,
- Northern Lights,
- Paricutin volcano in Mexico, and
- Harbor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.3
It must have been spectacular to view The Colossus of Rhodes and the massive gold statue of Zeus at Olympia.4 And the newer wonders like Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which stands 105 feet tall as well as the ruined city in Peru of the Inca civilization dating back to the 15th century. Without doubt, these magnificent structures along with the other wonders are fascinating. They are examples of man’s ability to express remarkable talent. It is no wonder (no pun intended) why we are so impressed by them.
Unfortunately, these grand wonders will not last forever as we have already witnessed with six of the seven ancient Wonders of the World. However, that is to be expected of things on Earth. There is, nonetheless, another wonder that will remain forever intact, indecomposable, and unaffected by earthly elements, and that is the wonder of love.
In 1 Corinthians 13:13, the apostle Paul wrote “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love” (NLT). The faith that Paul is referring to here is peithó, the Greek word which means “to persuade; be persuaded of what is trustworthy.”5 The word “hope” derives from the Greek word elipzo or “hope for, expect, trust.”6 And in this case, the word “love” refers to agapaó or “esteem.”7
Paul claims that even after one has been faithful and hopeful, love will be the last to remain. But why is that?
There is no place in the Bible that says God is faith or hope. Those qualities are required of man, not God, to demonstrate in order for man to reach the zenith of divinity.
This does not mean that faith and hope are unimportant. What it does mean is that when one elevates to pure heavenly mindedness, faith is no longer needed. It dissipates in the sight of God because it has been completely fulfilled. And the same applies to the concept of hope. When one hopes for something, the hope refers to a future expectation of something. However, since there is no future in heaven and all times have ceased, all hopes have been fulfilled. That is why in the book of Revelation 21:4, it is written “4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (KJV)
That leaves love.
It is important to note that in the book of Corinthians, the apostle Paul was writing to the Corinthians about what it would be like in the day when one sees the Lord or is face-to-face with Him. Love will be in its purist form, undefiled by human filtering and conditions. And since according to 1 John 4:8, who wrote that “God is love,” we too become completely one with divine Love. I trust this is a wonder to behold!
Below is a list of seven of the many prodigious wonders of Love divine, of God, that have been recorded in the Bible:
- The ten plagues in Egypt,8
- Balaam and his talking donkey,9
- Joshua holding the sun,10
- Crossing of the Red Sea,11
- Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendnego,12
- Jesus walking on the water,13 and
- Jesus’s resurrection.14
There are still wonders, miracles and signs going on today that prove the omnipresence of agapaó, and I am certain that if each of us looks deeply into our own lives, we may find some that we may have overlooked.15
In the book of Joel, 2:26, it is written, “…You will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has performed wonders specifically for you…” (ISV)
I believe that the wonders of this world, ancient, modern, natural, and man-made, are just some of God’s ways of expressing Himself. But I also believe His greatest and only indestructible wonder, one that cannot be seen by the human eye or built with human hands, is love which when embraced can be reflected by each one of us.
This kind of structure, the structure of love divine, is most amazing and impressive. That may just make love the greatest wonder of them all!
NLT-New Living Translation
KJV-King Kames Version
ISV-International Standard Version
1 Dawes, Matt. “The Current 7 Man-Made Wonders of the World.” Owlcation. 2016. Accessed December 11, 2016. https://owlcation.com/humanities/The-Current-7-Man-Made-Wonders-of-The-World.
2 “Photo Gallery: New 7 Wonders vs. Ancient 7 Wonders.” National Geographic. Accessed December 11, 2016. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/07/photogalleries/seven-wonders/photo5.html.
3 “The Seven Natural Wonders Of The World.” The Seven Natural Wonders Of The World. Accessed December 11, 2016. http://www.bobspixels.com/kaibab.org/misc/gc_7wond.htm.
14 O’Neil, Tyler, CP. “Modern Miracles: 5 Stories For Bible Skeptics From ‘It’s a God Thing’” Christian News, The Christian Post. Accessed December 11, 2016. http://www.christianpost.com/news/modern-miracles-5-stories-for-bible-skeptics-from-its-a-god-thing-104832/.