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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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  • The Carnal Christian

    Upon encountering the title of this article one’s first thought might seem negative about it, but with all who become “born again” there is a period of growth that involves learning in the Word of God about the “old man,” which is the sin nature first seen in Adam and Eve, then in the entirety of their progeny—mankind (Rom 5:12-19). Upon rebirth the soul becomes “spiritually minded,” due to the imparting of the Spirit of God and the new nature (new man); and the old man continues to become more

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    The Defined Understanding of faith for this Easter

    The definition of faith is here on Easter to bless everyone who is searching for the understanding of faith and the blessings that faith will give to your life. This is the definition of faith you have been searching for. This definition of faith deserves to be shared with everyone who loves Faith  & and wants to understand it  

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    General Faith 11

    Is Genesis a kind of parable to explain what could not have been explained?

    Personally, I am Christian, but I believe in evolution. All the facts in science point towards that. What do others think?

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    Creation Ex Nihilo 83

    If people willingly deny Jesus, could they ever be saved?

    I have a few friends who are atheists, and are indifferent to the Gospel. They know it, they were once theists in some cases, but they reject the idea of Christianity, as a whole concept. They sometimes play with the idea that ''a god'' exists, but not a personal God, and Jesus is ''just another prophet,'' in their eyes. If they live relatively decent lives, being kind to others, etc...can they be saved? Or asking it another way, will all people who willingly reject Jesus, spend eternity in hell

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    General Faith 12

    John 3:16 and Man’s Ability to Choose God

    by R.C. Sproul   It is ironic that in the same chapter, indeed in the same context, in which our Lord teaches the utter necessity of rebirth to even see the kingdom, let alone choose it, non-Reformed views find one of their main proof texts to argue that fallen man retains a small island of ability to choose Christ. It is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”   What does this

    William
    William
    Bible Study 184

    Is smoking/chewing tobacco a sin?

    My second question is perhaps more complicated: Is it (also) a (greater?) sin to smoke whereby others can breathe it (secondhand smoke)?

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    Morality and Laws 19
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