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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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Matt Smethurst on Teaching 2 Thessalonians

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Teach on 2 Thessalonians

Matt SmethurstIn this episode of Help Me Teach the Bible, I have the second of a two-part conversation with Matt Smethurst on the books of 1–2 Thessalonians. Smethurst is the author of 1–2 Thessalonians: A 12–Week Study in the Knowing the Bible study guide series. He’s also the managing editor of the Gospel Coalition and an elder at Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky

In the second epistle to the Thessalonians, Paul picks up some of the same themes from his first letter, including a discussion of the mysterious “man of lawlessness.” You can listen to part one of the interview here and part two here.

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