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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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“To love, there’s got to be another. The Bible insists that the Father loves the Son and the Son loves the Father, and that it was so in eternity past. We can speak of the Godhead and say with the apostle John, ‘God is love.’ That’s simply incoherent in most of the religions of the world.” — Don Carson

Date: October 14, 2017

Event: TGC Hawaii Overflow Conference

You can listen to this episode of The Gospel Coalition podcast here.

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