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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.

The High Christology of the book of Jude

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Jude 1:1

Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who are called, loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ. (Lexham English Bible, the underlined is mine)

     1. To be a slave of the Jesus Christ demonstrates that He is worshiped as God. See footnote #1.



Jude 1:3

Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. (NASB, the underlined is mine)

Acts 9:21

All those hearing him continued to be amazed, and were saying, “Is this not he who in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on this name, and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?” (NASB - the underlined is mine) 

Galatians 1:23 

but only, they kept hearing, “He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith which he once tried to destroy."(NASB - the underlined is mine) 

     1. Praying to the Lord Jesus as YHWH (Acts 9:21)[*1] is a component of "the faith" (Galatians 1:23)[*2] that Christians must "contend earnestly for" (Jude 1:3) and which previously Paul tried to destroy. Those who refuse to pray to the Lord Jesus as YHWH do not belong to the Christian faith. Thus their faith/gospel is accursed (Galatians 1:8-9).[*3] 


[*1] https://www.christforums.org/topic/8806-calling-on-the-name-of-the-lord-praying-to-jesus/?tab=comments#comment-53909


[*2] The same Greek word (portheō) is employed for "destroyed" in Acts 9:21 and "destroy" in Galatians 1:23. 


[*3] Concerning "the faith" in Galatians 1:23 the BDAG (3rd Edition) reads: If the principal component of Christianity is faith, then π. can be understood as the Gospel in terms of the commitment it evokes (pistis, page 820). 


Jude 1:4

For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. (NASB, the underlined is mine)

     1. The Greek word for "only" is monos and the Greek word for "Master" is despotēs. 

     2. R. C. Trench (2 Peter 2:1 and Jude 1:4): it is to Christ, but to Christ as God, that the title is ascribed (Synonyms of the New Testament, kyrios, despotēs). 


     3. See also the comments on Jude 1:4 that demonstrate the Lord Jesus is God found towards the bottom of the first post as found here:



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