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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.

Does the book of Acts teach that Jesus is God?

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Yes, the book of Acts teaches that Jesus is God. Here's why:


A. God

     1. He is referred to as God (Acts 20:28).


B. The names that are used of Him

     1. The Heart-Knower of all (Acts 1:24).[*1]

     2. YHWH (Joel 2:31-32 with Acts 2:20-21 and Psalm 16:8 with Acts 2:25).

     3. The Name (Acts 5:41; cf. Leviticus 24:11, 16)[*2]

     4. Lord of all (Acts 10:36; cf. Romans 10:12).[*3]

     5. The Lord of the Temple (Acts 22:16-21).[*4]


C. The names that are used of His believers

     1. Christians (Acts 11:26)[*5]

     2. The Way (Acts 22:4; cf. 9:14)[*6]


D. The will of the Lord Jesus

     1. His will is supreme (Acts 1:26; 21:14).


E. He is the proper recipient of prayer

     1. In the use of proseuchē (Acts 1:14; 2:42; 6:4).

     2. In the use of proseuchomai (Acts 1:24-25; 6:6; 8:15; 9:11, 40; 13:3; 14:23; 20:36; 22:17; 28:8).

     3. To call on the name of the Lord is used in reference to Him (Acts 2:21; 9:14, 21; 7:59-60; 22:16).[*7]

     4. In the use of deomai (Acts 8:22, 24).

     5. In the use of paratithēmi (Acts 14:23; cf. Acts 20:32).

     6. In the use of paradidōmi (Acts 15:40; cf. Acts 14:26)


F. He is the proper recipient of worship

     1. In baptism (Acts 2:38; 8:16; 10:48; 19:5).

     2. In fearing Him (Acts 9:31; cf. Deuteronomy 6:13; Proverbs 23:17).

     3. In turning to Him (Acts 9:35; 11:21; cf. 2 Chronicles 15:3-4; Psalm 22:27).

     4. Remaining true to the Him with a resolute heart (Acts 11:23; cf. 1 Kings 8:61; 11:4). 

     5. In the use of leitourgeō (Acts 13:2).

     6. In the use fasting (Acts 13:2; 14:23).

     7. In the use of sebō (Acts 19:27).[*8]

     8. Believers serve Him (Acts 20:19).[*9]

     9. In the use of latreuō (Acts 24:14; cf. Acts 22:4).[*10]



[*1] This demonstrates that the Lord Jesus is omniscient (God).



[*2] On the use of the Name in Acts 5:41:

a. Joseph Thayer: The name is used absolutely...cf. Leviticus 24:11, 16 (Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, onoma)


b. A. T. Robertson: Note the same use of "the Name" as in #Jas 2:7; 3Jo 1:7. With the Jews this absolute use of "the Name" meant Jehovah. The Christians now apply it to Jesus.


[*3]  David Guzik: This is a powerful phrase, showing the deity of Jesus. Peter could never say this if Jesus were not (and is not) God.  


[*4] See Acts 22:16-21 as found here:



[*5] See the Introduction, point #1 in the link found in footnote #4.


[*6] See the link in footnote #10.


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


[*8] See Acts 19:27 in the link found in footnote #4.


[*9] See Romans 1:1 in the link found in footnote #4.


[*10] Acts 24:14

But this I admit to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect I do serve the God of our fathers, believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets. (NASB, the underlined is mine)
 Christians, who were known as "the Way," rendered latreuō ("serve") unto "the God of our fathers." Those of "the Way" were worshipers of the Lord Jesus in that they called upon His name (see point #3 in link below). This not only demonstrates that the Lord Jesus is the proper recipient of latreuō but the God of our fathers encompassed Him.








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