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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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“There’s a grammar to the gospel. The indicative always comes before the imperative. In the gospel, the way things are—statements of fact about who God is, about who Jesus is, about what God’s done for us through Jesus—always come first before the imperative, how we should respond. You’ve got to understand what God has already done before you can respond to that.” — Steve Rockwell

Text: Colossians 1–3

Preached: January 14, 2018

Location: Holy Trinity Church, Capetown, South Africa

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