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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 Old Testament teach that Jesus is God?

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Yes, the Old Testament teaches that the Lord Jesus is God.


What pertains to God alone encompasses the Lord Jesus.

The underlined below is mine. 


1 Samuel 7:3 (cf. Deuteronomy 6:4-5, 13)

Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, “If you return to the LORD with all your heart, remove the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your hearts to the LORD and serve Him alone; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.” (NASB)

 That the Lord Jesus is properly worshiped necessitates that He is God.[*1]

Daniel 7:14

And to Him was given dominion,
Glory and a kingdom,
That all the peoples, nations and men of every language
Might serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
Which will not pass away;
And His kingdom is one
Which will not be destroyed.(NASB)


1 Kings 8:39 (cf. 2 Chronicles 6:30)

then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive and act and render to each according to all his ways, whose heart You know, for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men. (NASB)

 That the Lord Jesus will be the ultimate Judge of all necessitates that He possesses this same omniscience.[*2]

Isaiah 11:3-4

(3) And He will delight in the fear of the LORD,
And He will not judge by what His eyes see,
Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;

(4) But with righteousness He will judge the poor,
And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth;
And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked. (NASB)

      1. Edward J. Young: His judgments will not be based upon the ordinary sources of information to men, namely, what men see and what they hear. Such means, the eyes and the ears, can bring at best but an outward impression. For absolute justice, there must be absolute knowledge, one that cannot be derived merely by these two regular and ordinary sources of information (The Book of Isaiah, Volume 1, page 384). 
     2. Matthew Poole: Christ...shall thoroughly examine all causes, and search out the truth of things, and the very hearts of men



[*1] The Jewish Encyclopedia (1901) in defining "Monotheism" affirms that it entails the "worshipers of the one God and of Him alone" (See the last sentence of the first paragraph). 

 In addition to Daniel 7:14, there are several other passages which teach that the Lord Jesus is the proper recipient of worship in the Old Testament.



[*2] https://www.christforums.com/forums/topic/5196-kardiognōstēs-does-it-mean-omniscient/






What other evidence from the Old Testament do yo think demonstrates that the Lord Jesus is God?




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What do you think of the fact that the Lord Jesus is referred to as "mighty God" (Isaiah 9:6) and so is YHWH (Isaiah 10:21)?

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