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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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What is your specialist subject? With Paul it was Christ, and Him crucified. Gaius played host to Paul at Corinth (Romans 16:23) and the saints met in his home where they would have heard the message Paul refers to in these verses: 

1Co 2:1-5
(1)  And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
(2)  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
(3)  And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
(4)  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
(5)  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
 

Talk of Christ and Him crucified bothers some people.

1Co 1:18
(18)  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
1Co 1:23-24
(23)  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
(24)  But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

 

As followers of Christ we know the power and wisdom of God present in our lives as a result of Christ crucified. No matter what else is happening in the world and in our lives, Christ crucified has us in its thrall. Is there anything as catastrophic, traumatic, dynamic, intentional, strategic, magnetic, and prophetic to equal God incarnate undertaking such a demanding ordeal on our behalf?

 

And in this, like Paul, we share... 

 

Gal 2:20
(20)  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

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1 Cor. 2:2 "For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified."

 

One of my favorite verses. We are to think of ourselves dead to this world. We have already given up on our life's hopes and dreams. Not a thing matters to the dead. Sin, disappointment and happiness are just temporary states that we repent of and move along. Everything that we used to desire is thrown out. We have lost this life that we might gain life with Christ. God's grace should be sufficient for now. We just love one another and bide our time, knowing all things work for our overall good (Rom. 8:28).

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34 minutes ago, deade said:

1 Cor. 2:2 "For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified."

 

One of my favorite verses. We are to think of ourselves dead to this world. We have already given up on our life's hopes and dreams. Not a thing matters to the dead. Sin, disappointment and happiness are just temporary states that we repent of and move along. Everything that we used to desire is thrown out. We have lost this life that we might gain life with Christ. God's grace should be sufficient for now. We just love one another and bide our time, knowing all things work for our overall good (Rom. 8:28).

Good to get your feedback, once again, deade. That's right, nothing in or of the world matters when we are dead to it. We are blessed in the victory of Christ's crucifixion as we fellowship with Him and His people as those who are crucified with Him. Amen.

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