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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 confusion of Joel Hemphill concerning the worship of Jesus as the Creator

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Joel Hemphill denies that the Lord Jesus is God. In the citations below he emphasizes how worship is to be rendered unto the Father. But as my responses will demonstrate the Lord Jesus is also the proper recipient of worship.


1. Joel Hemphill: This raises a serious worship issue. Jesus’ greatest lesson on worship is found in John chapter 4.

“The true worshipers shall worship the Father...for the Father seeketh such to worship him” (v. 23).

My response: The same Greek word for worship (proskyneō) is properly rendered unto the Lord Jesus in John 9:38.


2. Joel Hemphill: At the end of time John saw an angel fly in the midst of heaven having the eternal gospel to preach unto the entire world. He was saying:

“Fear God, and give glory to him...and worship him that made heaven, and earth...” (Revelation 14:17).

The above is fear, glory and worship to God our Creator, “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

My response: The Lord Jesus is to be feared (Ephesians 5:21; Colossians 3:22), given glory (2 Timothy 4:18; 2 Peter 3:18) and He is to be worshiped by all of creation (Revelation 5:8-14). I believe Mr. Hemphill meant Revelation 14:7 and not Revelation 14:17. 



 The above quotes by Joel Hemphill are from the following link:



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