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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.

Why people do not believe in Christ

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Jesus in John  5 explains why. It is because His word does not dwell in them, for He has not given them to know God and Christ by making them born of God.

John 5::21 "For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will."

Luke 10:22 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”


and so then v40, they refuse to come to Christ so that they might have life. People in their natural state refuse Christ. The natural state is not of the Father, as they have not been born of God, they are alive only in their flesh. 

Flesh gives life to flesh and Spirit to spirit.

John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 


And they can not be saved as they do not seek the glory that comes from the one true God, meaning they really don't care or want anything to do with Christ.

No one wants anything to do with Christ, unless they are first born of God.



36 “I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing—testify that the Father has sent me. 

37 And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, 

38 nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. 

39 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.


41 “I do not accept glory from human beings, 42 but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. 

43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. 

44 How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

45 “But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. 

46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. 

47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?

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Rom 3:10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 
Rom 3:11  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 
Rom 3:12  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 
Rom 3:13  Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 
Rom 3:14  Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 
Rom 3:15  Their feet are swift to shed blood: 
Rom 3:16  Destruction and misery are in their ways: 
Rom 3:17  And the way of peace have they not known: 
Rom 3:18  There is no fear of God before their eyes. 

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John 6:37 "All the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will certainly not cast out." NASB

If the Father has not given a person they can not be saved. We respond by the Holy Spirit calling us. Those who are His will respond. For most of the world this is foolishness, those being saved it is truly awesome. I find myself asking "why me LORD?" Truly I am amazed, I will never understand the LOVE Jesus Christ gives, I am so undeserving!


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Apostle Paul acknowledges this great salvation when he says this, that we were chosen to be in Him by Him from the beginning, which means before time began, before the world was.

So comfort your hearts in the love of God by which He has caused His light to shine out from within you, making you acceptable in the Beloved as His gift to you  to be   part of the family of God.


2 Thessalonians 2

13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, 

14 to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.

16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, 

17 comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.

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