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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.

Jesus refers to the Father as "my God" (John 20:17; Revelation 3:12)

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John 20:17

Jesus said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’” (NASB)

 Some who deny the Lord Jesus is God will cite John 20:17[*1] and affirm that the Lord Jesus can not be God because He referred to the Father as "My God." However, Thomas also referred to the Lord Jesus as "my God" in John 20:28 which demonstrates that the Lord Jesus is God. 


 Furthermore, the Father referred to the Lord Jesus as "God" in Hebrews 1:8 within the context of worship (1:6) so in no way can this reference to "God" (theos) be in any way diminished.


[*1] On John 20:17

     1. Otto Hofius: He spoke of God as his Father ("my Father") and as the Father of the disciples ("your Father"). But he never joined with them together in a common "our Father" (the Lord's Prayer is a prayer for the disciples to use!) (NIDNTT 1:619, Father)

     2. A. W. Pink: But mark His precision: He did not say "Our Father, and our God." He still maintains His pre-eminency, His uniqueness, for God is His Father and God in a singular and incommunicable manner.




In Revelation 3:12 we see that the Lord Jesus refers to the Father as "my God" four times (the underlined is mine).

 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name. (NASB)

 This passage does not detract from the Supreme Deity of Christ at all, but rather affirms it. Notice at the very end of it it reads, "My new name." This demonstrates that the Lord Jesus is the proper recipient of our worship - and only God is to be worshiped. Those who belong to the "new Jerusalem" have His name written on their foreheads. They will render latreuō unto Him for He is their God (Revelation 22:3-4). If Christ be not God then He would not be the proper recipient of such worship.

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