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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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Paul's 'My Gospel'

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 Romans 16:25-27.  “Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began, but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures, made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God for obedience to the faith. To God alone wise, be glory, through Jesus Christ forever.  Amen.”
 
Thus does Paul close his great letter to the Church at Rome, and signals the significance of its contents by his description of his letter as being ‘my gospel’.  By this he was referring to his having received the understanding of ‘the mystery’ directly from the Holy Ghost. (Eph. 3:1-6. Col. 1:24-27). By use of the ‘prophetic Scriptures’, that former mystery was now being openly preached in the world. 
 
A seminal theme of the Old Testament prophets was the scattering of the twelve tribes because of their unfaithfulness, in two expulsions, Israel first, and later Judah, and then a regathering of both, in mercy.  But that regathering of God’s people, the Jews had always assumed, would bring about the re-establishment of the nation such David ruled over, comprised of the ethnic sons and daughters of Abraham, in a nationalistic glory.  This nationalistic vision was very strong, and surfaced in the hearts of Christ’s disciples after His resurrection, when they eagerly asked Him; "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?"   This nationalism had always blinded the Jews to the correct interpretation of the eschatological prophets.  Peter’s nationalism was entrenched and had to be rebuked, and he was shown that his refusal to eat unclean foods was akin to refusing to preach the gospel to the Gentiles, being told; "What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy!"  The coming kingdom the prophets spoke of would include the Gospel-cleansed from every race on earth.  And thus later Peter would take the words that had always been considered nationally applicable by the Jews, and correctly apply them to the gathered saints; ‘But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession.’ (1 Peter 2:9.)
 Not only Paul and Peter were given to properly understand the ‘prophetic Scriptures’.  At the Antioch conference it was James who categorically asserted from the prophet Amos that the joining together of Jew and Gentile into one in the Body in Christ, was the fulfilment of the sure promises made long ago to David (Acts 15:15-17 - Ps.89).  By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the New Testament Apostles were given to see that there was an eschatologically prophetic ‘Judah’, and an eschatologically prophetic ‘Israel’, who were given promises that only the Gospel could ever realise.  Cleansed by the Gospel, both Jew and Gentile would be made into ‘one new man’ in Christ (Eph. 2:15).  This ‘mystery made manifest’ is the key to interpreting the prophets. They were so interpreted by the apostles, and the Holy Ghost affirmed their word, with power. 
 
Old Testament promises reveal their consummation as coming in the form and power of the Gospel. Examples are exceedingly many, but Jeremiah chapter 50 provides a number of good examples.  The promises are given to a ‘Judah’ and to an ‘Israel’, and these long after the natural Israel was no more.   (as in Ezekiel 37:15-24)
 Jer.50:4,5. "The children of Israel shall come, they, and the children of Judah together. With continual weeping they shall come, and seek the LORD their God. ‘They shall ask the way to Zion, With their faces toward it, saying; 'Come and let us join ourselves to the LORD In a PERPETUAL COVENANT, that will not be forgotten.'
 The New Covenant promise is patently obvious. There is only one perpetual covenant: it is the ‘Everlasting Covenant’.
 Another example in Jeremiah Chapter 50, is found in verses 33,34.
 ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: "The children of Israel were oppressed, Along with the children of Judah;  All who took them captive, have held them fast; They have refused to let them go. (But) Their Redeemer is strong; The LORD of hosts is His name.  He will thoroughly plead their case.”
 
The apostles preached this ‘Strong Redeemer’ and also His heavenly intercessory ministry, echoed in Paul’s use of a legal context in Romans 8:33,34.
 “Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and also furthermore is risen, Who is even at the right hand of God, Who also makes intercession for us.”  
 John says;  ‘We have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.’  (1 Jn. 2:1)   He is now in heaven on our behalf. (see Heb. 9:24)
 
‘Known to God from eternity, are all His works’, said James to the gathered apostles, and that sure work, foreordained in eternity, was to take out of every race, ‘a people for His name’. (Acts 15:14 & 18).  Every Old Testament eschatological prophecy promised what was to be fulfilled in Christ. This was the apostles’ doctrine, and it changed the world.

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