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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.
James Honigman

WHAT IS THE BIBLE ALL ABOUT?

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     The battle between good and evil.  Simply put, that is what the Bible is all about. The battle lines are drawn in the Garden of Eden. I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her Seed. Our Heavenly Father was pronouncing sentence on Satan. The war between good and evil began there, and it is highlighted throughout the Bible with battle after battle pitting the evil seed against the good Seed. Satan had to stop the good Seed from coming to fruition. In other words, the Devil had to stop Jesus Christ from being born, because he knew it meant his destruction if it came to pass. 

     Of course, that Divine birth did take place and now our Beloved holds the keys between death and hell. Confused?  Don't be, it's simple really. Satan had to stop Christ from being born and his attempts at making that happen are documented in many books of the Bible.This might be easier to understand with examples; let us look at Satan's 2nd attempt to destroy Jesus Christ, the good Seed. Cain killed his brother, Abel. Satan was successful in destroying the good Seed when Cain did this, and Seth had to be born to replace Abel. The Apostle John puts it this way:  

     Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother.  And wherefore slew he him?  Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.  1 John 3:12 

     Cain's works were evil and Abel's works were good.  Got it? There are numerous, and I mean numerous examples of the Devil trying to destroy the righteous Seed line of Christ. Let me give you one more example. The righteous Seed line of Christ, through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was on shaky ground so our Father sent It to Egypt where It could recoup, refresh and replenish Itself for over 400 years. It worked, and we find Moses standing at the Red Sea with over one and a half million.  Pharaoh was about to slaughter every last one of them until our Father turned the tables on him and killed all the Egyptians.  

     We all know the story, but if Pharaoh had been successful the righteous Seed line of Christ would have been gone.  Better said, the rightful Owner of the keys to death and hell would have stayed with Satan. What?  Yes, when our Beloved went on the cross for us, He took those keys from Satan, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the Devil. And that's what the Holy Bible is all about.  

     Of course, the Bible is about much more than that, instructions in righteousness, for instance.  And I don't believe in long posts, so I'll just leave it at that. Thanks for listening. James. 

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