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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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“Increased Faith” (Luke 17:5)

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When saints know of their eternal security they can always find an exhortation that bears something that will bring them to the awareness that regardless of the present situation, they do not have to allow any trial to become troublesome (John 14:1, 27) due to the Father’s synchronic “work” of “goodness” in “all things” (Rom 8:28). They need not to understand how this is always accomplished because faith requires not always an explanation to live by (though understanding may eventually come) concerning God’s “Word of exhortation” (Heb 13:22).

 

As the ill awaited on the “moving of the water” (John 5:3), so does faith expectantly awaits its trial-some reward of encouragement in every hardness. Believers eventually are shown it’s merely a matter of patience and humility; the former, in that fret can be dispensed with due to being convinced of the inevitable resolution, whether the taking of it be light (Mat 11:30) or heavy (Heb 12:1); the latter, in knowing that all hardness carries an element of offense, either from without or within, which is to be disregarded through blessed forgiveness (esp. the hardest to be forgiven—self).

 

The growth of faith is greatly added to when convinced that each day can be greeted with the knowing that it has already been prepared for the benefit of those in the “household of faith” (Gal 6:10)—which is “the household of God” (Eph 2:19). The sole prerequisite?—rebirth! The Orchestrator has taken all thought and actions (past, present and future) into account upon the “acceptance” (Eph 1:6) of His children and has deemed none ever in trouble with Him, and all corrections are of “chastisement” rather than punishment (Heb 12:10).

 

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Ask and it will be given to you . . .

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
We like the apostles must also admit that we are lacking . . . in faith and ask the LORD who is forever generous to increase our faith.
You say, ‘I am rich; I have grown wealthy and need nothing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.
We always will need something more from the LoRD.

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Ask and it will be given to you . . . We like the apostles must also admit that we are lacking . . . in faith and ask the LORD who is forever generous to increase our faith. We always will need something more from the LoRD.

 

Hi Smithee - Thanks for your input, and your comment is true, saints will always be in need concerning their state, yet their standing is perfect via Christ! I believe every Church in Revelation will be brought to where Christ desires them to be (completely God-dependent) before entering eternity, for they are all His Body which is "irrevocable" (Rom 11:29).

 

Yet, there will always be false professors who, even for a long time appear as saints but have never been born again, which no doubt are among those who are truly of the Body.

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