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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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Are you a sinner, saint, or both?

Are you a sinner, saint, or both?  

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  1. 1. Are you a sinner, saint, or both?

    • A sinner only
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    • A saint only
      2
    • I am both a sinner and saint
      5


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I am a saint because my sins have been forgiven and God looks at me as if I were without sin. As long as I am in my present body I still have my old sin nature and am capable of sinning, so I am still a sinner. When I leave this body by death or my body is transformed by the rapture I will no long have the sin nature and I will then be a saint only.

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I am a saint because my sins have been forgiven and God looks at me as if I were without sin. As long as I am in my present body I still have my old sin nature and am capable of sinning, so I am still a sinner. When I leave this body by death or my body is transformed by the rapture I will no long have the sin nature and I will then be a saint only.

 

This is an informative post. The clarification of "sinner" as a verb, and "sinner" as a noun, is crucial to our understanding. I sin, yet I am not a sinner by standing. My standing is saved, secure, forever. No weapon formed against me shall prosper. When reading scripture such as 1 John 1:8 one must look to the Holy Spirit for the only applicable interpretation and application.

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I'm a sinner , saved by grace. God sees me through the blood of Jesus Christ -- just as though I'd never sinned. Eventually I'll have a glorified body.

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