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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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Was the Cross Insufficient?

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Colossians 1:24-30 How was Christ's afflictions or suffering insufficient?

 

24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

 

I believe the answer is found in the same chapter but would love to hear your thoughts?

 

God bless,

William

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Colossians 1:24-30 How was Christ's afflictions or suffering insufficient?

 

 

 

I believe the answer is found in the same chapter but would love to hear your thoughts?

 

God bless,

William

 

How was Christ's, afflictions or suffering insufficient?

 

"I am filling up what [in me] is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body" ... the Church.

 

How was Christ's afflictions or suffering, insufficient?

Rose Christ not from the dead, his afflictions and suffering would have been '~insufficient~' and we would have been in our sins yet and unsaved and lost. But now Jesus' sufferings and afflictions availed and attained their purpose "to save to the uttermost", and we are forgiven our sins and are saved everlastingly by his Resurrection from the dead. Romans 5:10,11.

 

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Paul is taking on the afflictions of Christ, he is taking up his cross and following. Paul is getting his fill of Christ affictions.

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