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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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To give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth. Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.

Proverbs 1:4-5 ESV

 

Schools use different textbooks for students who are at different levels in their education. First graders who are just beginning to learn arithmetic don’t use the same texts that college students studying higher forms of mathematics would use. A college math textbook would be completely incomprehensible to a first grader and a college math student wouldn’t find any useful information in a text written for first graders.

 

Because the Bible is inspired by God it isn’t subject to the limitations of books written by human educators. It can be read and studied profitably by four groups of people: the simple, the youth, the wise, and the one who understands. Everyone fits into one of these categories.

 

No matter how little a person knows he can still understand enough of the Bible to read it profitably. And no one can ever become so well educated that he can’t learn something new from reading the Bible. I have been a Christian for 60 years. When I was first saved I began reading the Bible regularly and was able to understand it and use is as a guide for how to live. I know a lot more about the Bible now than I did then but I find that as I study it I still learn things that I didn’t know before. No matter how long I live I will never reach a point where I can’t find something new in the Bible.

 

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Amen. I do believe the plan of salvation will be the study through all eternity. One thing I have learned is that Christ is the main theme throughout the entire Bible. There are so many Old Testament stories that point to Christ and serve as symbols of the character and life of Christ. Have you ever studied the typologies of the Bible, type and anti-type? There are so many parallels that it's mind-boggling. God is infinite in wisdom! God bless.

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