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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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Testing spirits.

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[h=1]Matthew 7:21-23King James Version (KJV)[/h] 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

 

 

[h=1]1 John 4:1-6King James Version (KJV)[/h] 4 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

 

Is the confessing of the faith that John is talking about- in Luke 1:42? Does this fit the bill? Should we test all spirits by this?

 

[h=1]Luke 1:42King James Version (KJV)[/h] 42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

 

 

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Matthew 7:21-23King James Version (KJV)

 

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

 

 

1 John 4:1-6King James Version (KJV)

 

4 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

 

Is the confessing of the faith that John is talking about- in Luke 1:42? Does this fit the bill? Should we test all spirits by this?

 

Luke 1:42King James Version (KJV)

 

42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

 

 

Well, she did say this upon hearing Mary's greeting. so, this is Elisabeth's Holy Spirit filled response. It is not like she knew Mary was coming, if that were the case , I guess she just would have said Hi, Mary long time no see. Instead we have this. So, Yes!

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So, let me see if I understand this 1John 4 used. John is saying , that spirits whether apparitions or in people, should be tested, right? If a spirit comes before you from the supernatural realm , you should ask it to glorify Christ come in the flesh, which Elisabeth did. So, if the spirit can say what she did, then they are of the Spirit of God? Hmm. Didn't Gabriel the Arch Angel say the same thing? Luke 1:28

 

 

28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”

So it would seem they were the first two to do the confessing. Doesn't scripture say something on- there should be two witnesses at least, concerning any matter of importance or consequence?

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