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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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    The Commandments of Jesus Christ

    I will then perform appropriate substitutions, marking them with asterisks. As *I* are laying upon me a condition that does not exist in the terms of use, and is apparently being applied towards me only, does this not make *me* a respecter of men? And, as we read, to transgress the law in one point makes one guilty of all. The book of 1st John. Take it literally. *I* asked, I answered: the glory is God's, and all who obey shall likewise glory in God. If *I* cannot keep those two commandments, and if *I* desire to keep those two commandments, then why do *I* not exercise faith in God and ask him for the capacity to keep them? For is it not written that God giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not? And is it not written "ask, and ye shall receive! Knock, and it shall be opened unto you!"? We disagree on the meaning of justification and probably won't come to agreement. And he giveth us that which is needful that we may attain to the fulness of his stature. Which is the point of keeping his commandments - that we may receive of him the experience necessary to attain to his stature, by his grace and through our faith. I have no position: I repeat the commandments of him whom *I* say is *my* Lord and *my* Savior, and repeat that it is necessary to keep them. Satan's one purpose is to stop *me* from keeping the commandments of Christ through vain philosophies and doctrines and lies. How *I* interpret me is a function of judging after the manner of *my* own heart: Romans 2:1. If *I* were pure, *I* would assume everyone to be pure: Titus 1:15. Inasmuch as *I* insist on turning the topic to me, *I* am insisting on performing judgement. As for me, it is none of my affair whether *I* keep the commandments or not; my task is to repeat them, remind those who claim the Lord of their obligations, and answer the sincere seekers.
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    The Commandments of Jesus Christ

    Are you making this a condition of my participation on this board? This is the thrust of 1 John. The law is simple, and it is given in the OP; if you distrust my rephrasing, you may of course refer to any number of translations of the New Testament for they do not vary substantially. I am capable of keeping them. Which of these commandments do you claim you cannot keep? By believing the word when it came to me; by repenting of all my sins by calling upon the name of the Lord, even until he remitted my sins and justified me through the ministration of the Holy Spirit; and by exercising faith in him by prayer and by doing what he has commanded from thenceforth. Understanding me is not, and ought not be, an issue, since I am repeating the commandments of him whom you acknowledge to be your Lord and your Savior. Inasmuch as you make *me* the topic of interest, you go astray.
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    The Commandments of Jesus Christ

    I do not justify myself, but God has justified me through his mercy and grace, that I may do as he has commanded. If I were to rebel against his commandments, then I would be in my sins, my faith would be dead, and I would be found a hypocrite at the last, just as are all they who say they believe and do not do what the Lord has commanded.
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    The Commandments of Jesus Christ

    The Pharisees kept not the law, but instead kept their traditions in place of the law of Moses. If they had kept the law, they would have received Jesus, for it was he who gave the law. Just as if you are keeping the commandments of Jesus, you will receive what I say, since I repeat what you acknowledge are the commandments of him whom ye say is your Lord and your Savior. None is morally superior save one, that is God.
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    The Commandments of Jesus Christ

    If you do not keep his commandments, you do not believe, whatever you may say, even as the Pharisees and Scribes said, and did not do.
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    The Commandments of Jesus Christ

    To be a sacrifice for sins unto all who should believe and repent of all their sins that they may receive a remission of them through his merits and be justified thereby, being ennabled to keep his commandments through faith untill they in their turn fulfill the law and are sanctified, holy, without spot.
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    The Commandments of Jesus Christ

    Because he received commandment of the Father to lay down his life (John 10:18).
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    The Commandments of Jesus Christ

    The difference between justification and our Christian duty is the difference between being made able to keep the law, and actually keeping the law. "Just" means doing what you have agreed to. "Justification" means to be rendered able to do what you have agreed to, in particular to be born again to see the kingdom of God, being made a partaker to that degree of His righteousness. "Sanctification" means to fulfill the law and abide in God without sin from thenceforth, being born of God, in this world being as He is.
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    The Commandments of Jesus Christ

    If you die in your sins, you are not saved.
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    The Commandments of Jesus Christ

    Because he received commandment of the Father to lay down his life (John 10:18).
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    The Commandments of Jesus Christ

    Matthew 21 28 ¶But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. 29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. 30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. 31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. Matthew 7 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. Therefore, those of you who are Christ's disciples, let us not dispute the will of God, nor revile his law by saying it cannot be kept, but let us be up and doing and teaching. Otherwise you build on a sandy foundation, and the gates of hell stand open to receive you when the floods come.
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    The Commandments of Jesus Christ

    Christ gave us the law that we shall keep and teach, or we shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 5 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousnessshall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 23 1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, thatobserve and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. Luke 12:1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Luke 6 46 ¶And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
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    The Commandments of Jesus Christ

    Yes, I even said it outright in the original post. If you appeal to Paul to defeat Jesus, it would seem you must necessarily be Paul's disciple, and not Jesus's. Paul, I might add, would not approve: 1 Corinthians 1:13; 1 Corinthians 7:19. If you say God's commandments cannot be kept, you cannot be keeping them and also cannot be born again. See 1 John and James 2, among others.
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    The Commandments of Jesus Christ

    My point is to repeat the sayings, teachings, and commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to remind those who call themselves by his holy name: If we do these things which he has commanded, we are the church and family of God. If we do not these things which he has commanded, we are not the church and family of God. Luke 6:46-49 Matthew 12:46-50 Matthew 16:13-20, particularly v. 18 in reference to the citation to Luke 6:46-49

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