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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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  1. Gerhard E

    Was the Cross Insufficient?

    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.
  2. ALL Scripture pertaining "the day The Seventh Day : Sabbath-Rest-Day of the LORD GOD." God never rested rested He not in Christ Jesus and never in Christ Jesus rested God, rested He not "RAISING CHRIST FROM THE DEAD ... by the ALL-EXCEEDING GREATNESS of his Power which God WORKED WHEN HE RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD." Ephesians 1.19,20 to mention but one Scripture. Exodus 31:17, "The LORD on the day The Seventh Day RESTED HAVING REVIVED." Nothing ever has been so desirable to satanic powers as the "Power of His --Jesus Christ's-- Resurrection" or its day. They "shall THINK to change times and Law of God" simply by changing God's Written Word to serve their purpose.
  3. Why honour the Sabbath Day? Because "the LORD thy God brought thee out thence with Mighty Hand and Stretched out Arm : THEREFORE the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the Sabbath Day." God "the day The Seventh Day", "brought us out thence [from the dead through Christ] that He might bring us in [with Christ in The Resurrection of Life] ... that He might preserve us alive always ["your life being hid with Christ in God"] AS AT THIS DAY" : "in fullness of the Sabbath". Deuteronomy 5:15,23,24. Not because ~we should honor the Sabbath day~!
  4. That's right. He, as a Christian, received through Jesus Christ, "the day The Seventh Day God --in Christ-- from all, his, God's works --through Christ-- rested." That included Jesus Christ's Resurrection from the dead "on the Sabbath", yea, all the Works of God culminated in "the Lordly Day of the Lord", His LORDSHIP our Lord Jesus Christ.
  5. What will you Americans say if North Korea first started with nukes? Or Iran did? Or China? Or Pakistan!! Or Israel? I hope you have good enough other than nuclear 'fire and fury' weapons ready and USE THEM FIRST. God bless the last Protestant Christian country and nation on earth
  6. When transgressors of the Ten Commandments, the Law still applies to Christians. But not as to unbelievers, because Christians' / believers' transgression of God's Law is forgiven them through Jesus Christ. So, when believers as Christians follow after Jesus -- that is, are Law-abiding --, it's not because '~the Ten Commandments still apply to them~', but it is because Christ Jesus "on the Sabbath" ROSE from the dead to reign supreme to them. Convert to, or remain in Judaism with its Commandment-Sabbath if not "the Sabbath was made" by none other than "the Only Lawgiver", "the Son of Man Lord of the Sabbath" by own and only, everlasting, Resurrection-Life!
  7. "​​​​​​The Lords Day"" -- "SABBATH-DAY-OF-THE-LORD-GOD" ... "the DAY The Seventh Day" of the week in Holy SCRIPTURE ~terms~! It was when "the LORD rested from all his works" in Christ! Hebrews 4:4. It was "GOD, in these last days BY THE SON having spoken", "when God by the all-exceeding greatness of his Power which He WORKED having RAISED CHRIST from the dead ... RESTED HIM AT HIS OWN RIGHT HAND HIS HEAVENLY MAJESTY"; RESTING Christ on God's Throne, the Throne of His REST, "and gave Him to the Church ('~the NT church~') as HEAD".
  8. There are no words or concepts in the Greek in Colossians 2 of or like ‘~in questions~’, ‘~food and drink~’, ‘~with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath~’, ‘~festivals~’, ‘~annual Sabbaths~’, ‘~the new moons~’, ‘~and Sabbaths~’, ‘~the celebrations~’, ‘~at the beginning of each month~’. The ‘~only thing left for the word Sabbaths to refer to is the weekly Sabbaths~’, indeed … but not ‘~the weekly Sabbaths~’ per se of the Old Testament LAW, because the only thing left for the word “Sabbaths” to refer to literally and essentially is “Sabbaths’-Feast the SUBSTANCE of is CHRIST”!
  9. If one believe the Sabbath because of the Fourth of the Ten Commandments, then why not believe slavery is '~a gift from God~' as well?
  10. Gerhard E

    Is Matthew 12:40 using common idiomatic language?

    The answer is, No, Matthew 12:40 does not use any '~common idiomatic language~', but rather highly exceptional and specific Hebrew and Christian Biblical '~language~'.

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