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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. Placable37

    Slain For The Word Of God And The Testimony

    Thanks for your uplifting feedback, Faber. Also the welcome references which hopefully others will take on board.
  2. Placable37

    Falling away?

    True. Ipso facto, (by the fact itself) of examining ourselves to see whether we are in the faith (that which comes by hearing, and hearing which comes by the Word of God), and testing ourselves with regard to whether Christ is in us or not, we can have the assurance of faith ( as per Hebrews 10:22), but if we fail the test and are found not to be in the faith how can God's saving grace be conveyed to us? 2Co 13:5 (5) Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
  3. Placable37

    Falling away?

    The Bible teaches about falling away from faith from start to finish. It never goes well for those who forsake God. The nation of Israel found this out when their unfaithfulness to God went unabated despite many warnings from his prophets and as a consequence He gave them over to their enemies for 70 years of captivity in a foreign land. Being a Christian involves yielding to God's will and focussing on Him who is the author and finisher of our faith, namely our Lord and Saviour Jesus christ. (Hebrews 12:2) The New Testament Scriptures are full of exhortations to maintain godly associations and good works along with a lifestyle of communication with God through prayer and Bible study. These on their own don't earn salvation which is by grace through faith, but they are evidence of abiding in Christ with a true heart in which Christ abides, and Christ is faithful to keep His promises to those who abide in Him, as per these verses... Heb 10:19-39 (19) Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, (20) By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; (21) And having an high priest over the house of God; (22) Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. (23) Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) (24) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: (25) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching. (26) For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins, (27) But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. (28) He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: (29) Of how much sorer punishment, suppose you, shall he be thought worthy, who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? (30) For we know him that has said, Vengeance belongs unto me, I will recompense, says the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. (31) It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (32) But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great fight of afflictions; (33) Partly, whilst you were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst you became companions of them that were so used. (34) For you had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that you have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. (35) Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompence of reward. (36) For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise. (37) For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. (38) Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. (39) But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
  4. Placable37

    Absolute Predestination

    All good. As long as we're clear.
  5. Placable37

    Absolute Predestination

    An exception would be the likes of John when writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit: 2Jn 1:1 (1) The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth; 2Jn 1:13 (13) The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.
  6. Placable37

    Absolute Predestination

    I can in light of these verses. I believe it is called having faith in Christ that He will keep His Word. Heb 10:22-23 (22) Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. (23) Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) Heb 10:35-39 (35) Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. (36) For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. (37) For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. (38) Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. (39) But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
  7. Placable37

    Why we don’t do platonic relationships…

    Excellent essay, William. Over the years some of the relationship issues that have been aired in various small fellowship groups I have been involved in have been extremely sensitive and emotionally charged. The boundary between godly fellowship for exhortation and edification and carnal fellowship for mutual admiration becomes blurred if not maintained with pure motives.
  8. Placable37

    Is it possible to baptize myself in water.

    Look at the date on the OP...a whole year ago...and just_me hasn't visited the forum since April. Wonder if he did get baptised??? 🤔
  9. Placable37

    There wont be any sinners in heaven

    Could you elaborate on this please. How did you arrive at this criticism?
  10. Placable37

    There wont be any sinners in heaven

    Hi sdowney717, Are you familiar with the 7 letters in Revelation? Were the Christians all commended for their sinless perfection, or were there those who were commanded to repent? Also, have you studied this passage in John's epistle lately? 1Jn 3:1-6 (1) Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God: and such we are. For this cause the world knows us not, because it knew him not. (2) Beloved, now are we children of God, and it is not yet made manifest what we shall be. We know that, if he shall be manifested, we shall be like him; for we shall see him even as he is. (3) And every one that has this hope set on him purifies himself, even as he is pure. (4) Every one that does sin does also lawlessness: and sin is lawlessness. (5) And you know that he was manifested to take away sins; and in him is no sin. (6) Whosoever abides in him sins not: whosoever sins has not seen him, neither knows him. The problem is that the new man in Christ is in a battle with the old man of the flesh. The new man in Christ does not sin but this side of heaven the old man of the flesh can cause a Christian to sin, which is why we have Christ as our mediator. 1Jn 1:8-10 (8) If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (10) If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1Jn 2:1-6 (1) My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye may not sin. And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: (2) and he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the whole world. (3) And hereby know we that we know him, if we keep his commandments. (4) He that says, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him: (5) but whoso keeps his word, in him verily has the love of God been perfected. Hereby know we that we are in him: (6) he that says he abides in him ought himself also to walk even as he walked.
  11. Placable37

    KJVOnly: Words deleted?

    I'm still blessed by it!
  12. Placable37

    KJVOnly: Words deleted?

    This is brilliant. Sometimes pointing out the bias of the KJV gets met with dismay by those less informed. Thanks for these notes, William.
  13. Placable37

    KJVOnly: Words deleted?

    Particularly the authorisation of certain words according to the political agenda of King James I. From Wkpd.
  14. Placable37

    Feeling Unmoved by the Gospel

    Hi Laverne3. Reading your post I get a strong impression that a quenching of the Holy Spirit is preventing you from living every day full of the joy and gladness that should accompany knowing Jesus christ as your Lord and Saviour. If I was present with you with one or two other Christians I would anoint you with oil and we would pray for the cause of the quenching to be revealed and removed. If there is some sort of demonic curse or controlling influence trying to quench your zeal and love for Christ and all those that are His it may manifest through domination, intimidation, manipulation, or seduction. The Scriptures warn about these things, and also point to the Remedy - Christ. Isa 61:1-3 (1) The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; (2) To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; (3) To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

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