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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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Amazing Grace (1 of 3) The History and Theology of Calvinism

By William, 12/18/2018

Section 1: The History of the Debate - Beginning with Augustine, Pelagian doctrine is clearly explained, as are Augustine's refutations. Attention next shifts to Luther's answers to Erasmus' emphasis on free will, then to the Synod of Dordt's reply to Arminius.


Section 2: The Testimony of Scripture - The Five Points of Calvinism are explained. Supporting texts are given, and the questions raised in opposition by Arminians are answered in their contextual setting. Applications of Calvinism are compared with the Arminian view of man's free will.


Section 3: Evangelism - Many of the great preachers and evangelists throughout history have been Calvinists. This portion includes careful instruction and explains the role of God's law in evangelism.

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