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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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Standing Firm for the Doctrine of Justification by Faith Alone

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If an angel comes in here and says, “Wait a minute. You can’t get to heaven by trusting Christ and Christ alone, and having the imputation of His merit.” And the angel came here and said, “For you to really be justified you have to have inherent righteousness. You have to add works to faith, merit to grace, you to Christ.” If an angel from heaven came in here and said that this afternoon, I would take him by the seat of his celestial pants and kick him out of here!

 

Paul said that if anybody teaches you any other gospel, even if it’s an angel from heaven, let him be anathema. Let him be anathema; let him be damned.

 

If the pope, the bishop, the priest, your preacher, teaches any other gospel than that which you have received, let him be anathema; because there is no other gospel.

 

And now I’m interested, because I can remember when I got involved in this debate back at the time of ECT and was losing friends faster than I could shake a stick at them, and people say you’re dividing the church, and all that—same kind of thing they said to John MacArthur. And I was alone one night and I went in the church and I opened this passage in Galatians. And I had always stopped at verse 9, “As we said before so I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than that which you have received let him be accursed”—I would stop there. This time I went to verse 10. “For do I now persuade men, or God? Do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a slave of Jesus Christ.”

 

Here’s where, when the gospel is at stake, as Luther said in His great hymn, “A Mighty Fortress,” in the last verse, “Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also.” If we have to let go of our family, let go of our friends, let go of our church, let go of our lives, so be it. Otherwise, we seek to please men rather than to please God. And God has saved us with a gospel that is really a magnificent gospel, a marvelous gospel. And if I trade that in, or negotiate it, and say to people who affirm the council of Trent—this other gospel—that I have a unity of faith in the gospel with them, what have I done!

 

I’ll give up my relationship to any leader in Christendom over this doctrine; I’ll split my family over this doctrine; I’ll split the church over this doctrine. This is the gospel! If the Lord marks iniquity, who shall stand? Well, guess what? He does mark iniquity. And blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute sin.

 

From the Garden of Eden, the first way justification entered the world was how God saved Adam and Eve by covering their nakedness; by hiding their sin. The whole system of atonement in the Old Testament when the blood came into the holy of holies and was sprinkled on the mercy seat, it was to cover the sin of the people. That’s what the cloak of the righteousness of Christ does for all who put their trust in Him. His righteousness is my covering. And that’s how I can stand before a holy God.

 

Again, if I have to wait until, through the machinations of the church, and the sacraments, and all the rest, and purgatory, to make me pure before I can be justified, I’m going to sleep in tomorrow morning. Because without sola Fide, you’re without the gospel. And without the gospel, you’re without hope. But thanks be to God who gives us the glorious gospel of justification through trusting in the work of Jesus and the work of Jesus alone, who alone is not only able, but willing to save all who put their faith in Him.

 

Source: http://www.ligonier.org/blog/standing-firm-doctrine-justification-faith-alone/

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How do we obtain forgiveness?

 

Repent of your sins.

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But did not Christ say blessed are the merciful, they shall obtain Mercy? Matt 5:7

 

You asked how to be forgiven. To be forgiven, repent of your sins to God in prayer.

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But is not forgiveness and mercy the same?

 

No, forgiveness is you asking the Lord to forgive your sins and the Lord forgiving those sin. Mercy is the Lord having mercy on you despite your sins and failures. We are all sinners and continue in sin and we need both forgiveness and mercy through the grace of our Lord.

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Where did you find that in the Bible? And what about charity and the forgiveness of sins? Luke 7:47 and 1 Pet 4:8 charity covers a multitude of sins!

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Where did you find that in the Bible? And what about charity and the forgiveness of sins? Luke 7:47 and 1 Pet 4:8 charity covers a multitude of sins!

 

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

(Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV)

 

We are saved by faith alone but we are saved so we can carry out the good works that God has assigned to us. One of those works is the command to love others. Most of the Bible is not intended to show us how to be saved but to show those who are saved how they are to live.

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But is not forgiveness and mercy the same?
No! The Greek word for "forgiveness" is ἄφεσις. The Greek word for "mercy" is ἔλεος. You are confusing the act of being forgiven with the reason for being forgiven, namely mercy.

 

Edited by Origen
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Where did you find that in the Bible? And what about charity and the forgiveness of sins? Luke 7:47 and 1 Pet 4:8 charity covers a multitude of sins!

 

The Lord's Prayer as one location. Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.

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