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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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Faith alone?

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If justification is by faith alone then why does Paul say 3 things are eternal? And the greatest of these is charity? Would not faith be the greatest? Mark

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We need to exercise faith in order to be saved but it was God's love that made salvation possible. God's work in providing salvation is greater than our act of receiving it.

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So for us only faith? Not all three? Faith Hope and charity, what about and Det 6:4 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart? what about Jesus in the Gospel said, she is forgiven much because she has LOVED much? Luke 7:57 and 1 Peter 4:8 charity covers a multitude of sins?

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So for us only faith? Not all three? Faith Hope and charity, what about and Det 6:4 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart? what about Jesus in the Gospel said, she is forgiven much because she has LOVED much? Luke 7:57 and 1 Peter 4:8 charity covers a multitude of sins?

 

It is faith that saves us and it will produce hope and love in us. Jesus told the others that the woman was forgiven much because she loved much but he told her that he faith had saved her. She was saved by faith and that faith produced love which she demonstrated by her actions. When he spoke to others about her he pointed to her love because they could see that in her actions. Her love was not the means of her salvation but the evidence of it.

 

You indicate that you are a Christian. Just how did you become a Christian?

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Charity is an attribute.

Faith is the evidence of things not seen.

So if you express Faith it shows what you are a part of.

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If justification is by faith alone then why does Paul say 3 things are eternal? And the greatest of these is charity? Would not faith be the greatest? Mark

 

First, you need to understand the context of what Paul is discussing in 1 Corinthians 13. He is speaking specifically to the elect in Corinth and how they relate and deal with each other as well as the world. This is not the Gospel message, this is a practical/theological message on how we should conduct our lives. In our daily living, and in how we treat others, we should be guided by love.

 

Another way to look at this as well is this, without love, the love of God, there would be no justification by faith, he would give us our just punishment.

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