To Love Is Life.
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"If i speak with the Tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, i have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if i have the Gift Of Prophecy, and know all Mysteries and all Knowledge; and if i have all Faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, i am nothing. And if i give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if i deliver my body that i may boast, but do not have love, it profits me nothing..." 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.
What Paul says in these three verses is, if i have any of The Gifts; Tongues, Prophecy, Knowledge,... if i know all Mysteries, have been Strengthened in faith, all of which cannot possibly be apart from GOD; By HIS HOLY SPIRIT just as it was with Paul, and so it is no different for us all, as The Scriptures Say,
"Now there are Varieties Of Gifts, but The Same SPIRIT. And there are Varieties Of Ministries, and The Same LORD. And there are Varieties Of Effects, but The Same GOD WHO Works All Things In All persons. But To each one Is Given The Manifestation Of The SPIRIT For the common Good. For to one is Given The Word Of Wisdom Through The SPIRIT, and to another The Word Of Knowledge According To The Same SPIRIT; to another Faith By The Same SPIRIT, and to another Gifts Of Healing By The ONE SPIRIT, and to another the Effecting Of Miracles, and to another Prophecy, and to another the Distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of Tongues, and to another the Interpretation of Tongues. But ONE And The Same SPIRIT Works All These Things, Distributing To each one individually Just As HE Wills." 1 Corinthians 12:4-11.
but if i do not have Love, then at the end of it all i am nothing but a wailing, hollow vessel, i am nothing, nobody, nought, i am useful for nothing, and it benefits me nought.
Then in verses 4-7 of 1 Corinthians 13 Paul writes of what means to Love, what Is Love. And this is The Love Which Is the fulfillment of The Law, and nothing short of it. In the place where the word Love is, read The Name Of JESUS, HE WHOM all who will believe in HIS Name are Predestined , ( meaning Preordained Irrevocably because It Is Of The MOST HIGH, there being no other way to The FATHER; John 14:6 ), to be conformed to The Image Of ( Romans 8:29, 1 Corinthians 2:16, 1 Corinthians 11:1, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 3:14-19, Ephesians 4:13, Ephesians 5:1-2, Philippians 2:1-5, Colossians 1:26-29, Colossians 2:1-7, James 1:13, 1 John 2:6 ),
"Love Is Patient, Love Is Kind, and is not jealous; Love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; It does not seek Its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong, does not rejoice with unrighteousness, but rejoices with The Truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things..." 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.
Then is said at the beginning of verse 8 of 1 Corinthians 13, "Love never fails;..." ;Love will not fall away, Love will not become wasteful, Love is not unable to produce the desired result, Love will be Forever; Love is the fulfillment of The Law ( Matthew 22:37-40, Romans 13:8-10, Galatians 5:14 ).
As The LORD JESUS CHRIST Says, Written in Matthew 5:17-18, "Do not think that I Came to abolish The Law or The Prophets; I did not Come to abolish, but To Fulfill ( Complete ). "For Truly I Say To you, until Heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest Letter or Stroke shall pass away from The Law, until All Is Accomplished."
"But now apart from The Law The Righteousness Of GOD Has Been Manifested, being witnessed by The Law And the Prophets, even The Righteousness Of GOD through faith in JESUS CHRIST for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of The Glory Of GOD, being Justified as A Gift By HIS Grace Through The Redemption Which Is In CHRIST JESUS; WHOM GOD Displayed publicly as A Propitiation In HIS Blood Through faith. This was to demonstrate HIS Righteousness, because In The Forebearance Of GOD HE Passed over the sins previously commited; for the demonstration of HIS Righteousness at the present time, that HE might be Just And The Justifier Of the one who has faith in JESUS. Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of Law? Of works? No, but By a Law Of faith... ...Do we then nullify The Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish The Law." Romans 3:21-27 & v31.
"Whoever believes that JESUS Is The CHRIST Is born Of GOD; and whoever loves The FATHER loves the child born Of HIM. By this we know that we love the children Of GOD, when we love GOD and observe HIS Commandments. For this is The Love Of GOD, that we keep HIS Commandments; and HIS Commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born Of GOD overcomes the world; and this is The Victory That Has Overcome the world - our faith." 1 John 5:1-4.
If we are walking in The Truth, then the Apostles will be to us as they are, true Apostles; Apostles By The Will Of GOD ( 1 Corinthians 1:1, 2 Corinthians 1:1, Ephesians 1:1, Colossians 1:1, 1 Timothy 1:1, 2 Timothy 1:1 ) and not by the agency of man ( Galatians 1:1 ). And this means that we will hear their words because we have Received a faith of the same kind as theirs, By The Righteousness Of our GOD And SAVIOUR; JESUS CHRIST ( 2 Peter 1:1 ). Their Words, their teaching being what we are to be devoted to ( Acts 2:42 ) these being The Sound Words; The Doctrine Conforming To godliness ( 1 Timothy 6:3 ), Those Of our LORD JESUS CHRIST: The LORD our Righteousness, in WHOM by The faith we abide, we continue in; fulfill The Law, though not being under The Law; established in Love.
"For you were Called To Freedom, Brethren; only do not turn your Freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through Love serve one another.For the whole Law Is Fulfilled in One Word, in The Statement, "You shall love your neighbour as yourself." But if you bite and devour one another, take care lest you be consumed by one another..." Galatians 5:13-15.
If we oppose and frustrate one another, hinder one another, anything whatsoever contrary to CHRIST, we devour, then we shall be destroyed by one another in our walking according to the flesh, and not By The SPIRIT; through Love serving one another.
"By This Is MY FATHER Glorified, that you bear much Fruit, and so prove to be MY Disciples. "Just As The FATHER Has Loved ME, I Have Also Loved you; abide in MY Love. "If you keep MY Commandments, you Will Abide In MY Love; Just As I Have Kept MY FATHER'S Commandments, And Abide In HIS Love. "These Things I Have Spoken To you, that MY Joy May Be In you, and that your joy may Be Made Full. "This Is MY Commandment, that you love one another, Just As I Have Loved you. "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. "You are MY friends, if you do What I Command you..." John 15:8-14.
Verses 10 & 14 of John 15, the subordinating; authoritative word ' If '. Obedience of faith. Through faith in The Author And Perfecter Of faith, The LORD JESUS, The Love Of GOD Is Poured out within our hearts through The HOLY SPIRIT ( Romans 5:5 ). By This Love, Love Perfected, we will not sin.
"See how Great A Love The FATHER Has Bestowed Upon us, that we should be Called children Of GOD; and such we are. For This Reason the world does not know us, because it did not know HIM. Beloved, now we are children Of GOD, and it has not Appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when HE Appears, we shall be like HIM, because we shall see HIM Just As HE Is. And everyone who has This Hope fixed on HIM purifies himself, Just As HE Is Pure ( Titus 1:15-16 ). Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness ( Matthew 7:21-27 ). And you know that HE Appeared in order to Take Away sins; And In HIM there is no sin. No one who abides in HIM sins; no one who sins has seen HIM or knows HIM. Little children, let no one deceive you; the one who practices righteousness is Righteous, Just As HE Is Righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning ( Isaiah 14:12-17... ) The SON Of GOD Appeared For This Purpose, that HE might Destroy the works of the devil ( John 14:30-31 ). No one who is born Of GOD practices sin, because HIS Seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born Of GOD. By this the children Of GOD and the children of the devil are obvious; anyone who does not practice righteousness is not Of GOD, nor the one who does not love his Brother. For this is The Message Which you have heard from The Beginning, that we should love one another;... 1 John 3:1-11.
This Is The Truth. It has to be Truth; It Is The Word Of GOD. What do you perceive to be truth? If this all sounds impossible to attain to, then you see It how It Is. We hold nothing within ourselves, that is, our flesh, that we may attain to this Perfection. Yet The LORD Says, Written in Matthew 5:48, "Therefore you are to be perfect, As your Heavenly FATHER Is Perfect."
It All Comes By Grace through faith in JESUS CHRIST. It Is The SPIRIT WHO Gives Life; the flesh profits nothing ( John 6:63 ). If we love The LORD our GOD with all our heart and all our soul and all our mind, we cannot sin against HIM. All thoughts and intentions come from the heart! And if we cannot sin against GOD because we love HIM, then we love with The Love Of CHRIST; The LORD our Righteousness. Thus The Law is fulfilled By GOD'S Work in you. GOD'S Manifold Grace!
"If you love ME, you will keep MY Commandments..." John 14:15.
"If you keep MY Commandments, you Will Abide In MY Love; Just As I Have Kept MY FATHER'S Commandments And Abide In HIS Love. "These Things I Have Spoken To you, that MY Joy May Be In you, and that your joy may Be Made Full..." John 15:10-11.
..."By This, love Is Perfected with us, that we may have confidence in The Day Of Judgement; because As HE Is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in Love; but Perfect Love Casts Out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not Perfected In Love..." 1 John 4:17-18.
"He who believes in The SON Has Eternal Life; but he who does not obey The SON shall not see Life, but The Wrath Of GOD Abides On him." John 3:36.
The Sanctifying Work Of The HOLY SPIRIT that we may obey JESUS CHRIST and have The Forgivness of sins: Grace And Peace In Fullest Measure ( 1 Peter 1:2 ).
..."For no man can lay a foundation other than The One Which Is Laid, Which Is JESUS CHRIST..." 1 Corinthians 3:11.
"Know therefore that The LORD your GOD, HE Is GOD, The Faithful GOD. WHO Keeps HIS Covenant And HIS Lovingkindness To a thousandth generation With those who love HIM and keep HIS Commandments;..." Deuteronomy 7:9.
What means, 'Saved By Grace through faith in JESUS CHRIST', to you?
"Simeon Peter, a bond-servant and Apostle Of JESUS CHRIST to those who have Received a faith of the same kind as ours, By The Righteousness Of our GOD And SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST: Grace And Peace Be Multiplied To you In The Knowledge Of GOD And Of JESUS our LORD; seeing that HIS Divine Power Has Granted To us Everything Pertaining To Life And godliness, Through The True Knowledge Of HIM WHO Called us By HIS Own Glory And Excellence. For By These HE Has Granted To us HIS Precious And Magnificent Promises, in order that By Them you might become Partakers of The Divine Nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust ( desire, longing for what is forbidden ). Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply Moral Excellence, and in Moral Excellence, Knowledge; and in Knowledge, Self-Control, and in Self-Control, Perseverance, and in Perseverance, godliness; and in godliness, Brotherly Kindness, and in Brotherly Kindness, Love. For if these are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in The True Knowledge Of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. For he who lacks these is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his Purification from his former sins. Therefore, Brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about HIS Calling And Choosing you; for as long as you practice ( do ) these things, you will never stumble; for In This Way The Entrance Into The Eternal Kingdom Of our LORD And SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST Will Be Abundantly Supplied To you." 2 Peter 1:1-11.
In verse 8, proceeding the essential qualities is the subordinating; authoritative word, 'If '. So if they are neither yours, nor increasing, then it must be understood that apart from repentance you are and shall be rendered useless and unfruitful. Then how can you stand before The LORD At HIS Appearing without shrinking back in shame, apart from repentance?
..."I Am The Vine, you are the branches; he who abides in ME, And I In him, he bears much Fruit; for apart from ME you can do nothing."If anyone does not abide in ME, he is thrown away as a branch, and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. "If you abide in ME, And MY Word Abides in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be Done For you. "By This Is MY FATHER Glorified, that you bear much Fruit, and so prove to be MY Disciples. "Just As The FATHER Has Loved ME, I Have Also Loved you; abide in MY Love. "If you keep MY Commandments, you will abide in MY Love; Just As I Have Kept MY FATHER'S Commandments, And Abide In HIS Love. "These things I Have Spoken To you, that MY Joy may Be In you, and that your joy may Be Made Full. "This Is MY Commandment, that you love one another, just as I Have Loved you..." John 15:5-12.
"Those who love THY Law Have Great Peace, And nothing causes them to stumble. I hope for THY Salvation, O LORD, And do THY Commandments..." Psalm 119:165-166.
Verse 9 of 2 Peter 1, and if any are lacking these essential qualities, then we are told that we are blind, short-sighted, and have forgotten our purification from former sins, meaning we are again walking according to the flesh. Because through The faith our inner man is renewed day by day ( 2 Corinthians 4:16 ). Through The faith that is in CHRIST JESUS we cannot stay the same; This is impossible. To believe otherwise denies GOD'S Word.
"For this reason, i bow my knees before The FATHER, From WHOM every family in Heaven and on earth Derives its name, that HE Would Grant you, According To The Riches Of HIS Glory, to be Strengthened With Power Through HIS SPIRIT in the inner man; so that CHRIST may Dwell In your hearts through faith; that you, being Rooted And Grounded In Love, may be able to comprehend with all the Saints what Is The Breadth And Length And Height And Depth, and to know The Love Of CHRIST Which Surpasses knowledge, that you may be Filled Up To All The Fulness Of GOD. Now to HIM WHO Is Able To Do Exceedingly Abundantly Beyond all that we ask or think, According To The Power That Works within us, To HIM Be The Glory in The Church And In CHRIST JESUS To all generations Forever And Ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:14-21.
The qualities Named in verses 5 -7 of 2 Peter 1 are those by which the practice of; the doing of, will enable us to never stumble; "for In This Way The Entrance Into The Eternal Kingdom Of our LORD And SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST Will Be Abundantly Supplied To you."
"For The Grace Of GOD Has Appeared, Bringing Salvation to all men, Instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for The Blessed Hope And The Appearing Of The Glory Of our Great GOD And SAVIOUR, CHRIST JESUS; WHO Gave HIMSELF For us, that HE might Redeem us from every lawless deed And Purify For HIMSELF a people for HIS Own Possession, zealous for Good deeds. These Things speak and exhort and reprove with all Authority. Let no one disregard you." Titus 2:11-15.
"Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. And everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we An Imperishable. Therefore i run in such a way, as not without aim; i box in such a way, as not beating the air; but i buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after i have preached to others, i myself should be disqualified." 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.
..."For This Is The Message Which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another;..." 1 John 3:11.
..."And This Commandment we have From HIM, that the one who loves GOD should love his Brother also." 1 John 4:21.
..."A New Commandment I Give To you, that you love one another, even as I Have Loved you, that you also love one another. "By this all men will know that you are MY Disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34-35.
..."Truly, truly, I Say To you, he who believes in ME, The Works That I Do Shall he do also; and Greater Works than These Shall he do; Because I Go To The FATHER. "And whatever you ask In MY Name, that Will I Do, That The FATHER may Be Glorified In The SON. "If you ask ME anything In MY Name, I Will Do It. "If you love ME, you will keep MY Commandments...." John 14:12-15.
"And we know that GOD Causes All things to work together for Good to those who love GOD, to those who are Called According to Purpose..." Romans 8:28.
..."Every tree that does not bear good Fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. "So then, you will know them by their Fruits. "Not everyone who says to ME, 'LORD, LORD,' will enter The Kingdom Of Heaven; but he who does The Will Of MY FATHER WHO Is In Heaven. "Many will say to ME on That Day, 'LORD, LORD, did we not Prophesy in YOUR Name, and in YOUR Name Cast out demons, and in YOUR Name Perform many Miracles?' "And then I Will Declare To them, "I never Knew you; Depart from ME, you who practice lawlessness.'..." Matthew 7:19-23.
..."And because lawlessness is increased, most peoples love will grow cold. "But the one who endures to The End, he shall be Saved..." Matthew 24:12-13.
"But now abide faith, hope, Love, these three; but The Greatest Of these Is Love." 1 Corinthians 13:13.
"Beloved, let us love one another, for Love Is From GOD; and everyone who Loves Is born Of GOD and knows GOD. The one who does not love does not know GOD, for GOD Is Love. By this The Love Of GOD Was Manifested in us, That GOD Has Sent HIS Only Begotten SON Into the world so that we might Live Through HIM. In This Is Love, not that we loved GOD, But That HE Loved us and Sent HIS SON To Be The Propitiation For our sins. Beloved, if GOD So Loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has beheld GOD at any time; if we Love one another, GOD Abides in us, and HIS Love Is Perfected in us. By This we know that we abide in HIM And HE In us, because HE Has Given us Of HIS SPIRIT..." 1 John 4:7-13.