Virtue cannot exist without someone to possess it, and the greatest virtue of love has no beginning or end. Love could not originate by accident or be necessitated by mere survival instinct, then love would cease to be a choice of free will and thus cease to be love. Nothing deserves worship other than One, who is the virtue of love. Love must be the utmost character and identity of the One, who is to be worshiped. There is no other message greater or more sublime than this message that the One, who is love, is God, and that He came in the flesh to redeem all people from the selfish disregard of God, who is love, and from the neglect of loving one another. People would be and are conceited and arrogant to think that they can understand love without God and without His Son as though love originated from humankind.
“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation [appeasement] for our sins” (1 John 4:8-10, ESV).
No other religion can make this claim. No philosophy can teach a system of morality with a greater motivation. The Faith of Jesus Christ has set more than a system of morality, but has presented the greatest motive and most compelling message than any moral system. The Christian Faith in its purity continues to proclaim forever God, who is love, and who came in the flesh to die for everyone (John 1:1, 1:14). In the flesh, Jesus Christ died and conquered death by His resurrection. There is no greater motivation than the greatest love, which is for one to die for another.
Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13, ESV). Christ’s Spirit said, “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers” (1 John 3:16).
The Spirit of Christ speaks through the Apostle Paul saying,
“For the love of Christ compels us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised” (2 Cor. 5:14-15).
Jesus’ act of love in the death, burial, and resurrection is the Gospel by which believers stand and are saved (1 Cor. 15:1-4). The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Rom. 1:16, 1 Cor. 1:18). Without Jesus, all people are dead in their trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1-3). Believers are saved by grace and made alive in Christ when one has been raised with Christ (Eph. 2:4-7). Believers are not saved by their own works, but this salvation is God’s work (Eph. 2:8-10). Since believers are saved by grace when each has been resurrected with Christ, each believer must first die with Christ and be buried with Christ to be raised with Christ (Rom. 6:4-6, Col. 2:12-13). The believers who are raised with Christ walking in the newness of life form the Church of Christ and they identified by their love for God and to one another (Matt. 16:18, John 13:35, Acts 20:28, 1 Pet. 2:9, 1 John 5:1-3).
Christ’s Spirit spoke through the Apostle Paul declaring,
“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin” (Romans 6:4-6, ESV).
Jesus said, “I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins” (John 8:24).
As Jesus said, He is the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25). He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no one comes to the Father except by Him (1 John 14:6). His words are spirit and life (John 6:63). Jesus is perfectly sinless from His words to His life’s example (Heb. 4:15, 1 Pet. 2:22). With His words and example being perfect, all believers turn to the only records of Christ’s life and words in the written Gospels. Jesus said that He gave His words to the Apostles and that those who listen to Him will listen to the Apostles (John 15:20, 17:8, 20-21). For Christ sent His Spirit to guide His Apostles unto all Truth (John 14:26, 16:12-13). The writings of the Apostles and prophets of Christ present this greatest and most sublime message of Christ, and these writings make up the whole of the Christian Scriptures that were written by the guidance of the Spirit of Christ (Eph. 3:3-5, 2 Pet. 1:19-21, 3:15-16). These writings are to make one complete unto every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17). This is the greatest and most sublime message, the Gospel of Christ.