Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The Perpetual Love of God

"But a question is put, How did Christ die for friends since we 'were his enemies, before he reconciled us', (Romans 5:10) for, by expiating our sins through the sacrifice of his death, he destroyed the enmity that was between God and us? The answer to this question will be found under the third chapter [of John], where we said that, in reference to us, there is a state of variance between us and God, till our sins are blotted out by the death of Christ; but that the cause of this grace, which has been manifested in Christ, was the perpetual love of God, with which he loved even those who were his enemies."

- John Calvin, Commentary on John 15:13

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