The Love of God
John Stott: It cannot be emphasized too strongly that God’s love is the source, not the consequence, of the atonement. God does not love us because Christ died for us; Christ died for us because God loved us.
1 John 4:9-12
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 for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
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