In this video, Michael S. Horton explains how our status as enemies of God changes our understanding of his love for us.
The following is a lightly edited transcript; please check the video for accuracy.
I love Jesus because he first loved me. That is the love that defines, really, what friendship is all about. While I was dead in trespasses and sins, while I was an enemy, Scripture says he loved me and gave himself for me. Some people might die for a good person, Paul says in Romans 5. But what’s really amazing is that in the gospel, God loved us while we were enemies and that is enough to really turn a cold heart into putty when it comes to a relationship with God.
Who would not want a relationship with a God who so loved the world that he gave, even while those he was giving to were enemies?