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OF DIVINE RECONCILING LOVE.
1. Of the Patience and Hope of Love in Sufferings and Death,
II. Of Eternal Life, the Last Judgment, and the Victory of Love,
OF PRIMARY LOVE, OR OF GOD AND THE DIVINE IMAGE IN
WHICH MAN WAS CREATED.
OD is love; he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God,
and God in him; every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God : for God is love (1 John iv.
7-16; comp. John xiv. 20-24 and xv. 9-12) All the propositions concerning the nature and attributes of God usually explained after long preliminary discussions in theological manuals, with abstract and often merely negative prolixity, are summed up by the apostle in the great saying, God is love, in one living, all-comprising, all-producing idea by which every one who has known and experienced anything of the living power of love—and what human being has not ?may know God, and know not only that He is, but also what He is (1 John iv. 7). It becomes evangelical theology to start, not from definitions of its own invention, but from an idea of God given in Holy Scripture, and that not by some prophet of the Old Covenant, but by the apostle and great prophet of the New Testament, by that bosom disciple of Him who is in the bosom of the Father, of the only-begotten Son, who has declared unto us what no eye has seen and no ear heard of God (John i. 18). God is love; this apothegm of the Holy Ghost, in which all theology is enclosed, comes from the