Baptists have a hard time grasping how God might be God not only to a believer but also to his children. But a human analogy is readily at hand: Suppose I have a faithful friend who has helped me out of various difficulties, protected me when I was under threat, defended me against slanders, lent money and assistance when I needed it. Now, what is that friend's attitude going to be toward my children? Suppose my son gets into financial difficulty and I am unable to help him. Can I reasonably expect my old friend to assist my son? Of course. That's what friends do.
God shows His lovingkindness from generation to generation because he is a "family friend."
posted by Peter J. Leithart on Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 11:16 AM
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