The Conflict of the Ages series by Ellen G. White begins and ends with the words “God is love.”2 God’s love is an eternal self-existent, inner-history of reciprocal love, where the three Persons of the Godhead love each other. “’God is love.’ 1 John 4:16. His nature, His law, is love. It ever has been; it ever will be. . . . Every manifestation of creative power is an expression of infinite love. The sovereignty of God involves fullness of blessing to all created beings.”3 The Godhead’s love overflowed into every created being, including Lucifer. All created beings were given freedom of choice. They reveled in a deepening love from the Godhead. This joyful experience imaged the reciprocal love in the Godhead: love to God and love for each other. God’s love knows no partiality (Mal. 2:9; Acts 10:34; Rom. 2:11; Col. 3:25; James 2:9; cf. Prov. 28:21). David said, “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.” (Ps. 145:8-9). At Calvary, Christ became the substitutionary sacrifice for all mankind (John 3:16-17), “a ransom for all” (1 Tim. 2:6a), dying for the sins of . . . “the whole world” (1 John 2:1b-2).

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