A passage from the Epistle to Diognetus
Tonight I came across this passage from the “Epistle to Diognetus”. I have often quoted a subsequent passage for Palm Sunday, but this preceding passage makes even clearer the great love of God for fallen man:
Having thus planned everything already in His mind with His Son, He permitted us during the former time to be borne along by disorderly impulses as we desired, led astray by pleasures and lusts, not at all because He took delight in our sins, but because He bore with us, not because He approved of the past season of iniquity, but because He was creating the present season of righteousness, that, being convicted in the past time by our own deeds as unworthy of life, we might now be made deserving by the goodness of God, and having made clear our inability to enter into the kingdom of God of ourselves, might be enabled by the ability of God.
Through His goodness we now can attain salvation, and through His strength we are now able to enter into His Kingdom.