No man would have any conception of belief in the Holy Trinity
unless God Himself had revealed this truth; so too, love for one’s
enemies would be incomprehensible unless Christ had manifested
it to the world at His death on the Cross. Christ prayed for His
enemies and gave His life for them in a definitive, eternal and
absolute fashion. What the Lord accomplished once and for all
through the power of His Spirit remains the perfect way of union
between man and God.
The commandment to love one’s enemies, and the New
Testament teaching about this love, do not merely manifest the
spirit of the New Testament as superior to that of the Old; they
also demonstrate the uniqueness of the truth revealed by God’s
incarnation. Christ’s death on the cross is the “folly” of God’s love
for His enemies, which clearly sets out the demarcation line
between what is true and eternal and what is human and deluded.