The Greek word agape used here implies that self-giving love is meant: a love which does not ask What is there in it for me? But which seeks to give itself unselfishly to others. — Anthony Hoekema, Saved By Grace (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1989), 45.
The Scriptures teach that God saves us not as puppets but as persons, and that we must therefore be active in our salvation. The Bible, in a way which is deeply mysterious, combines God’s sovereignty with our responsibility in the process of our salvation. But we can only love him because he first loved us. To him therefore must be all the praise.
— Anthony Hoekema, Saved By Grace (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989), xi.
It was only because man had been created in the image of God that the Second Person of the Trinity could assume human nature.
—Anthony A. Hoekema, Created in God’s Image (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1986), 22.