Does God love or hate the Elect before conversion?

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Puritan Board Freshman
So I had an interesting question brought to me that I never thought about.

Psalm 5:5 says that God hates all who work iniquity.

Romans 5:8 says that God demonstrates his own love towards us, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

My question is, does God hate or love his elect before conversion? Or if it's both in some sense, how would I reconcile this?

Reformed Baptist


Pilgrim, Alien, Stranger
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God loves his elect in Christ from all eternity. And, he is historically at enmity with us, even who are his elect, as long as we are in Adam.

Reckoning with God-in-covenant is absolutely critical to understanding the first thing about our relationship to him.
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