Trace out a biblical theology of God’s people through the Bible’s covenantal storyline. You’ll discover that one of God’s purposes for His special people is to model what He expects of all people. God commands everyone made in His image to love Him and their neighbor. But He especially employs His church to exemplify such love. But that’s not all. The church is where humanity—or a new humanity—begins to love its enemies, just as Christ loved us. Think about it. We were all wannabe kings in the flesh. Which means, yes, our fellow church members are our natural-born enemies, so it’s inside the church that we practice loving our former enemies.