4:32–5:2 as God . . . as Christ. Believers must extend to others the forgiveness and love God has extended to them. In the same way, because Israel was purchased from slavery in Egypt, they were to have a special regard for aliens, slaves, and the dispossessed in their own midst (Ex. 22:21; 23:9; Lev. 19:33, 34; Deut. 5:15). The same logic is found in Jesus’ new commandment: “as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34).