I am slowly making my way through The Glory Of Christ: His Office and Grace, by John Owen (the only way I can work through Owen is slowly!). From last night’s reading, this beautiful reflection.
Whatever obscure, imperfect notions we may have of them other ways, we cannot have the light of the illuminating, irradiating knowledge of the glory of God, which may enlighten our minds and sanctify our hearts, but only “in the face” or person “of Jesus Christ:” for he is the image of God (2 Cor. 4:4-6); the brightness of the Father’s glory, and the express image of his person (Heb. 1:3); the image of the invisible God (Col. 1:15)….
This is the original glory of Christ, given him by his Father, and which by faith we may behold. He, and he alone, declares, represents, and makes known, to angels and men, the essential glory of the invisible God, his attributes and his will; without which, a perpetual comparative darkness would have been on the whole creation, especially that part of it here below.
This is the foundation of our religion, the Rock on which the church is built, the ground of all our hopes of salvation, of life and immortality: all is resolved into this, namely, the representation that is made of the nature and will of God in the person and office of Christ. If this fail us, we are lost for ever; if this Rock stand firm, the church is safe here, and shall be triumphant hereafter. In this, then, is the Lord Christ exceedingly glorious. (p. 54-55)
Amen and Amen!