Reformed Baptist Fellowship

Strokes of art cannot depict the King in all His glory

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on July 12, 2012 at 6:11 am

“It is the eye of faith alone that can see the King in his beauty. What else can contemplate on the uncreated glories of his divine nature? Can the hand of man represent the union of his natures in the same person, wherein he is peculiarly amiable? What eye can discern the mutual communications of the properties of his different natures in the same person, which depends thereon, whence it is said that God laid down his life for us, and purchased his church with his own blood? In these things, O vain man! doth the loveliness of the person of Christ unto the souls of believers consist, and not in those strokes of art which fancy hath guided a skilful hand and pencil unto. And what eye of flesh can discern the inhabitation of the Spirit in all fullness in the human nature? Can his condescension, his love, his grace, his power, his compassion, his offices, his fitness and ability to save sinners, be deciphered on a tablet, or engraven on wood or stone? However such pictures may be adorned, however beautified and enriched, they are not that Christ which the soul of the spouse doth love;–they are not any means of representing his love unto us, or of conveying our love unto him;–they only divert the minds of superstitious persons from the Son of God, unto the embraces of a cloud, composed of fancy and imagination.” (John Owen, “A Declaration of the Glorious Mystery of the Person of Christ” in The Works of John Owen, Volume I, 160)

  1. I agree with JO.

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