I love the old writers–the ones who have been dead for centuries but are actually more alive than ever before. They would dig deep into the gold mines of Scripture (they probably didn’t have TV and social media to take them away from these mines). In his Meditations and Discourses on the Glory of Christ, John Owen highlights that Jesus’ glory is grounded in the fact and reality that He accurately, perfectly represented God to His creation–His fallen, sinful creation. This representation, being God Himself while also being the Son of Man, perfectly portrayed God–in His love, grace, mercy, but also in His justice, holiness, and righteousness. Here is the quote from Owen:
“This is the foundation of our religion, the Rock whereon 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 fails us, we are lost forever; if this Rock stand firm, the church is safe here, and shall be triumphant hereafter.” (Page 25)
If we want to know God, we have to look at Jesus’ life and study Him very carefully. He is not only the perfect representation of who God is–of His nature and will–but Jesus is also the only way to God.
Author of “An Unfathomable Gift!“