What We’re Doing:
The Image of the Invisible God is a series of posts that I am currently working on. It will consist of 4 to 6 posts that will principally deal with the image of God in the person of Christ. Most, if not all of the quotes I will be using will be by John Owen. The inspiration for this series of posts comes from chapter 5, volume 1 of The Works of John Owen (Banner of Truth edition). Basically, I am taking what Owen said, spreading it out, and thinking through it here.
Here’s a Little Owen:
God, in his own essence, being, and existence, is absolutely incomprehensible. His nature being immense, and all his holy properties essentially infinite, no creature can directly or perfectly comprehend them, or any of them. He must be infinite that can perfectly comprehend that which is infinite; wherefore God is perfectly known unto himself only—but as for us, how little a portion is heard of him! Hence he is called “The invisible God,” and said to dwell in ” light inaccessible” The subsistence of his most single and simple nature in three distinct persons, though it raises and ennobles faith in its revelation, yet it amazeth reason which would trust to itself in the contemplation of it—whence men grow giddy who will own no other guide, and are carried out of the way of truth.” No man hath seen God at any time; the only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him:” John i. 18; 1 Tim. vi. 16.
Verses To Whet Our Appetites:
Gen 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;
Exo 20:4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
2Co 4:4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
Col 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
Heb 1:3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Heb 10:1 For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.
Till Part 1:
I hope you enjoy these posts as we work through them. Thank you in advance for your patience and any feedback you may have to offer.