Friday, March 10, 2017
Key Bible Verse: No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. (John 1:18, NIV)
Dig Deeper: John 1:1-18
The idea that God creates images of himself makes sense, given who he is. God’s own existence is an existence in which he eternally reflects himself. The Son reflects the Father: he is “the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature” (Heb. 1:3, ESV et al.). The possibility of God’s reflecting himself in another is established by the way in which the being of the Father is eternally reflected in his Son.
The Son is the image of the Father. This is why it was fitting for him to be the one who came as a man to reveal the Father. Because of who he is in eternity, he becomes who he is in time. The eternal radiance of God’s glory becomes the one who reveals his glory in history, who says as he approaches his death, “Glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you” (John 17:1).
It was when God became man that the Holy Spirit was most able to describe God by using human language. In the incarnation, God the Son himself has his own human nature, making him eligible for the most creaturely and human descriptions. Now he has soul and flesh and blood. Now he has hunger and tears. And now he has death itself.
– Garry J. Williams in His Love Endures Forever
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