The work of the Holy Spirit - pagina 260

Bron: Abraham Kuyper Collection
Datum: maandag 1 januari 1900
Auteur: Abraham Kuyper
Pagina: 260




the very impress of his being.




be in pencil,

painting, or by photography, a symbol, an idea, or statue,

always the concentration of the essential features of


idea is


an image which concentrates those features upon the

of the mind i a statue in marble or bronze,


it is

or thing. field

but regardless of

form or manner of expression, the essential image is such a concentration of the several features of the object that


represents the

This fixed and definite significance of an image must not be lost sight of. The image may be imperfect, yet as long as the object is recognized in it, even tho the memory must supply object to the mind.

the possible lack,


remains an image.

an important observation The fact that we can recognize a person from a fragmentary picture proves the existence of a soul-picture of that person, i.e., an image photographed through the eye upon the soul. This image, occupying the imagination, enables us mentally to see him even in his absence and


this leads to


without his picture. How is such image obtained? We do not make it, but the person himself, who while we look at him draws it upon the retina, thus putting it into our soul. In photography it is not the artist, nor his apparatus, but the features of our

own countenance which



witchery draw our image upon the negative plate. In the same manner the person receiving our image is passive, while we putHence in deepest sense each of us ting it into his soul are active.

image in or upon his face, and puts it into the human upon the artist's plate. This image consists of features which, concentrated, form that peculiar expression which, shows one's individuality. A man forms his own shadow upon a wall As often as we cause the impress after his own image and likeness. of our being to appear externally, we make it after our own image and likeness. Returning, after these preliminary remarks, to Gen. i. 27, we notice the difference between (i) the divine image after which we are created, and (2) the image which consequently became visible in The image after which God made man is one, and X\isX fixed in us. The first is God's image after which we are creus quite another. Ta prevent confusion, the ated, the other the image created in us. two must be kept distinct. The former existed before the latter, carries his own

soul or



It is


God have

not strange that

man after it? many have thought that



image and