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THE IMAGE OF GOD

IN

MAN

245

Scripture never places the Father and the Holy Spirit in such

be.

would put the Son outside the greatest act man. And Scripture says: " Without Him was not anything made that was made"; and again: " Through Him are created all things in heaven and on earth." Hence this " Let Us "must be taken either as a plural of majesty, of which the Hebrew has not a single instance in the first person; or as spoken by the Triune God, the Three Persons mutually addressing each other or the Father addressing the two other Perrelation.

Moreover,

it

of creation, viz., the creation of

;

sons.

A third is impossible.

Supposing that the Three Persons address each other the image can not refer to the Son, because, speaking of His own, He can not say, " Our image," without including the other Persons. Or sup;

pose that the Father speaks to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

even then it can not refer to the image of the Son, since He is the Father's image and not that of the Holy Spirit. In whatever sense it be taken, this view is untenable, outside the analogy of Scripture, and inconsistent with the correct interpretation of Gen. i. 26. To put it comprehensively If the divine image refers to the Christ, it must be that of the Eternal Son, or of the Mediator, or of Christ in the flesh. These three are equally impossible. First, the Son is Himself engaged in the creative work. Second, without sin there is no need of a Mediator. Third, Scripture teaches that the Son became flesh after our image, but never that in the creation we became flesh after His image. The notion that the divine image refers to Christ's righteousness and holiness, implying that Adam was created in extraneous righteousness, confounds the righteousness of Christ which we embrace by faith and which did not exist when Adam was created, and the original, eternal righteousness of God the Son. It is true that David embraced the imputed righteousness, altho it existed not in his day, but David was a sinner and Adam before the fall was not. He was created without sin hence the divine image can not refer to the :

;

righteousness of Christ, revealed only in relation In our present sad condition,

even now we

lie in

our

life

But we add

:

Blessed be God,

it

a*

shaV.

With our last breath we die wholly to sin, and in we shall be like Him ; hence in the etprna] shall be no more without us, but in us.

so.

the resurrection morning felicity

to sin.

confess unconditionally thai

the midst of death, and have our life outside

ourselves in Christ alone.

not always be

we

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

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The work of the Holy Spirit - pagina 285

Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 704 Pagina's

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