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but also among the redeemed. In Christ has come to us a knowledge of God's name and being, such as has never been known outside of him, but Bethlehem as well as Golgotha

tures,

there

find their cause alone in the salvation of sinners. Even the knowledge of the Almighty power of God has been greatly enriched by sin. Does not the apostle say that the "exceeding greatness of his power, according to the mighty working of his strength (Eph. 1:19) was only revealed to us in the resurrection of Christ and in the regeneration of believers." In the re-creation there was a greater exhibition of majesty and of almighty power than in the creation. In causing

Christ to rise from the dead there was a mightier unfolding of Divine strength than in the first call from nothing into being. But there would have been no resurrection without death, and no recreation without fall, and since both fall and death find their starting point in sin alone, this higher revelation of the Almighty power of God, which shows itself in resurrection and in re-creation would never have come to us in this way, had we not sinned. And in order to get the full meaning of what this implies we must go down still one step more, and come to acknowledge, that in the hand of God sin becomes the means to heighten, and make more clear, our inner perception of the holiness of God.

Of course they who in their unconverted state walk in the way of sin, are here left out of

still

We only speak in this connection of the redeemed, of those who have found eternal life itself in knowing God. And how did the history count.

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

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To be near unto God - pagina 279

Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 628 Pagina's

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