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as created after God's Image, and finally perfect in Christ, in so much as He is the express Image of God's Person. And these three do not stand loosely side by side, but



we may say


a climbing pyramid. surface, it ascends

Nature forms the broad ground

in the rich unfolding of human life, and reaches its liighest point in the Incarnation of the Eternal

Word. Christ is not clearly seen, nor understood apart from the knowledge of man, and man is not clearly seen and understood apart from a sympathetic touch upon unconscious .nature. Hence the faithful should always live under the deep impression of the majesty of God in nature. Believers must live the life of mankind, i. e. history, over again in themselves. Onlj^ thus can they obtain the clear, full, living impression of Christ, who reveals God to them in the riches of his grace.

In this way Almighty


began, and con-

tinues until now, the revelation of himself. First in unconscious nature. When this was ended, as a richer revelation of himself. He created man after


own image and

man had


And when

corrupted his way, and in part had worked out sin to its baneful end, as the richest revelation of himself, God sent his Son. These three links of the holy chain perfectly fit into one another. First there is the material world. In this world of matter man is created from dust. And in our flesh and blood comes the revelation of the Son of God, as man. The starting point here is, that God is invisible. In himself the Let us understand this well. 226

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1918

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 620 Pagina's

To be near unto God - pagina 230

Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1918

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 620 Pagina's

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