Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Owen: with our eyes

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
    Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
    —1 Corinthians 13:12 (NIV)
    Christ himself, in his own person, with all his glory, shall be continually with us, before us, proposed unto us. We shall no longer have an image, a representation of him, such as is the delineation of his glory in the Gospel . We “shall see him,” saith the apostle, “face to face...” “We shall see him as he is,” not as now, in an imperfect description of him...
    There will be use herein of our bodily eyes... That corporeal sense shall not be restored unto us, and that glorified above what we can conceive, but for this great use of the eternal beholding of Christ and his glory... It is not, therefore, the mere human nature of Christ that is the object of it, but his divine person, as that nature subsisteth therein... In the immediate beholding of the person of Christ, we shall see a glory in it a thousand times above what here we can conceive.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683), The Glory of Christ [1684, 1691], in Works of John Owen, v. I, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1850, p. 378-379 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 13:12; Job 19:25; Matt. 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36; John 1:14; 7:39; 12:23; 13:31-32; 1 John 3:2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may that day come soon when I will know You as I am known.
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