Excerpt from The Ladies' Repository, Vol. 30: A Monthly Periodical, Devoted to Literature and Religion; January-June, 1870
Hat is a sublime introduction with which the Apostle John opens the history of his divine Master. The very first words place the being he is about to describe at the very sum mit of the wonderful claims he means to make for his nature and mission. In the beginning was the Logos, who was with God, and was God, and who was the eternal companion of God. He was the Life manifested for the life of the world. He was the Light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was the Son of God, able to give to every one who would receive him power to become a son of God. He was the Revealer of God, for no man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared Him. This is John's claim for the Lord of whom he writes. He is the Revealer of God; he it isthat makes known to us the invisible God. The law was given by Moses that is, many things and elements in the Divine nature and character were manifested by Moses, such as his greatness, his majesty, his power, and his holiness; but grace and truth, that is, the compassion, the mercy, the forgiveness, the full wonderful character of God, came to our knowl edge by Jesus Christ. No man hath seen God, the blessed, the glorious, the invisible God; but the only begotten Son dwelling in his bosom, partaking of his nature, and fully knowing the Infinite Father, hath made him known. God is a spirit, and they that wor ship him must worship him in spirit and in truth for no man hath Seen him or can see him. Therefore we must worship him spirit ually, as an unseen God, but variously mani fested to us; so that we know him though we see him not, and believe that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him, though we hear not his voice.
From what we know of the Infinite One, we are ready to accept the repeated statement of the Scriptures that' God hath not been seen at any time; that to mortal eye the Almighty has never shown himself. Thou art a God that hidest thyself, says David. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. No man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father, so claims the Savior. And St. Paul styles him the King eternal, immortal, invisible, and the blessed and only Potentate, King of kings, and Lord of lords, who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen or can see.
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