Thursday, July 1, 2010

The gospel as a telescope

The shadow or image of this glory of Christ is drawn for us in the gospel. There we behold him as if we were seeing him only in a mirror. We see only his image or representation. By using this picture of looking into a mirror, Paul declares the comparative imperfection of our present view of the glory of Christ. But this glass which Paul talks about, could also refer to something like a telescope by which we are able to see things more clearly which are at a great distance from us. The gospel functions in this way. Without it we could never know anything of Christ at all.(Law, R. J. K. The Glory of Christ. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1994. p100, emphasis mine)

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