Corinthians 13:2 ? ?now we see in a mirror, darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know fully even as also I was fully known.? Revelations 21:23 ? ?And the city hath no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine upon it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the lamp thereof is the Lamb? ? not light, but lamp. Light is something generally diffused; one sees by it but one cannot see it. Lamp is the narrowing down, the concentrating, the focusing of light, so that the light becomes definite and visible. So in heaven Christ will be the visible God. We shall never see the Father separate from Christ. No man or angel has at any time seen God, ?whom no man hath seen, nor can see.? ?The only begotten Son ... he hath declared him,? and he will forever declare him ( <430118>John 1:18; <540616>1 Timothy 6:16).
The ministers of the gospel in modern times, so far as they are joined to Christ and possessed by his spirit, have a right to call themselves prophets. The prophet is sent by God and is conscious of his mission with a message from God, which he is under compulsion to deliver. He has a message grounded in the truth of the past, setting it in new lights for the present and making new applications of it for the future. The word of the Lord must come to him, it must be his gospel, and there must be things new as well as old. All mathematics are in the simplest axiom but it needs divine illumination to discover them. All truth was in Jesus? words, nay, in the first prophecy uttered after the fall but only the apostles brought it out. The prophet?s message must be a message for the place and time, primarily for contemporaries and present needs and it is a message of eternal significance and worldwide influence. As the prophet?s word was for the whole world, so our word may be for other worlds, that ?unto the principalities and the powers in the heavenly places might be made known through the church the manifold wisdom of God? ( <490310>Ephesians 3:10). It must be also a message of the kingdom and triumph of Christ, which puts over against the distractions and calamities of the present time the glowing ideas and the perfect consummation to which God is leading his people: ?Blessed be the glory of Jehovah from his place?; ?Jehovah is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him? (Ezekial 3:12;
<350220> Habakkuk 2:20). On the whole subject of Christ?s prophetic office, see Philippi, Glaubenslehre, IV, 2:24-27; Bruce, Humiliation of Christ, 320-330; Shedd, Dogma.. Theol., 2:366-370.
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