Friday, June 27, 2014
he comes not as a stranger
"The Christ who appears on earth in the fulness of time is therefore, according to the account which Holy Scriptures gives of Him, not a man as other men are, not a founder of a religion and a preacher of a new moral law. His position is unique. He was from eternity as the only-begotten of the Father. He was the Creator, Sustainer, and Governor of all things. In Him is the life and the light of men. When He appears in the world, He comes to it not as a stranger, but as its Lord, as one who is related to it. The redemption or re-creation is related to the creation, grace to nature, the work of the Son to the work of the Father. Redemption is built on foundations laid in creation."
(Herman Bavinck, Our Reasonable Faith, p. 283)