Quotable quotes

Today I am beginning a series of quotes from books I am reading or have read. They stood out because of their power to summarise or zoom in; their poetry, strength or arresting beauty. Sometimes just because they arrest.

pencils-2They caused me to pick up my pencil and leave some lead on the page. This liberty with a pencil is relatively new to me. Being less precious about the book has allowed me to me more precious with what the book is saying. I’m glad for that.

Recently got a kindle and have used the highlighting feature with equal abandon – colours aplenty.

From The Mystery of God: Theology for Knowing the Unknowable by Stephen D. Boyer & Christopher A. Hall  Baker Academic 2012  Page 78

The quote

We noted a few pages back that “image of God” is a phrase that is given maddeningly little formal definition in Scripture. This is true – except that when we examine the New Testament testimony, the christological and incarnational focus of the imago is striking. Paul preaches to the Corinthian Christians about “the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor. 4:4), and he tells the Colossians that it is Christ who “is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation” (Col. 1:15). Christ, the image of God, is the Word made flesh (John 1:14), “the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father” (John 1:18 NASB), the eternal Son who has created all things (Col. 1:16). The Letter to the Hebrews states that the Son “is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word” (Heb. 1:3). We may want to know what the obscure language of imago Dei really refers to, but the New Testament does not define it. Instead, it points to where we can see the imago in action: we must turn our eyes to Jesus Christ. To look closely at Christ is to see at last what a real human being looks like.