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CHAPTER III. ON THE ESSENTIAL MEANS OF ACQUAINTANCE WITH GOD.
Before you proceed to any subordinate methods of forming and
maintaining this acquaintance, there are two fundamental truths
which must be deeply fixed in your mind, and continually
remembered. The first is this: Acquaintance With God Must Be
ComMenced AND CARRIED ON THROUGH THE MEDIATION Of Christ. Your
acquaintance is to be with God in Christ. It is true, that in the
works of creation his existence and glory are manifested, and some
acquaintance may be gained through them. His invisible power and
Godhead are so clearly reflected from the works which he has made,
and visible in them, that his eternal and underived existence, his
omnipotence, and other perfections, must be known from the beauty,
excellency, variety, and immensity of his creatures, by all
intelligent beings, except as their minds are debased and alienated
from him by sin. For "that which may be known of God, is manifest
in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things
of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being
understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and
Godhead." Rom. 1: 19, 20. But all the knowledge we can attain of
God's perfections, works, or glory, which will tend to our
salvation, is only through Christ. The following passages confirm
this important truth: " No man hath seen God at any time; the only
begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared
him." John 1: 18. " If ye had known me, ye should have known my
Father also; and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth
us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and
yet hast thou not known me, Philip ? He that hath s...
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