Herein consists the excellence of faith above all powers and acts of the soul – that it receives, assents unto, and rests in, things in their own nature are absolutely incomprehensible’. (50)
I shall only say, that those who are inconversant with these objects of faith – whose minds are not delighted in the admiration of, and acquiescency in, things incomprehensible, such as is that constitution of the person of Christ – who would reduce all things to the measure of their own understandings, or else willfully live in the neglect of what they cannot comprehend – do not much prepare themselves for that vision of these things in glory, wherein our blessedness doth consist. (52)
[We also teach] that we apprehend this one and only Christ – one Lord, only begotten – in two natures; [and we do this] without confusing the two natures, without transmuting one nature into the other, without transmuting one nature into the other, without dividing them into two separate categories, without contrasting them according to area or function. (Leith, Creeds of the Churches, 36)
Some would have all things that we are to believe to be levelled absolutely unto our reason and comprehension – a principle which, at this day, shakes the very foundations of the Christian religion. It is not sufficient, they say, to determine that the faith or knowledge of anything is necessary unto our obedience and salvation, that it seems to be fully and perspicuously in the Scripture – unless less the things so revealed be obvious and comprehensible unto our reason…(50)
The glass wherein this glory is represented unto us – proposed to our view and contemplation – is divine revelation in the Gospel. Herein we behold it, by faith alone. And those whose view is steadfast, who most abound in that contemplation by the exercise of faith, are ‘changed into the same image, from glory to glory’ – or are more and more renewed and transformed into the likeness of God, so represented unto them. (51)
That which shall, at last, perfectly effect our utmost conformity to God, and therein, our eternal blessedness – is vision, or sight. ‘We shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is’ (I Jn. 3.2) Here faith begins what sight shall perfect hereafter. But yet ‘we walk by faith, and not by sight’ (2 Cor. 5.7) But yet ‘we walk by faith , and not by sight:’. (2 Cor 5.7) And although the life of faith and vision differ in degrees – or as some think, in kind – yet have they both the same object, and the same operations, and there is a great cognation* between them. (51)(*cognation - relationship by descent from the same ancestor or source.