Soli Deo Gloria 3

Unlike the many mocking depictions of the Bible, or even the presumptuous art of a Michelangelo, actual biblical encounters with God have led to speechlessness, followed by a humble and heartfelt outpouring of praise. We think of Moses, who hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God (Ex 3:6), or Nebuchadnezzar who after being restored from a bestial dumbness, immediately blessed then praised and honoured him that liveth for ever (Dan 4:34).

But beyond even these experiences is the supreme mystery of the incarnation of God as man; the One through whom came all things that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible (Col 1:16), allowing Himself to become as one of us, ‘heard’, ‘seen’, ‘looked upon’, ‘handled’ (1 Jn 1:1). The limited, fallen mind cannot process it, for it is too great even for the redeemed, enlightened mind to fully comprehend.

Nevertheless, there will come a time when we will understand it, as fully as it is possible for our created frames to bear: a time when we will be clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life (2 Co 5:4). In that time we will have no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine […] for the glory of God will lighten […] and the Lamb will be the light thereof (Rev 21:23).

Toppled, all false gods of mortal logic.

These things are received by faith.


New heaven

Thou dwellest in eternal glory

far beyond our temporal story,

infinite, no valley, peak

so holy, creatures cannot speak.


Thou livest in transcendent glory

far beyond our highest storey,

over all Thou seest all

before time was – those ones You’d call.


Thou camest from heaven to earth

the Son incarnate, human girth,

the Father, Spirit, up above

the angels lost in chords of love.


Thou lovest man as God the Son

though one day You will take the sun,

this starry blanket will enfold

new heaven – souls bodies behold.