The Divine Personality -- By: James H. Fairchild

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 041:162 (Apr 1884)
Article: The Divine Personality
Author: James H. Fairchild


The Divine Personality

James H. Fairchild

The one great influential fact in the presentation of God which the Scriptures afford is the distinctness of his personality. We come to know him as we know a father or a friend. He makes the world, and fits it up for man’s abode, rejoicing in his work. He makes man from the dust of the earth, and breathes into him a living soul. He plants a garden, and places in it the man he has made. He organizes the family, and crowns it with his blessing. His love and providential care follow the race even in their sin. He draws near in personal favor to them that love him, and they walk with him; and to make this friendship more real to the world of unbelievers he takes up to his own presence, before their eyes, one with whom he had been pleased. To establish and maintain more fully in the world a knowledge of himself, he makes a single family the recipients of his manifestations. Through generations and centuries of unwearied care he builds up this family into a nation, distinguished from the nations of the earth by the presence and favor of God, and by a civilization, a morality, and a religion which no other nation approached. With a mighty hand and a stretched-out arm he opened a way before them through the sea, and through the wilderness, and through hostile nations. To impress them and all mankind with his personal

presence he maintained before them, by a perpetual miracle, a visible token of his presence in the pillar of cloud and of fire. He utters his law from Sinai to the assembled hosts with his own voice, and writes it with his own finger upon the tables of stone as a perpetual memorial. He makes the tabernacle, and afterwards the temple, his dwelling-place, and with a visible glory overshadows the mercy-seat. When the fulness of time had come he sends forth the Messiah, “made of the seed of David according to the flesh, but declared to be the Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead?” (Rom. 1:3-4. The personality of God in the incarnation is brought nearer to the thoughts and hearts of men, and yet the exhibition of the great fact is scarcely more distinct than in the Old Testament dispensation. The doctrine of the Divine Spirit brings the fact of God’s personality to our very bosoms. God dwells not in the heavens alone, but also with; “him who is of a humble and a contrite heart, and who trembles at his word.” Thus the Bible brings us to God, and God to us,— not a vague and shadowy idea, an abstraction, but a being instinct with thought and feeling and life, our Creator, our Sovereign, our Saviour, and Friend.

Human reason, unaided, might never have gras...

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