The Centrality of Christ

Torrance recalls H.R. Mackintosh’s emphasis on the centrality of Christ:

H.R Mackintosh used to press home to us again and again the perfect oneoness of Jesus Christ with the innermost being of the Father. He used to refer with great awe to “one of the best accredited parts of the tradition Jesus is recorded to have said “no one knoweth the Son, save the Father; neither doth anyone know the Father save the Son, and he to whomsever the Son willeth to reveal Him” (Matthew 11.27). I have never been able to forget Mackintosh’s aphorisms which he varied again and again, “When I look into the Face of Jesus, and see there the very face of God, I know that I have not seen that face elsewhere and cannot see that face elsehow.” ‘And secretly in the hour of meditation, when we try to look into God’s face, still it is the face of Christ that comes up before us.” “What Jesus was on earth God is forever.” Mackintosh felt very strongly that what is ultimately at stake for us today as it was in Nicene times, is the cardinal truth of the Deity of Chris, the incarnate son of God.”

-in T.F. Torrance an Intellectual Biography, McGrath 31

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