Bavinck on the Image of God in Community

25 Sep

There’s a lot to mull over in this quote from Bavinck:

Not the man alone, not the man and woman together, but the whole of humanity is the fully developed image of God, his children, his offspring.  The image of God is much too rich for it to be fully realized in a single human being, however richly gifted that individual may be.  It can only be somewhat unfolded in its depth and riches in a humanity whose members exist both successively, one after the other, and contemporaneously, side by side…

It reminds me of another quote by Tim Keller, who once said, “You cannot know God apart from community.”

There is a necessary element of knowing God that can only be found in the corporate body of Christ.  That is why, when we trust in Christ, we become members of His body–the Church.  Only in community can we fully realize the depth and richness of God’s image in man.



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