“This is the original glory of Christ, given Him by His Father, and which by faith we may behold. He, and He alone, declares, represents, and makes known, unto angels and men, the essential glory of the invisible God, His attributes and His will; without which, a perpetual comparative darkness would have been on the whole creation, especially that part of it here below.
This is the foundation of our religion, the Rock whereon the church is built, the ground of all our hopes of salvation, of life and immortality: all is resolved into this,– namely, the representation that is made of the nature and will of God in the person and office of Christ. If this fail us, we are lost forever; if this Rock stand firm, the church is safe here, and shall be triumphant hereafter.”
-–John Owen, “Meditations and Discourses Concerning the Glory of Christ” in The Works of John Owen, ed. William Goold, (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1965), Vol. I: pp. 294-295.