Glory Unveiled

XIX. The glory of his Person may be considered, partly in reference to the divine nature; partly, to the human. The former is nothing else than a most illustrious assertion, vindication, and display of the Divine majesty of Christ, reflected from the glory of the human nature. During his abode on the earth, the Son of God had so concealed his glory under the vail of his humbled flesh, that only a few faint rays, despised by the generality of spectators, appeared. But now, in his glorified humanity, he shines forth like the sun, having, by his bright and exalted lustre, dispelled the clouds of his obscure and debased condition; and declares, in a striking and glorious manner, that the Son of man is the Son of God, and truly God. This was the matter of his request in the following solemn prayer: “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self, with the glory which I had with thee, before the world was.” That is, “Gloriously declare that I am thine eternal and only-begotten Son:”—which the Father has done chiefly by setting him at his right hand, as the place of the highest dignity and glory.

—Herman Witsius, Sacred Dissertations, on What Is Commonly Called the Apostles’ Creed, trans. Donald Fraser, vol. 2 (London: Khull, Blackie & Co., 1823), 252.

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