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that 'doctrine' finds its rightful place.  We are however concerned here with
the essential place that Christ occupies in the great doctrines of the
Scripture.  Think of the revelation of the name of God given to Moses, and
think of the exceedingly difficult thing it must have been for Israel either
to understand or for Moses to explain.
'Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me
unto you' (Exod. 3:14).
The human mind as it is at present constituted and limited, seems to
cry out for an expansion of this all comprehensive title, and it is here that
the Saviour gives concreteness to this abstract title.  First, in John 8:58,
He identifies Himself with the Lord of Exodus 3:14, saying 'Before Abraham
was, I AM', and then in different sections of this gospel, He reveals that in
this one title is enshrined 'all the fulness', saying:
bread of life'
light of the world'
true and living way'
good Shepherd'
true vine'
resurrection and the life'.
A sevenfold condescension, bringing the all sufficiency of the title I
AM down to the level of our feeble grasp.  Volumes have been written
concerning the Being and the Nature of God, but it is the glory of the New
Testament to lead all who seek to know the living God to see His glory 'in
the face of Jesus Christ'.  Scattered through the Sacred Pages we read such
revealing passages as:
'No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in
the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him' (John 1:18).
He is 'the Image of the invisible God' (Col. 1:15); He is 'the Express
Image of His Person' (Heb. 1:3), or as the passage could be paraphrased, 'the
Character of His Substance', or 'the Exhibition on the plane of the manifest
of all that can be known at present of God's invisible reality'.  And here we
would wish to correct a misunderstanding which a somewhat condensed sentence
in Life through His Name may have induced.  In The Prize of the High Calling
(chap. 5.2) we have debated at some length the meaning of the expression 'The
form of God', where we have shown that 'form' indicates essential nature, and
'fashion' or 'to be on equality' indicates modes of being, the mode or
relationship being changeable.  In the book entitled Life Through His Name
(Chap. 5, Equality of the Father and Son) we wrote:
'He left the riches that He had (2 Cor. 8:9); He divested Himself of
the form of God'.
In our mind we had the term 'equality' with which this section is
headed, and the gracious humiliation of John 13:4 where He 'laid aside His
garments', but it might remove all ambiguity if the reader would substitute
the following expansion of the sentence thus, 'He left the Riches that He had
(2 Cor. 8:9), which were the necessary accompaniment of His divine nature,
and voluntarily Divested Himself of the glory that was His by right, and
clothed Himself with humility, stooping to the fashion of a man and the
status of a slave'.  It is not every reader who would misconstrue our