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Heaven Came Down

The Mission of Christ

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If we seek to be "embraced by the light," through our own intuition or mystical encounters, we will find the goal of our quest, but it will be damnation, not glory. If, however, we seek God not as he is in his hiddenness, but as he has revealed himself-his majesty clothed in humanity-we will find access to the Holy of Holies.

"Heaven came down and glory filled my soul." Many of us recall singing that line from the hymn by the same title. But what do we mean by that? Do we mean that we experienced God directly, by the descent of Heaven itself into our heart? Do we really mean that glory filled our soul?

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Michael Horton is the J. Gresham Machen professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California), host of the White Horse Inn, national radio broadcast, and editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. He is author of many books, including The Gospel-Driven Life, Christless Christianity, People and Place, Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, The Christian Faith, and For Calvinism.

Issue: "O Come Let Us Adore Him: The Person and Work of Christ" Nov./Dec. 1995 Vol. 4 No. 6 Page number(s): 4-12

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