Using Our Reason to Know Who Jesus Is
God has given me an understanding. To what end? Is it to know myself? No, my understanding ought to rise higher, and by the knowledge of his creatures, and of myself, arrive at the knowledge of God, contemplate his perfections, and rest in the contemplation. My mind is not capable of the truth of comprehending the Infinite, God only knows himself; but it is capable of knowing him, it aspires thereto with all its efforts, and this desire burns so deeply within it, that no finite knowledge will fully satisfy its curiosity. Again, whatever science my mind is cultivating, on whatever object it fixes its thoughts, whether I reflect upon others or upon myself, all lifts me up to God, all leads me back to him; he is the first link in the chain to which all truths hold; he is the last, in which they all end. I know nothing thoroughly, either in philosophy or in morals, if I do not know God; and I cannot reason as I should on anything if I ignore God as the first cause, and the last end of all things. Is it not evident that God has endowed me with an understanding but to know him? That the most noble use that I can make of it is to apply it to this object.