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The Second Helvetic Confession on Images of Christ


by Jason Smathers on August 28, 2009

Although Christ assumed human nature, yet he did not on that account assume it in order to provide a model for carvers and painters. He denied that he had come “to abolish the law and the prophets” (Matthew 5:17). But images are forbidden by the law and the prophets” (Deuteronomy 4:15; Isaiah 44:9). He denied that his bodily presence would be profitable for the Church, and promised that he would be near us by his Spirit forever (John 16:7). Who, therefore, would believe that a shadow or likeness of his body would contribute any benefit to the pious? (2 Corinthians 5:5). Since he abides in us by his Spirit, we are therefore the temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16). But “what agreement has the temple of God with idols?” (2 Corinthians 6:16).

Copied from The Second Helvetic Confession, Chapter four.

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