“Now let us consider, what a wonder of power is all this: the knitting a noble soul to a body of clay, was not so great an exploit of Almightiness, as the espousing infinite and finite together.
Man is further distant from God, than man from nothing.
What a wonder is it, that two natures infinitely distant, should be more intimately united than anything in the world; and yet without any confusion!
That the same person should have both a glory and a grief; an infinite joy in the Deity, and an inexpressible sorrow in the humanity!
That a God upon a throne should be an infant in a cradle.
That the thundering Creator be a weeping babe and a suffering man.
These are such expressions of mighty power, as well as condescending love, that they astonish men upon earth, and angels in heaven.”
–Stephen Charnock, “On the Power of God” in The Existence and Attributes of God, vol. 2 (Robert Carter & Brothers, 1853), 63–64.