The truth of a symbol drives it beyond itself. “The best contemplation of the Divine Being is when the mind is transported beyond itself with admiration.” The doctrine of God can never be theoretical-contemplative; it must always be existential, by participation. The famous phrase by Karl Barth, which is taken from a Biblical text “God is in Heaven, and you are on earth” –is often said and explained by Calvin.

The Heavenly “above” is not a place to which God is bound, but it is an expression of His religious transcendence, not an expression of a physical transcendence.