A Word from John Owen

Aside from some serious studying and meditation for an exegetical paper on Romans 9:14-18 over Spring Break, I was able to begin reading John Owen’s Meditations On The Glory of Christ (more recently published by Christian Focus Publications, 2004). One of the most helpful quotes I have read thus far is noted below. After speaking of the many trials of this life Owen’s writes,

“It will in this, and in the discharge of this duty, be made evident how slight and inconsiderable all these things [the trials] are from whence our troubles and distress do arise. For they all grow on this root of an over-valuation of temporal things. And unless we can arrive to a fixed judgment that all things here below are transitory and perishing, reaching only to the outward man, or the body, (perhaps to the killing of it), that the best of them have nothing that it truly substantial or abiding in them, that there are other things, in which we have an assured interest, that are incomparably better than they, and above them, it is impossible but that we must spend our lives in fears, sorrows, and distractions. One real view of the glory of Christ, and of our own concern in it, will give us a full relief in this matter. …a due contemplation of the glory of Christ will restore and compose the mind, bring it into a sedate, quiet frame, in which faith will be able to say to the winds and waves of distempered passions, ‘Peace, be still!’ and they shall obey it” (30-31). 

Owen’s reminds us who believe of Colossians 3:1-4: “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on the earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.”

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