Another Word from Owen

John Owen’s The Glory of Christ continues to teach me how vital it is to live a Godward, Christ-savoring life. Every page thunders with magnificent truth about the Savior as Owen spills over what was wrought in his own communion with God. Moreover, he persistenly beckons his readers to behold Christ’s glory now, even doing so with a sense of urgency, always holding before them that not doing so only finds its end in eternal destruction. Below is another quote from him that I hope helps you to lay hold of the glory of Christ in the Gospel again on this day.

“No man shall ever behold the glory of Christ by sight hereafter, who does not in some measure behold it by faith here in this world. Grace is a necessary preparation for glory, and faith for sight. Where the subject (the soul) is not previously seasoned with grace and faith, it is not capable of glory or vision. Nay, persons not disposed hereby to it cannot desire it, whatever they pretend; they only decieve their own souls in supposing that so they do. Most men will say with confidence, living and dying, that they desire to be with Christ, and to behold his glory; but they can give no reason why they should desire any such thing only they think it somewhat that is better than to be in that evil condition which otherwise they must be cast into for ever, when they can be here no more. If a man pretend himself to be enamoured with, or greatly to desire, what he never saw, nor was ever represented to him, he but dotes on his own imaginations. And the pretended desires of many to behold the glory of Christ in heaven, who have no view of it by faith whilst they are here in this world, are nothing but self-decieving imaginations” (The Glory of Christ [Ross-shire: Christian Focus Publications, 2004], 45-46).

Are you truly beholding and savoring the glory of Christ by faith in this present age?

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2 Responses to “Another Word from Owen”

  1. ddeevers Says:

    Not as much as I should be bro. Thanks for the post.

  2. Ronjour Locke Says:

    I just picked up The Glory of Christ a few months ago, and I was amazed that it was such a practical approach to such a breathtaking vision of Jesus in the Scriptures. It makes Dan Brown’s and all the other revisionist versions of Jesus look so miniscule and insignificant. I can’t wait to see THIS Jesus, the true Jesus of the Scriptures which thrilled Owen’s soul, in all of His fullness and beauty and glory, and enjoy Him face to face for all eternity!

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