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Communion with God (Works of John Owen #2)

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In 1657, John Owen produced one of his finest devotional treatises (probably originating from the substance of a series of sermons). He examines the Christians communion with God as it relates to all three members of the Trinity. He assures us that every Christian does have communion with God, no one is excluded and that this communion takes place distinctly with Father, S ...more
Paperback, 209 pages
Published March 1st 1992 by Banner of Truth (first published 1657)
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Wow. This book left me undone in the presence and goodness of God and gave me new perspectives and a deeper understanding of the essence and beating heart of the Christian life: Communion with God.
I re-read each chapter several times, one I even read six times, just to soak in the truth. I wept for joy and wept for repentance to realize my blessings and misappropriation of the blessedness of communion with the Holy Trinity.

I have never read a book so full of references to the scripture, and to t
Jacob Aitken
Owen has a great section on what “union” and “communion” actually entail.
Very clear section on satisfaction of Christ.
Clear statements of classic Western triadology.
Interesting tidbits on civil magistrate and regulative principle

Too many subdividers in each chapter. Loses focus of larger arguments.
His definition of “God” opens himself up to Eastern criticisms. He defeated the Socinians in debate, but just barely.
The “Vindication of the Previous Discourse” suffered from length and lack
Feb 18, 2011 Al rated it really liked it
Shelves: puritan
What can you say? It's John Owen, a giant among Puritan theologians. All of his books are packed with doctrine and application, and this one is no exception. Not a book you can read once; you should read it several times.
Mar 14, 2008 Stevie rated it liked it
It was doctrinally rich and insightful.

Poignant Quotes:

"The Father knows that his people can bring no greater hurt to his loving heart than to have such hard thoughts of him."

"Sin brought infinite punishment because it was committed against an infinite God. Christ, being the infinite God in human nature, could suffer the infinite punishment that the sinner deserved. An so, by this personal union in Christ we are saved."

"To encourage our hearts to give themselves up more fully to the Lord Jesus C
Kevin Morse
Sep 04, 2011 Kevin Morse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! A word of warning though: his writing style can be challenging. I read somewhere (I think J.I. Packer said this) that Owen writes English with Latin syntax. There is a pretty simple cure though, if you're willing to do it. Read the book out loud to yourself! I found that I was able to not only follow the arguments easily, but to really enjoy Owen's style when I started reading out loud.

This book is well worth reading though, simply because Owen does a very good job of lifting
David Luke
Aug 19, 2015 David Luke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Typical Owen. The style is difficult but the labour is rewarding. Must be my third time reading this and it is always profitable.
Feb 17, 2014 Vaughn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an academic, well-researched, yet accessible version of John Owen's classic work. But don't be fooled - it's not easy reading. Truth be told, I probably should have read the Puritan Paperback version ( first as it is an abridged paraphrase.

Regardless, Communion with the Triune God is worth the investment and will find a home on my bookshelf. It's one of those that serve me well over the next several years.

Highly recommended, especially for the ac
Justin Andrusk
Jan 28, 2014 Justin Andrusk rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this Owen book and I really like the section on communion with the Holy Spirit.
Brian Moon
Wonderfully rich. Really difficult to read. Owen seems to look at his sentences and decide "why use 10 words when I can use 17!" And then he tosses them out of order and sprinkles liberally with commas.

That said, it is a wonderfully rich book. I found the section on communion with the Father and his love for us tremendously helpful.

(I should note that I was reading this with a 9 month old, so some of the difficulties in comprehension may lie with her.)
Feb 18, 2011 Coyle rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful. As one pastor has pointed out, most people who encounter Owen (which is a small enough number anyway) encounter him through either Mortification of Sin or The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, the former of which was written for high-school age students, and the latter as a polemic against Arminians, and because of that they miss out on the true depth of Owen's devotional thought. Having read this, I heartily agree.
Nathan Douthit
Mar 03, 2014 Nathan Douthit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. A difficult read, but this edition's outline at the beginning of the book makes it much easier to follow the line of thought throughout the text. Worthwhile, the sections on Song of Songs is a little long, but a helpful consideration of that text. Does a great job of emphasizing unity of God without sacrificing the distinctives of the Trinity. Practical and pastoral but not losing theological weight of the subject.
Jan 09, 2012 Wade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: puritans
This is an excellent book on the doctrine of the Trinity and what it means for a believer to have fellowship with God. It is not an easy read (to say the least)… it is often necessary to take a break after reading a single paragraph just to try to take in everything that was said in the paragraph. This is excellent theology and a classic work.
G Walker
Tried to wade through this one several times, found Kapic and Taylors edition to be much more accessible. See my notes from _Communion with the Triune God_. Also like Christian Focus' version, Communion with God: Fellowship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit as its formating is quite nice and much more accessible.
Bryan McWhite
Jul 27, 2011 Bryan McWhite rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just can't read this book slowly enough. Every time I pick it up, I find a sentence or a paragraph that I just can't manage to let go - I have to stop and let my heart and mind soak and simmer in it. This may be the best book I've ever read on fellowship with God.
Ryan Wolfe
Mar 02, 2012 Ryan Wolfe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phenomenal book. Doxological the whole way through. Provokes one to worship with almost every page turn. Cannot recommend this book too highly. It is not a book on prayer per se, but it has affected my prayer life more than any other book outside the Bible.
Oct 04, 2015 Simon marked it as to-read
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Jan 01, 2010 Jeremy marked it as to-read
I'm reading this r-e-a-l slowly because it is so genius and I don't want it to end. Owen is a beast and this book is beautiful.

1/1/10 - Haven't picked this back up in a while. Will get back to it this spring I'm sure.
Aaron Will
This was a book where every time I thought of reading it I was reluctant to wade through his difficult writing style, but then when I picked it up and got into it I continually wondered why I wasn't reading it more often!
G Walker
Very helpful version of Owen's classic. Good stuff. Kapic's introduction is helpful as is the overall "modernization" of the text. Still my favorite version if the Christ Focus one, perhaps that is because I am a simpleton.
Rock Rockwell
Oct 08, 2007 Rock Rockwell rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christians who feel God is far off
Shelves: christian-living
Owens shows us that our loving Father holds out the cherry cordial to us when we are sick in order to show us His tender compassion. A great read for God's children to understand and embrace the love of God to them in Christ.
Mar 03, 2010 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Owen discusses communion with each Person of the Trinity. The bulk of the book addresses communion with Jesus Christ. I read it rather quickly and did a preliminary outline intending to re read it in the future.
Alex Houston
Aug 09, 2012 Alex Houston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though it's slow going, this book is incredible. I've just gotten through the section on the Father and it was extremely edifying. Owen was a theological giant and any time spent with him will be fruitful indeed.
Apr 27, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Admittedly, I have only read the sections on communion with the Father and the Son so far. But I have every expectation of enjoying the rest, and it's a book I will definitely want to own eventually.
Simone Brett
This book is masterful in its examination of the inseparable nature of the Trinity, and how communion with each Person is vital to the Christian life.
G Walker
Great version of a classic work. Very well formatted. Very Good content too. Good little book! Owen is at his best here, I believe anyway.
Oct 16, 2010 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Words can't express how good this book is. It's such a help as to see how Great God is, and how to commune with Him.
Aug 07, 2012 Ryan rated it it was amazing
Incredible book... Did wonders in my understanding and participation in fellowship with the Triune God.
Feb 05, 2008 Matt rated it really liked it
Incredibly powerful exposition of the gospel, but became slightly dry by the end.
Jun 30, 2014 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Also read in August 2012.
Jul 22, 2007 Johnmark rated it it was amazing
Makes Christ more glorious to the reader.
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John Owen was an English theologian and "was without doubt not only the greatest theologian of the English Puritan movement but also one of the greatest European Reformed theologians of his day, and quite possibly possessed the finest theological mind that England ever produced" ("Owen, John", in Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals, p. 494)
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