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Meditations and Discourses on the Glory of Christ - Enhanced Version

(Works of John Owen #1)

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Meditations and Discourses on the Glory of Christ is a collection of discourses in which John Owen proclaims the glory of the Lord as it is revealed in Scripture. Owen states that because we are human, Christ's glory is, in a sense, incomprehensible to us--we can never fully grasp it. Fortunately, the Bible provides us with ample information to help us appreciate the glory ...more
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Published July 30th 2010 by Christian Classics Ethereal Library (first published 1683)
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Oct 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
READ THIS BOOK!!! BUY IT, BUY IT NOW!!! I am only a young, lay person, but with much meditation I can see what Owen is talking about. No matter who you are, if you profess to believe in Christ Jesus, you need to read this! ~Oh how my heart longs to hear every Pastor preach about the Glory of Christ like how Owen wrote about it. How I long to see EVERYONE living life this way, with Christ One and Only in their life, seeking out His Glory day by day.~ Along with spending daily time alone with God, ...more
Bernard Hull
Oct 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this twice the second time immediately following the first. I have only found myself drawn to do this on three other occasions and the subject matter of each of those books was the wonderful Person and work of Christ. This book was written when Owen was near the end of his life and it is full of the greatness and beauty of Jesus.
Matthew Grotheer
This book has significantly changed how I read the Bible and, to be quite honest, how I experience God. I don't think this work was the sole cause of it but I think the theology contained within made significant changes in me. The Lord used the writings of this dead man from the 16th century to give me a vision of reading the Scriptures with 2 things in mind: everything is about knowing and enjoying the glory of Jesus Christ and seeing and beholding his beauty. As difficult as Owen is to read, i ...more
Ryan Hawkins
In the book, Owen strongly argues that the glory of Christ is the central thing the Christian should aim at seeing. It is by beholding Christ's glory that the Christian is truly changed and becomes more spiritual. Moreover, it is this glory that we now behold by faith, and that by beholding it by faith now we prepare ourselves to behold it by sight forever in his presence. He then says the reason we don't behold his glory more here is due to laziness and ignorance, coupled with desires for world ...more
Alex Betts
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“One view of Christ’s glory by faith will scatter all the fears, answer all the objections and disperse all the depressions of poor, tempted, doubting souls. To all believers it is an anchor which they may cast within the veil, to hold them firm and steadfast in all trials, storms and temptations, both in life and death.” Come on!!
Brian Pate
Theologically rich, warmly devotional, and pastorally urgent. This is not so much an overview of Christology as it is a plea to behold the glory of Christ by faith.

I think Owen wrote this at the end of his life, and you can see this reflected throughout the book. He longs to behold Christ face to face. He uses old age for several illustrations. And he speaks much of finishing well.

The final section was good stuff but seemed like it belonged in another book. He includes evangelistic appeals to
Aug 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Serious students of the Word
Recommended to Tom by: Britt
I am currently on my 5th read through, I hope that I get it this time.
I love to start my year with a Puritan Paperback, and this year's choice didn't disappoint. Of course it didn't--it was John Owen!

Wow. Owen maybe doesn't have the emotional resonance of Samuel Rutherford or isn't as pithily quotable as Richard Sibbes (both of whom I adore), but he illuminates the role of Christian teaching in our daily walk more beautifully than anyone I've read. Particularly the importance of a right understanding of the person of Christ, and how meditating on those glories fue
Matt Crawford
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The glory of Christ is not as well-known as other works by Owen. His volumes on the death of death in the death of Christ and mortification of Sin I have given him a claim but the glory of Christ is up there with those works. It shows that the glory revealed is the motivation for this life and the preview for the next. Everything that can be characterized as a fruit of the Christian life Owen uses as a reflection on the glory revealed. It prepares us for Heaven and dictates how we live now.
Brian Jones
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has been abundantly helpful in my walk with Christ and making Him my chief joy. I will be recommending this book for years to come
Jan 02, 2019 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
abandoned for now - just now I happened to pick up and flick through Owen's 'Communion with God' and found it far more exciting, so I'd be better served simply reading CwG again! ...more
Jun 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This volume contains a short biography of Owen, The Person of Christ, Meditations on the Glory of Christ, Meditations on the Glory of Christ Applied, and two catechisms. I have read the bio and The Person of Christ several years ago. The Person of Christ is excellent and well worth a re-read. Recently I read Meditations Applied for a counseling class. Owen is logical, exasperatingly thorough, pastoral, evangelical, and wonderful.
David Luke
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading my way through this again although in the Christian Focus edition which is well set out. At times it still leaves me in wide-eyed wonder at the glory of Christ. Sinclair Ferguson writes that when he reads Owen he wonders why he bothers reading anything else. One gets a sense of what he means through this great book
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are books and then there are books, in my opinion the writings of the Puritans are in a class all their own. I have heard John Piper refer to them as the Redwoods of the Christian faith, the theology and thinking of this book tells why. If you read you will have to grow thereby.
Phil Griffin
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
This is a life changing book. It is an extremely helpful in-depth meditation on the wonderful subject of the Glory of Christ. I found it helpful to read the book over a few months so that I could regularly meditate on this glorious subject.
John Yelverton
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though it can be extremely dry in parts, John Owen offers some amazing insights on the work of Jesus Christ, and man's varied responses to those works. His insights are so amazing that they will often cut you to the quick on your own shortcomings. ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“John Owen, author of The Glory of Christ, was undoubtedly the finest English-speaking theologian of his time….perhaps the greatest theologian to have graced church history in England.” (Sinclair Ferguson) “English-speaking” needs definition. Much of Owen’s 17th century English requires translation. The complex grammar and vocabulary requires the 21st century reader to read many sentences two or three times in order to figure out exactly what Owen means. There is a big payoff in doing that, as O ...more
Eric Yap
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shelved
Owen is infamous for being hard to read, primarily because of his archaic writing style. The last time I read a full-length Owen book was Crossway's abridged, 3-in-1 volume which includes Mortifications, On Temptations and Indwelling Sins, about 5 years ago and took me around a year and I didn't even finish the third part of the volume (it was also the longest and hardest to read, according to the editors). But R.J.K Law's abridged version of Owen's Christologia is a magnificent classic. This is ...more
Michael Bering Smith
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-christ
How does one 'review' the roaring Sun?

Has one ever gazed upon a Beauty so glorious, so rapturous and arresting, that it produced in the soul a delight, rest, and satisfaction unrivaled by past passions and pleasures; beheld a Light so bright, that all competing claims to illumination seem as but darkness; tasted a Honey so sweet, that all prior impressions seem as mere fictions?

In these meditations, John Owen identifies the "glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor. 4:6) as that high Lov
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply amazing! Owen always hits the nail on the head. Those who desire to grow as Christians and draw nearer to God, as well as further from this world should strive to behold the glory of Christ by faith.

My favorite Owen quote comes from this work:

“It is by beholding the glory of Christ by faith that we are spiritually edified and built up in this world, for as we behold His glory, the life and power of faith grow stronger and stronger. It is by faith that we grow to love Christ. So if we desi
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buy this book! There will be no regrets.

Reading Owen is like climbing a mountain: it is tough work, but the view along the way makes it worth it. When he brings you ultimately to the summit, it makes the trekking worth every effort!

Reading the book, you can’t help but feel that Owen knows the Lord, and how the human heart is desperately in need of Him. The condition to all our struggles can only be addressed through a constant and steady gaze on the Glory of Christ.

On this topic, Owen illumin
Gavin McGrath
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I return to Owen, having studied his work for my PhD, from time to time and every time I am astonished by his insight. His breadth of Scripture knowledge is exceptional but so also his knowledge of the human heart and mind.

More to the point: this book on the glory of Christ is profound. Why don’t contemporary writers urge this? Why do contemporary preachers (like me) neglect urging people to consider Christ’s glory. John 17:24 refers to Christ’s prayer for his disciples to see his glory: so thi
John Burkett
I found this particular work of Owen lacking in spiritual depth and scriptural evidences which are so prevalent in the majority of his writings. In the first eleven chapters his subject matter was good but shallow. He also stopped far short of a through examination of the characteristics of Christ which lend themselves to glory. For that reason the first half lacked the luster to draw one in to deep consideration of the supreme glory of Christ.

The rest of the book seemed detached from the first
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A treasure trove of continuous exaltation of Christ. This short book by the great Puritan mind, John Owen, will prove soul-nourishing to every true believer. Prepare to be confronted with ... the Glory of Christ. Too often a topic sub-consciously labeled as ‘boring’ and ‘basic’. We shall never move on from Christ’s glory. Even upon our millionth day of worshipping him we won’t have touched the surface of his ultimate glory.

“Christ is a sanctuary, a sure refuge to all that put their trust in hi
David Robertson
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
Owen has the reputation of not being easy to read. Therefore I approached this first volume of his collected works of 16 with some degree of trepidation. I need not have feared! Apart from the occasional untranslated bits of Latin and at times the somewhat dated and prosaic language, the fact is that this is a beautiful book – not to be skimmed over, but just read and digested slowly as one would digest the most gorgeous of food. If you are a Christian this will feed and nourish your soul for ma ...more
Kiri Dawn
I know and respect so many people who love Puritan writings and because of that I so wanted to love this book, too. But I have to be honest: much of this book I found dry and it did not encourage my faith. In fact, I felt the author was trying too hard to explain something the Bible doesn't choose to quantify. Also, his repeated use of "which can only mean" to expostulate Scripture rubbed me very wrong. Not being in the Biblical canon, I don't think Owens gets to say what the *only* explanation ...more
Bradley Somers
It takes time and patience to read John Owen. Owen is like a Jeweller with a diamond- turning the thought over and over to point out another breathtaking view of the diamond. This short version of The Glory of Christ, the greatest of all theological diamonds, is one of my favourites of Owen's writings. The digressions at the end are worth the cost of the book. They demonstrate that Owen was not simply a hide-away theological monk but studied with the spiritual struggle of believers and the souls ...more
Dane Jöhannsson
This first volume from the prince of puritans himself, John Owen, rightly takes its chief place in the multi volume set of this great theologian's works. Though not as immediately digestible as his other puritan brethren, Owen's cumbersome style repays in rich dividends to the careful and persevering reader. Owen here lays out the doctrine of Christ in the most lucid, accurate and glorious clarity. Whenever I return to Owen's works, I wonder to myself why I waste time with other English writers. ...more
D. Ferguson
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblical-studies
John Own is considered by many to be among the most profound of the puritan writers, and this work was written at the end of his life. He is also known to be among the most difficult writers to read. This book does not disappoint on either count. The parts I could understand were very profound and enlightening, but much of it I was not able to follow. I highly recommend the book for those who are good readers. It is worth the hard work. The difficulty level is why I didn't give it 5 stars.

Carolyn Page
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
I heard of this book through J.C. Ryle, who quoted it quite a bit in his "Holiness". Convicting is the word I'd use to describe this. One of Owen's statements I found particularly convicting is that if you don't take pleasure in pursuing God in earth, or enjoy meditating on His glory, or seeking to serve Him, you're not prepared for heaven. And you know, I don't usually give Heaven much thought but-- he's right! I'm usually not a fan of abridgements, but this one was well done. ...more
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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) ...more

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“On Christ’s glory I would fix all my thoughts and desires, and the more I see of the glory of Christ, the more the painted beauties of this world will wither in my eyes and I will be more and more crucified to this world. It will become to me like something dead and putrid, impossible for me to enjoy.” 46 likes
“No man shall ever behold the glory of Christ by sight hereafter who does not in some measure behold it here by faith.” 7 likes
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