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Of Communion with God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost - Enhanced Version

(Works of John Owen #2)

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  841 ratings  ·  91 reviews
In 1657, John Owen produced one of his finest devotional treatises, probably the substance of a series of sermons. He examines the Christian's communion with God as it relates to all three members of the Holy Trinity. Owen directs Christians towards green pastures and still waters, and lays open the exhaustless springs of the Christian's hidden life with God. Yet, twenty y ...more
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Published July 30th 2010 by Christian Classics Ethereal Library (first published 1657)
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Jennifer Sutton
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
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Aaron Ventura
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding. One of the best devotional type books you can read. This Puritan Paperback is an "Abridged and Made Easy to Read" version and an excellent starting point for reading John Owen. Highly Recommend! ...more
Matt Rose
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to reread this book every couple years, it's that good. It seems like one of those books that is so rich you lean something new every time you read it. ...more
Jared Wilson
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic and a masterpiece, esp. the last part on the Holy Spirit.
Rafael Salazar
Excellent. This book will inform your mind and warm your heart with the knowledge of our Triune God. Maybe the very best book I've read so far. If you're reading this, you should probably go buy a copy right now. ...more
Alex
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Owen is a master! He lays out the full truth of God's Word with authority and without hesitation.
(But take note: this is the abridged version -- All those in the Puritan Paperbacks collection are abridged.)
I've read this book a couple times now, with great benefit. And I plan to read it again soon, (but this time I will attempt to tackle the unabridged version).
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Al
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Jacob Aitken
Owen gives us a dense, thorough, yet manageable snapshot, not only of Reformed prolegomena, but of Trinitarian piety as well. Given the current (if overblown) popularity of the YRR crowd--who know not Turretin nor his principia--yet strangely seek Owen, Owen can give them a taste of proper Reformed theologomena. In many ways, this can function as a primer to systematic theology. So here it goes:

Basic definitions:

communion: A mutual communication of such good things grounded upon some union (Owen
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Michael Kraus
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incredible and thorough insight into the relationship the triune God has initiated with His creation, man in particular, and especially His people. Owen is clear-thinking and undistracted (or at least, if he goes on a tangent he lets you know). The language of his arguments is precise and scholarly.

He is quite redundant, which can be both a good and a bad thing. Most of the book is a highly exposited outline while some sections are clearly areas he is more comfortable with and seem to be better
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David Robertson
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: devotional, theology
One of my regrets in reading this book (vol 2 of his works) is that I did not read it sooner – especially the first half of the book (the latter is a defence of the first part against some who were obviously disputing against it). There is great insight and depth in Owen’s teaching – but most of all there is this wonderful meditation on the love of Christ. I have written a fuller review with extensive quotations here -


https://theweeflea.com/2017/09/03/com...



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Sarah
Apr 27, 2010 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. ...more
Josh
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Also read in August 2012.
Nate Weis
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book. Owen’s writing always informs my mind and warms my heart simultaneously.
John Weis
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: puritan, 2017
Communion with the Triune God - John Owen

The introduction from Kelly M. Kapic is quite helpful, allowing the reader to map Owen's unique thought and balance of doctrine and application.


Of Communion with the Father

Third, they differ in this also: The love of God is like himself — equal, constant, not capable of augmentation or diminution; our love is like our selves — unequal, increasing, waning, growing, declining. His, like the sun, always the same in its light, though a cloud may som

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Eric Yap
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shelved
4.5 stars. Perhaps one of the most profound Puritan devotionals ever written, but Owen is notoriously difficult to read and hence the rating. The editors, Kelly Kapic and Justin Taylor have even included a 30-page detailed outline in this edition so that the readers can follow Owen's masterful guide. The original title of the book is actually just "Communion with God," but the thesis of Owen is that communion and fellowship with God is actually communion/fellowship with each distinct persons, an ...more
Amanda Hunsberger
Owen writes an unparalleled book on experiencing communion with God, distinctly in each person of the trinity. I was most impacted by his explanation of the workings of the Father and the Holy Ghost. This is, however, not an easy book to read. Even with the modernized language, it can be difficult to understand and digest. I took 6 months to read this book. I would suggest only reading a few pages at a time, to ponder what Owen has written, and really benefit from it. I will be going back to his ...more
Pig Rieke
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those who wish to stand on the shoulders of giants, John Owen is a good place to start. JI Packer’s best dead friend is thoroughly Biblical and carries forward the great Trinitarian orthodoxy of the early church and the doctrines of sin, grace, sovereignty, and more rediscovered under the ruble of Roman papery during the Reformation.

The book is both Trinitarian and Christ-centric in nature. The Puritan takes up the work of proclaiming each person of the Godhead’s work in redemption and in f
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Jason Wilson
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Puritan writing at its best. Warm application is drawn from rich and deep trinitarian theology.

I’m unconvinced by limited atonement, which surfaces once or twice though I can see why others aren’t. Nevertheless a great book.
Ryan Jankowski
He never disappoints.
Doug Payne
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent work on communion with the triune God.
Stevie
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
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Richard Minor
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In one sense I could just say, of course this book was great...it's John Owen. But really there's more to it than that. He breaks down the basis and application of our "Communion With God" with the deep doctrine you always find in John Owen. It was also written in a way that touched my soul. Not only was Owen telling me the basis of my communion with God, but he was also emphasizing that this has been purchased through the work of Christ and the importance of my own seeking after communion with ...more
Kevin Morse
Sep 04, 2011 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
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Ben Chidester
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
No work I have yet read has had such a profound impact on both my theological understanding of God and my devotion to Him. In this work, Owen expounds upon how we hold communion with God (both in our communing with Him and His communing with us) both as the one God and yet distinctly through the three persons of the Trinity. Many of the truths I had a shallow understanding of before, but Owen expounds upon them to such a moving depth, entreating us earnestly to the love of God communicated to us ...more
Vaughn
Dec 30, 2013 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 (http://www.amazon.com/Communion-With-...) 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
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Coyle
Dec 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Nathan Douthit
Nov 26, 2013 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. ...more
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.)
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Wade
Jan 09, 2012 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. ...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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