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The Glory of Christ The Glory of Christ by John Owen
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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.”
John Owen, The Glory of Christ
“No man shall ever behold the glory of Christ by sight hereafter who does not in some measure behold it here by faith.”
John Owen, The Glory Of Christ
“But whatever dismal appearance of things there may be in the world, we need not fear the ruin of the church by the most bloody oppositions. Former experiences will give security against future events. It is built on the rock, and those gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
John Owen, The Glory of Christ
“The pretended desires of many to behold the glory of Christ in heaven, who have no view of it by faith while they are here in this world, are nothing but self-deceiving imaginations.”
John Owen, The Glory Of Christ
“Not to see the wisdom of God, and the power of God, and consequently all the other holy properties of his nature, in Christ, is to be an unbeliever.”
John Owen, The Glory of Christ
“If the Holy Ghost judged the state of the Jewish Church to be weak and imperfect - because it rested on high priests that died one after another, although their succession was expressly ordained of God himself - shall we suppose that the Lord Christ, who came to consummate the church, and to bring it unto the most perfect estate whereof in this world it is capable, should build it on a succession of dying men, concerning which succession there is not the least intimation that it is appointed of God? And as unto the matter of fact, we know both what interruptions it hath received, and what monsters it hath produced - both sufficiently manifesting that it is not of God.”
John Owen, The Glory of Christ
“The soul which can be satisfied without beholding the glory of Christ, is not a soul for whom Christ prays.
pg. 2”
John Owen, The Glory of Christ
“By beholding the glory of Christ by faith we shall find rest to our souls. Our minds are apt to be filled with troubles, fears, cares, dangers, distresses, ungoverned passion and lusts. By these our thoughts are filled with chaos, darkness and confusion. But where the soul is fixed on the glory of Christ then the mind finds rest and peace for "to be spiritually minded is peace" (Rom. 8:6).
pg. 8-9”
John Owen, The Glory of Christ
“Ignorance of God is the source of all wickedness and confusion among men. From this ignorance arouse that flood of abominations which God swept away in Noah's day. The sins of Sodom and Gomorrah were burned up with "fire from heaven". In short, all the rage, blood, confusion, desolations, cruelties, oppressions and disasters which fill the world to this day, by which the souls of men have been swept into eternal destruction, have all arisen from the ignorance of God.
pg. 15”
John Owen, The Glory of Christ
“Sometimes it may seems that he has withdrawn from us. We cannot hear his voice, nor see his face, nor experience any sense of his love even though we diligently seek him. In this state, all our thoughts and meditations concerning Christ will be barren and fruitless, bringing no spiritual refreshment to our souls. If we are happy with such life-less, fruitless thoughts of him which bring no awareness of his love, nor give us any sight of the glory of his person, the power of religion in us will wither away. Our duty is fully expressed by the spouse in the Song of Solomon (Song of Sol. 3:1-4; 5:2-8). When in such a state we must diligently seek him in prayer, meditation , mourning, reading and hearing his Word in all ordinances of divine worship both in private and in public.
pg. 35-36”
John Owen, The Glory of Christ
“Election is founded on divine love because it is free and undeserved. We did nothing to persuade God to choose us rather than others. Any good done to us which is altogether undeserved and which is done to promote our good, is an act of love and cannot be anything else. Any good there is in God's people is the result of election and not the reason why God chose us. The only thing that moved God to choose us was his undeserved love.
pg. 50-51”
John Owen, The Glory of Christ
“By the incarnation of Christ, God intended first of all to redeem the church by the sacrifice of his Son. But there is a greater reason for the incarnation of Christ, one which centres on the glory of God. This was that he might 'gather all things into one' in Christ. The whole creation, especially that which was to be eternal blessed, was to have anew head given to it. From him all graces were to glow into this new family, and from this new family worship, praise and gratitude would flow back to him. All communications from God to this new family would be channelled through Christ, and all worship and gratitude to God from this new family would also be channelled through Christ. Who can describe the divine beauty, order and harmony of all things in this new family under its new head Jesus Christ? The union and communion between angels and men, the order of the whole family in heaven and earth, the communication of life, grace, power, mercy and comfort to the church and all things being ruled for the glory of God all depend on Jesus Christ. This glory God purposed for his incarnate Son, and it was the greatest, the highest glory that could be given to him.
pg. 96-97”
John Owen, The Glory of Christ
“So the first consequence of Christ's withdrawing himself from us is that inward graces grow weak and we tend to rely more and more on outside helps. Above all, we lose the desire for holy meditation and we spend less and less time with Christ. Just as frost withers the plants in the garden, so the grace in our hearts also withers when the 'Sun of Righteousness' withdraws and hides himself.
pg. 111-112”
John Owen, The Glory of Christ
“Where the light of revelation is not accompanied by spiritual experience and power in our souls, then it will end either in outward formality or atheism. But when feelings outrun the light of revelation, then they sink into the bog of superstition, doting on images and pictures. But where there is spiritual restraint and discipline, it is better that our emotions exceed our lights, rather than light exceed our emotions. It is by the defect of our understanding that we do not have more light and it is by the corruption of our wills that we do not have more experience of spiritual comforts.
pg. 115-116”
John Owen, The Glory of Christ
“But the promises concerning the growth of this grace in believers are not unconditional. According to 2 Peter 1:4-10, many duties are required so that these promises might be fulfilled and accomplished in us. Believers are expected to make every effort to grow strong in grace. God does indeed sometimes work sovereignly, bestowing healing grace on backsliding believers (e.g. Isa. 57:17-18). Many a poor soul has thus been delivered from going down into the pit. The good shepherd will go out of his way to save a wandering sheep. But we must not presume on God’s goodness by neglecting the duties we are called to fulfil.
pg. 148-149”
John Owen, The Glory of Christ
“Those who are aware of a weakening of their experience of grace themselves must redouble their efforts in the duties of mortification and spiritual obedience, but take care that what you do is what God has appointed, and that how you do it is guided and directed by Scripture. Examples of such duties are the reading and hearing of the Word, fervent prayer and diligently guarding against all temptation to sin. There should be a special effort to keep the mind spiritual and heavenly. This will demand holy earnestness, and a strong resistance to any other attitude of mind.
pg. 162”
John Owen, The Glory of Christ