John Owen

It seems that this blog has turned into 'quotes from what Blake is reading.' That is okay though, because the guys I read can say it much better than I can. I was recently meditating on 2 Corinthians 3:18 which reads:

"And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit."

This motivated me to read John Owen's book 'The Glory of Christ' in order to behold the glory of the Lord, and thereby be sanctified. Man, it was good! Here is some of it to chew on:

"If we regularly beheld the glory of Christ our Christian walk with God would become more sweet and pleasant, our spiritual light and strength would grow daily stronger and our lives would more gloriously represent the glory of Christ. Death would be most welcome to us." (21)

"The glory of Christ is the 'pearl of great price' which we should make every effort to find (Matt 13:45-46). And the Scripture is the ocean into which we dive to discover this pearl, or the mine in which we dig for its precious treasures (Prov 2:1-5). (33)

"Men may still hold a right doctrine of Christ; but beholding the glory of Christ does not lie in remembering doctrine. Men may have the outward form of godliness but no longer have the encouragement of Christ's presence and glory." (109)

"As for your pleasures, the truth is, you have never yet known real pleasure and will not until you come to Chris. For only in Christ are true pleasures to be found. A few moments with Christ are to be preferred to an eternity with the cursed pleasures of this world (Prov 3:13-18, Ps 16:11). (139)

"Spiritual life shows itself in a healthy appetite for the Word, grounded on an experience of God's grace in it. How healthy then is your spiritual appetite? If you have no appetite for God's Word then your spiritual life is in a bad state." (158)

"Not making Christ and his service the main business of our lives is another evidence of spiritual decay in the soul. Where grace is flourishing in the soul then all other things will be secondary to the duties of Christ's religion. Everything else must take second place." (159-159)