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The Glory of Christ (Puritan Paperbacks: Treasures of John Owen for Today's Readers) Paperback – Abridged, June 1, 1994
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About the Author
John Owen was born in 1616 in Stadhampton, Oxfordshire and died in Ealing, West London, in 1683. During his sixty-seven years he lived out a life full of spiritual experience, literary accomplishment, and national influence so beyond most of his peers that he continues to merit the accolade of 'the greatest British theologian of all time.'
Despite his other achievements, Owen is best famed for his writings. These cover the range of doctrinal, ecclesiastical and practical subjects. They are characterized by profundity, thoroughness and, consequently, authority. Andrew Thomson said that Owen 'makes you feel when he has reached the end of his subject, that he has also exhausted it.' Although many of his works were called forth by the particular needs of his own day they all have a uniform quality of timelessness. The Banner of Truth Trust has reprinted his Works in twenty-three volumes.
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This edition is really nice because the language is updated to modern English. This is the #1 book I give to friends. And I ask that they simply read chapters 1 and 2. This is good advice, because it seems quite doable to just read two small chapters. Seriously, if they would just read those two chapters, they would be saved from so much modern religious nonsense that goes on in churches. This book addresses many of the modern errors of Evangelicalism. It makes a solid case that Jesus is the antidote to the inventions of men who would create a Christless religion (and who would do so in the name of Christ -- yes, Owens predicts that too).
Just read the first two chapters of this book, and you will be so pleased.
This particular section of Volume 1 that I reference here begins with a quote of John 17:24. Jesus, praying to the Father for us, says:
"Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world."
If you want to begin to better enjoy seeing the beauty and glory of Jesus Christ and to enjoy it, then I would strongly recommend that you use this work to help you study the Scriptures. Consider the things that he says. Owen doesn't pull his theology out of midair. He is certainly drawing it from the Bible itself and, if anything, he showed me that I was mostly reading the Bible wrongly. This work has helped open up the Bible in a whole new way for me and I have never been the same. I am currently rereading this magnificent work and am continually being reminded of the greatness of Jesus. My spiritual taste buds have been awakened to something that no religious substitute can satisfy: seeing and enjoying the beauty of Jesus Christ. That is what we are here for.
I shall conclude with just one of the many gems that will hopefully compel you to read:
"Herein would I love; herein would I die; hereon would I dwell in my thoughts and affections, to the withering and consumption of all the painted beauties of this world, unto the crucifying all things here below, until they become unto me a dead and deformed thing, no way meet for affectionate embraces. For these and the like reasons, I shall first inquire into our behold of the glory of Christ in this world by faith; and therein endeavour to lead the souls of them that believe, into the more retired walks of faith, love, and holy meditation, whereby the king is held in his galleries, Cant. vii. 5" (p. 381).
Most would agree that Owens style of writing makes him much more difficult to read than some other prominent Puritans such as Thomas Watson,Jeremiah Burroughs,Richard Baxter and Thomas Manton.Since many find Owen so difficult to read hopefully the abridgements that R.J.K.Law has done will give some of John Owens more important works the wider audience which they so richly deserve. Owens 'Meditations on the Glory of Christ ' were first published a year after his death.
John Owen being near death contemplated much on the Glory of his Saviour and these meditations are the fruit of those c9ontemplations at that time in his life.
In the chapter 'Beholding the Glory of Christ by Faith and by Sight' Owen writes on p.102 " The actual sight of Christ is what all the saints of God desire in this life more than anything else-to depart to be with Christ(Phil.1:23);'to be absent from the body and present with the Lord'(2Cor.5:8).Those who do not long for this sight of Christ's glory as their highest joy are unspiritual and blind."
When we contemplate the glory of Christ our minds soar from the things of earth and we are enabled to set our hearts on the things above.If your love for the Lord Jesus Christ is waning ,this is one of those rare books(that under God's blessing)can take that spark of love and fan it into a roaring flame.
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I thought that I knew something of the glory of Christ, but upon reading this, it showed me Mr.Read more