The Works of John Owen (1616-1683)
Volume One, The Banner of Truth Trust
1) Wherefore, as we ought always to
admire sovereign grace in the few that shall be saved, so we have no ground
to reflect on divine goodness in the multitudes that perish, especially
considering that they all voluntarily continue in their sin and apostasy.
2) There is nothing so unbecoming a Christian as to have his mind always
exercised about, always filled with thoughts of, earthly things. And
according as men's thoughts are exercised about them, their affections are
increased and inflamed towards them.
3) But this is the state of them who live in the due exercise of faith, this
they pant and breathe after, namely, that they may be delivered from all
darkness, unstable thoughts, and imperfect apprehensions of the glory of God
4) Men are not so vain as to hope for skill and understanding in the mystery
of a secular art or trade, without the diligent use of those means whereby
it may be attained; and shall we suppose that we may be furnished with
spiritual skill and wisdom in this sacred mystery, without diligence in the
use of the means appointed of God for the attaining of it? The principal of
them is fervent prayer.
5) As believers beholding the glory of Christ in the blessed glass of the
Gospel are changed into the same image and likeness by the Spirit of the
Lord; so these persons, beholding the beauty of the world and the things
that are in it in the cursed glass of self-love, are in their minds changed
into the same image.
6) The peace which some enjoy is a mere stupidity.
7) Where light leaves the affections behind, it ends in formality or
atheism; and where affections outrun light, they sink in the bog of
superstition, doting on images and pictures, or the like.
8) And when all the faculties of the soul can, without any internal weakness
or external hindrances, exercise their most perfect operations on the most
perfect object, therein lies all the blessedness which our nature is capable
9) No man can have the least ground of assurance that he has seen Christ and
his glory by faith, without some effects of it changing him into his
10) ...wherever there is a declaration of the excellencies of Christ, in his
person, grace, or office, it should be accompanied with an invitation and
exhortation unto sinners to come unto him.