“Our Master is holy” by John Owen

Explication XV. Holiness becometh the house of the Lord for ever; without it none shall see God. Christ died to wash His church, to present it before His Father without spot or blemish; to purchase unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

It is the kingdom of God within us, and by which it appeareth unto all that we are the children of the kingdom. Let this, then, be the great discriminating character of the church from the world, that they are a holy, humble, self-denying people.

Our Master is holy; His doctrine and worship are holy: let us strive that our hearts may also be holy. This is our wisdom towards them that are without, whereby they may be guided or convinced; this is the means whereby we build up one another most effectually.”

–John Owen, “Eschol: A Cluster of the Fruit of Canaan; Or Rules of Walking in Fellowship, With Reference to the Pastor or Minister That Watcheth For Our Souls,” in The Works of John Owen, ed. William Goold, 24 vols. (Edinburgh: Johnson & Hunter; 1850-1855; reprint by Banner of Truth, 1965), 13:86.

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