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“Give Me thy burden, give Me all thy sins” by John Owen

“How do the saints hold communion with Christ as to their acceptation with God?

They hearken to the voice of Christ calling them to Him with their burden, “Come unto Me, all ye that are weary and heavy laden.’

‘Come with your burdens; come, thou poor soul, with thy guilt of sin.’ Why? What to do?

‘Why, this is mine,’ saith Christ, ‘this agreement I made with My Father, that I should come, and take thy sins, and bear them away: they were my lot. Give Me thy burden, give Me all thy sins. Thou knowest not what to do with them; I know how to dispose of them well enough, so that God shall be glorified, and thy soul delivered.”

They lay down their sins at the cross of Christ, upon His shoulders.

This is faith’s great and bold venture upon the grace, faithfulness, and truth of God, to stand by the cross and say:

“Ah! He is bruised for my sins, and wounded for my transgressions, and the chastisement of my peace is upon Him. He is thus made sin for me. Here I give up my sins to Him that is able to bear them, to undergo them. He requires it of my hands, that I should be content that He should undertake for them; and that I heartily consent unto.”

This is every day’s work; I know not how any peace can be maintained with God without it. If it be the work of souls to receive Christ, as made sin for us, we must receive Him as one that takes our sins upon Him.

Not as though He died any more, or suffered any more; but as the faith of the saints of old made that present and done before their eyes which had not yet come to pass (Heb. 11:1), so faith now makes that present which was accomplished and past many generations ago.

This it is to know Christ crucified.”

–John Owen, The Works of John Owen, Volume 2: Communion With God (ed. William H. Goold; Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1850-53/1997), 194.

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“Christ is the delight of all believers” by John Owen

“The saints’ delight is in Christ: He is their joy, their crown, their rejoicing, their life, food, health, strength, desire, righteousness, salvation, blessedness: without Him they have nothing; in Him they shall find all things. ‘God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ’ (Gal. 6:14). He has, from the foundation of the world, been the hope, expectation, desire, and delight of all believers.”

–John Owen, Communion with the Triune God, Eds. Kelly Kapic and Justin Taylor (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1657/2007), 236.

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“The Father’s love” by John Owen

“Assure yourself, there is nothing more acceptable unto the Father than for us to keep up our hearts unto Him as the eternal fountain of all that rich grace which flows out to sinners in the blood of Jesus.

This will be exceeding effectual to endear your soul unto God, to cause you to delight in Him, and to make your abode with Him.

Many saints have no greater burden in their lives than that their hearts do not come clearly and fully up, constantly to delight and rejoice in God—that there is still an unwillingness of spirit unto close walking with Him. What is at the bottom of this distemper?

Is it not their unskillfulness in or neglect of this duty, even of holding communion with the Father in love? So much as we see of the love of God, so much shall we delight in him, and no more. Every other discovery of God, without this, will but make the soul fly from Him.

But if the heart be once much taken up with this the eminency of the Father’s love, it cannot choose but be overpowered, conquered, and endeared unto Him. This, if anything, will work upon us to make our abode with Him.

If the love of a father will not make a child delight in him, what will? Exercise your thoughts upon this very thing, the eternal, free, and fruitful love of the Father, and see if your hearts be not wrought upon to delight in Him.

I dare boldly say: believers will find it as thriving a course as ever they pitched on in their lives. Sit down a little at the fountain, and you will quickly have a further discovery of the sweetness of the streams.

You who have run from Him, will not be able, after a while, to keep at a distance for a moment.”

–John Owen, Communion with the Triune God, Eds. Kelly Kapic and Justin Taylor (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1657/2007), 127-128.

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“Pouring out His oil” by John Owen

“When we find any of the good truths of the gospel come home to our souls with life, vigor, and power, giving us gladness of heart, transforming us into the image and likeness of it— the Holy Ghost is then at His work, pouring out of His oil.”

–John Owen, Communion with the Triune God, Eds. Kelly M. Kapic and Justin Taylor (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2007), 387-388.

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“The great preservative of the soul” by John Owen

“The Spirit teaches us of the love of God in Christ; He makes every gospel truth as wine well refined to our souls, and the good things of it to be a feast of fat things. He gives us joy and gladness of heart with all that we know of God; which is the great preservative of the soul to keep it close to truth.

The apostle speaks of our teaching by this unction, as the means whereby we are preserved from seduction. Indeed, to know any truth in the power, sweetness, joy, and gladness of it, is that great security of the soul’s constancy in the preservation and retaining of it. They will readily exchange truth for error, who find no more sweetness in the one than in the other.

All the privileges we enjoy, all the dignity and honor we are invested with, our whole dedication unto God, our nobility and royalty, our interest in all church advantages and approaches to God in worship, our separation from the world, the name whereby we are called, the liberty we enjoy— all flow from this head, all are branches of this effect of the Holy Ghost.”

–John Owen, Communion with the Triune God, Eds. Kelly M. Kapic and Justin Taylor (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2007), 387-388.

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“Because He loves His spouse” by John Owen

“He parted with the greatest glory, He underwent the greatest misery, He does the greatest works that ever were, because He loves His spouse—because He values believers. What can more, what can further be spoken? How little is the depth of that which is spoken fathomed! How unable are we to look into the mysterious recesses of it!

He so loves, so values His saints, as that, having from eternity undertaken to bring them to God, He rejoices His soul in the thoughts of it; and pursues His design through heaven and hell, life and death, by suffering and doing, in mercy and with power, and ceases not until He bring it to perfection.”

–John Owen, Communion With The Triune God, Eds. Kelly M. Kapic and Justin Taylor (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2007), 245.

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“One step toward hell” by John Owen

“All strength to walk with God is from Him. ‘I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me,’ says St. Paul (Phil. 4:13), who denies that of ourselves we have any sufficiency (2 Cor. 3:5). We that can do nothing in ourselves, we are such weaklings, can do all things in Jesus Christ, as giants; and therefore in Him we are, against all oppositions in our way, ‘more than conquerors’ (Rom. 8:37); and that because ‘from His fullness we receive grace for grace’ (John 1:16).

From Him have we the Spirit of life and power, whereby He bears, as on eagles’ wings, swiftly, safely, in the paths of walking with God. Any step that is taken in any way, by strength that is not immediately from Christ, is one step toward hell. He first takes us by the arm and teaches us to go, until He leads us on to perfection. He has milk and strong meat to feed us; He strengthens us with all might, and is with us in our running the race that is set before us.”

–John Owen, Communion With The Triune God, Eds. Kelly M. Kapic and Justin Taylor (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2007), 218-9.

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