In his preface to Meditations and Discourses on the Glory of Christ, John Owen wrote:
“It [the contemplation of the glory of Christ] is the way and means of conveying a sense of God’s love unto our souls; which is that alone where ultimately we find rest in the midst of all the troubles of this life; as the apostle declares, Rom. v. 2–5. It is the Spirit of God who alone communicates a sense of this love unto our souls; it is ‘shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost.’ Howbeit, there are ways and means to be used on our part, whereby we may be disposed and made meet to receive these communications of divine love. Among these the principal is the contemplation of the glory of Christ insisted on, and of God the Father in him.” (Page 9)
The glory of Christ is the substance of the gospel. Therefore, to clearly see Christ’s glory is to clearly see God’s love. They are inseparable. John Owen encourages us to make us of the means to have “a sense of God’s love unto our souls,” which is by way of contemplating the glory of Christ.
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