The following paragraph is one of gospel proclamation and purpose in Owen’s writing of Communion with God. It stirs me to exultation in the gospel with a fresh reminder some 350 years old.
It is, then, I say of that mutual communication in giving and receiving, after a most holy and spiritual manner, which is between God and the saints while they walk together in a covenant of peace, ratified in the blood of Jesus, whereof we are to treat. And this we shall do, if God permit; in the meantime praying the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who hath, of the riches of his grace, recovered us from a state of enmity into a condition of communion and fellowship with himself, that both he that writes, and they that read the words of his mercy, may have a taste of his sweetness and excellencies therein, as to be stirred up to a farther longing after the fullness of his salvation, and the eternal fruition of him in glory.
– from Communion With God, John Owen. Banner of Truth ed. p. 9.