The Firmest Union – A Gospel Cordial from John Owen

Unto them that believe unto the saving work of the soul, he is, he always hath been, precious–the sun, the rock, the life, the bread of their souls–everything that is good, useful, amiable, desirable, here or unto eternity. In, form, and by him, is all their spiritual and eternal life, light, power, growth, consolation, and joy here; with everlasting salvation hereafter. By him alone do they desire, expect, and obtain deliverance from that woful apostacy from God, which is accompanied with–which containeth in it virtually and meritoriously–whatever is evil, noxious, and destructive unto our nature, and which, without relief, will issue in eternal misery. By him are they brought into the nearest cognation, alliance, and friendship with God, the firmest union unto him, and the most holy communion with him, that our finite natures are capable of, and so conducted unto the eternal enjoyment of him. For in him “shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory;” for “Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation;” they “shall not be ashamed or confounded, world without end.

– John Owen, from The Glory of Christ 

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