Sunday, October 17, 2010

Owen: perfect peace

Sunday, October 17, 2010
    Feast of Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr, c.107
    Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
    —Philippians 2:12-13 (NIV)
    There is a state of perfect peace with God to be attained under imperfect obedience.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683), An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews, ch. VIII-X, in Works of John Owen, v. XXIII, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1855, p. 251 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, incline my heart towards obedience to Your word.
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