Saturday, August 30, 2014

Owen: hope and grace

Saturday, August 30, 2014
    Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
    —Romans 5:1-2 (NIV)
    It is to no purpose to boast of Christ, if we have not an evidence of His graces in our hearts and lives. But unto whom He is the hope of future glory, unto them He is the life of present grace.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683), The Glory of Christ [1684, 1691], in Works of John Owen, v. I, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1850, p. 318 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 5:1-2; Matt. 5:16; John 10:7-9; 14:6; Eph. 2:10,18; 3:12; Tit. 2:7-8,11-14; 1 Pet. 2:12; 3:15-16; Rev. 3:20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, pour out Your grace to me, so that _____ and _____ may know that You are God.
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