Monday, October 31, 2005

CQOD: 11/01/05 -- Owen: on the Sabbath

Christian Quotation of the Day

November 1, 2005
Feast of All Saints
    Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
    -- Exodus 20:8 (KJV)

    Let men in whose hearts are the ways of God seriously consider the use that hath been made, under the blessing of God, of the conscientious observation of the Lord’s day, in the past and present ages, unto the promotion of holiness, righteousness, and religion universally, in the power of it; and if they are not under invincible prejudices, it will be very difficult for them to judge that it is a plant which our heavenly Father hath not planted. For my part, I must not only say, but plead whilst I live in this world, and leave this testimony to the present and future ages, if these papers see the light and do survive, that if I have ever seen any thing in the ways and worship of God wherein the power of religion or godliness hath been expressed, any thing that hath represented the holiness of the gospel and the Author of it, any thing that hath looked like a preludium unto the everlasting Sabbath and rest with God, which we aim through grace to come unto, it hath been there and with them where and amongst whom the Lord’s day hath been had in highest esteem, and a strict observation of it attended unto, as an ordinance of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I thank you for the grace of keeping a holy day in Your name.

See Believer's Desktop Companion 2004

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