Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Owen: all enter by forgiveness

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
    Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
    —Romans 5:20 (KJV)
    Poor souls are apt to think that all those whom they read of or hear of to be gone to heaven, went thither because they were so good and so holy... Yet not one of them, not any one that is now in heaven, Jesus Christ alone excepted, did ever come thither any other way but by forgiveness of sin; and that will also bring us thither, though we come short of many of them in holiness and grace.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683), An Exposition upon Psalm CXXX [1668], in Works of John Owen, v. VI, New York: R. Carter & Bros., 1851, p. 447 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 5:20; Ps. 25:11; 130:1-4; Isa. 1:18; Mic. 7:18; Matt. 9:13; Luke 23:39-43; 1 Tim. 1:15-16; Rev. 1:5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me pardon also.
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