Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Owen: the goodness of God

Wednesday, August 10, 2022
    Feast of Lawrence, Deacon at Rome, Martyr, 258
    Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
    —1 John 3:2 (NIV)
    There is no property of God more celebrated in the Scripture than this of his goodness, and his giving out of the fruits of it to all his creatures. And he is so only good, that there is nothing so in any sense but by a participation of it, and a likeness unto him therein. They, therefore, who are like unto God, and they only, are useful in this world.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683), V.1 in A Discourse Concerning Holy Spirit, bk. I-V [1674], in Works of John Owen, v. III, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1852, p. 583 (see the book)
    See also 1 John 3:2; Ps. 136:1; 2 Cor. 3:18; 2 Tim. 2:20-21
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I long to see You.
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