Wednesday, March 05, 2008

John Owen on the Glory of Christ

In his book entitled The Glory of Christ, John Owen writes:

"The greatest desire that Christ expressed in his prayer was that his people might be with him to behold his glory (John 17:24). It is clear that in this prayer the Lord Christ was referring to his own glory and the actual sight of it (John 17:4-5). He is not concerned that his disciples should merely see how glorious he was, but that the beholding of his glory might bring encouragement, strength, satisfaction and blessedness to his disciples. This was the whole reason why his mediatory glory was given to him. When Joseph had revealed himself to his brothers, he charged them that they should tell his father of all his 'glory in Egypt' (Genesis 45:13). He did not do this to boast of his own glory, but because he knew how happy and satisfied his father would be when he knew in what a glorious position his son was. Similarly, the Lord Christ desired that his disciples should see his glory in order that they might be filled with joy and happiness for evermore."

Indeed, by the grace of Christ we live to take our joy in the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ! I'm off tomorrow (since I worked this last Monday), so pray for me and I'll pray for you, that we will have eyes to see Christ and hearts to savor him and lips to speak of him and hands and feet to serve him.

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