March 16

 

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.  John 15:13

 

The love of Christ – O boundless love!  O the unsearchable riches of Christ’s love!  O happy souls that have interest in this love, in these riches!  This love made God willing to be made a curse, the Lord of life to die a base, accursed, and cruel death.  Lord, there was no sorrow like your sorrow, no love like your love.  Was it not enough, dearest Saviour, that you condescended to pray, sigh, and weep for us, but were willing also to bleed and die for us?  Was it not enough that you were hated, slandered, and blasphemed, but also scourged, nailed, wounded, and crucified?  Was it not enough that you felt the cruelty of man, but also underwent the wrath of God?  Was it not enough that you died not only once, but actually twice in soul and body enduring the second death?  O the transcendent love of Christ!  Heaven and earth are astonished at it.  What tongue can express it?  What heart can conceive it?  The tongues, the thoughts of men and angels are far below it.  O the height, depth, breadth, and length of the love of Christ!  The love of Christ is free, unchangeable, and incomprehensible.  He loved us when we had no beauty to attract his affections.  We lay trodden under foot and polluted in our blood.  There is nothing lovely in man.  Christ knew all this clearly.  In eternity past Christ saw all our faults, and not one after another, but all together.  This adds great wonder to the love of Christ.  He saw every perverse look, every unkind gesture, every rebellious motion, every disingenuous act.  Every heart was visible from eternity.  Here is the wonder of Christ’s love:  it is fixed upon man, the worst of creatures.  Consider his resolution, and wonder:  I will give eternal life to those who have dishonoured me.

 

Biblical Theology

 

Lovers of theology, and particularly of the Puritans, will welcome this English translation of John Owen’s Latin writings. The major portion of this volume is a history of theology from Adam to Christ. Owen characterizes evangelical theology as a gift of the Holy Spirit generating faith in Christ, holiness through Christ, and worship of Christ.

 

Appendixed to this important work is Owen’s Defense of Scripture against Modern Fanaticism, which is a defense of the authority and proper interpretation of the Bible against the subjectivism of his day.

 

“Published in Latin in 1661 as a contribution to international Reformed scholarship, this treatise draws on a very wide range of learning. The final part, in particular, where Owen characterizes evangelical theology as a gift of the Holy Spirit generating faith in Christ, holiness through Christ, and worship of Christ, is pure gold. To have it now – at last! – in English is a great boon. Those with a taste for Owen, or for theology, or (best of all) for both, will read this Puritan proto-Biblical Theology with joy.”

– J.I. Packer

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