January 29

 

In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.  John 16:23

 

The love of Christ daily loads us with benefits.  He gives us nothing but what is good. He blesses our curses, temptations, afflictions, sin, and death, and they all prove good to us.  Even all his ways prove good to us; and not only all the ways of God, who loves us in Christ, but all the ways of those who hate us, whether reprobates of devils (Rom. 8:28).  This is the great privilege of those whom Christ loves; nothing shall befall them, but what shall prove good for them.  They may conclude, in whatever condition they are in, it is the best for them, and if it had not been so, they would never have been brought into it; and whenever it shall cease to be so, they shall be removed out of it.  This is the sweetest privilege, yet the most difficult to believe at all ties, since there is often great opposition to it by our sense and reason, yet it is most true.  Christ’s love gives us whatever is good: ‘No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly’ (Psa. 84:11).  ‘The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing’ (Psa. 34:10).  Take a survey of heaven and earth, and all things therein, and whatever upon sure grounds appears good, ask for it confidently from Christ, for his love will not deny it.  If it were good for you that there was no sin, no devil, no affliction, no destruction, the love of Christ would instantly abolish these.  Nay, if the possession of all the kingdoms of the world were absolutely good for any saint, the love of Christ would instantly crown him the monarch over them.  Christ’s love will give you whatever you can desire.  For what reasonable man can desire that which is not good?  All that is good the promises of God have already assured you (Psa. 37:4).

 

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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