Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1
Directions against covetousness – Two: (4.) Consider the life of Christ and how he condemned worldliness by his example. He did not choose to be a prince, to have great possessions, lands, money, and bountiful provisions: ‘The Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head’ (Luke 9:58). His whole life is a perfect example of the contempt of the prosperity of this world (2 Cor. 8:9). (5.) Consider also the early believers. Did they not condemn worldliness? They sold their possessions and laid the at the apostles’ feet. (6.) Consider the purpose of earthly things. Renounce them as a provision for lust, and devote them to God with yourselves. These sweet blessings enable us by faith to taste heaven’s sweetness. They are drops from the river of eternal pleasures. They are messengers from heaven to testify of our Father’s care and love. They direct us to thankfulness, love, and duty. They transmit a deep impression of the goodness of God upon the soul. They are tools by which we must do much of our Master’s work, express love to one another, and thus our Master. (7.) Remember that God has promised to provide for you if you seek first his kingdom and righteousness. If you truly believe that he is God, and that he is true, and that his particular providence extends to the numbering of your hair, you will surely trust him rather than trust to your own industry. His provision is better than your own. All your own care cannot keep you alive an hour, nor can it prosper any of your labours. (8.) Call yourselves to a daily reckoning how you have laid out all that is committed to your trust. Be more careful how to use what you have than to get more. This will quench your thirst after plenty and prosperity. We will give a strict account of our stewardship.
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