Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, Romans 5:20
The Lord looks more upon your graces than he does upon your weaknesses. The Lord did not cast off Peter for his horrid sins, but rather looked upon him with an eye of love and pity: ‘But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee’ (Mark 16:7). O admirable love! O matchless mercy! Christ looked more upon Peter’s sorrow than his sin, more upon his tears than his oaths. The Lord will not cast away weak saints for their great unbelief, because there is a little faith in them, or for their hypocrisy because of the little sincerity that is in them, or for their pride because of the rays of humility that shine in them, or for their passion because of the grains of meekness that are in them. We will not throw away a little gold, because of a great deal of dross that cleaves to it, or a little gold, because it is mixed with much chaff, and will God? Will God? We do not cast away our garments because of some flaws. Will the Lord cast away his dearest ones, because of their spots, blots, and flaws? Surely no! God looks more upon the bright side of the cloud than the dark. God looks upon the pearl, and spot the spot in it. Where God sees but a little grace, he does as it were hide his eyes from those circumstances that might seem to deface the glory of it. Ah! Weak Christians are more apt to look upon their infirmities than on their graces, and because their gold is mixed with a great deal of dross, they are ready to throw away all as dross. Well, remember this: the Lord Jesus has as great an interest in the weakest saints as the strongest. He has an interest as a friend, a father, a husband. Yes, though the saints are weak, yea, very weak, he cannot but overlook their weakness, and keep a fixed eye upon their graces.
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