The Glory of Christ and Our Sorrows

from Against Heresies

Helpful words from John Owen:

Our beholding by faith things which are not seen, things spiritual and eternal, will alleviate all our afflictions,–make their burden light, and preserve our souls from fainting under them. Of these things the glory of Christ..is the principal, and in a due sense comprehensive of them all. For we behold the glory of God himself “in the face of Jesus Christ.”

He that can at all times retreat unto the contemplation of this glory, will be carried above the perplexing prevailing sense of any of these evils, of a confluence of them all.

It is a woeful kind of life, when men scramble for poor perishing reliefs in their distresses. This is the universal remedy and cure,–the only balsam for all our diseases. Whatever presseth, urgeth, perplexeth, if we can but retreat in our minds unto a view of this glory, and a due consideration of our own interest therein, comfort and supportment will be administered to us.

From the preface to the reader, “Meditations and Discourses on The Glory of Christ,” in The Works of John Owen Volume 1, p. 278

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