John Owen On Communion with God the Father

I’m slowly working my way through Owen’s Communion With God (is there any other way to read Owen?), and I’m struck by how pastoral his prolixity is. Hear some of the practical Christian struggles with which he deals as he writes of our communion with God the Father: “Christians walk oftentimes with exceedingly troubled hearts, concerning the thoughts of the Father toward them. They are well persuaded of the Lord Christ and his good will; the difficulty lies in what is their acceptance with the Father – what is his heart towards them? … Many dark and disturbing thoughts are apt to arise [as believers struggle to believe that God loves them]. Few can carry their hearts and minds to this height by faith, as to rest their souls in the love of the Father; the live below it, in the troublesome region of hopes and fears, storms and clouds. All here is serene and quiet. But how to attain to this pitch they know not. This is the will of God, that he may always be eyed as benign, kind, tender, loving, and unchangeable therein; and that peculiarly as the Father, as the great fountain and spring of all gracious communications and fruits of love…So long as the Father is looked on under any other apprehension, [except] as acting love upon the soul, it breeds in the soul a dread and aversation [that is, a turning from in dislike, an aversion]. But when he who is the Father is considered as a father, acting love on the soul, this raises [the soul] to love again.” (Communion with God, 21-24). We commune with God the Father primarily by receiving/believing His love for us, and by loving Him in response. May the Lord allow us to walk in the love of God this day.



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