“I desire to be brought to this loss every day” by John Owen

“Herein, then, I say, we may by faith behold the glory of Christ, as we shall do it by sight hereafter.

If we see no glory in it, if we discern not that which is matter of eternal admiration, we walk in darkness.

It is the most ineffable effect of divine wisdom and grace.

Where are our hearts and minds, if we can see no glory in it?

I know in the contemplation of it, it will quickly overwhelm our reason, and bring our understanding into a loss.

But unto this loss do I desire to be brought every day; for when faith can no more act itself in comprehension, when it finds the object it is fixed on too great and glorious to be brought into our minds and capacities, it will issue in holy admiration, humble adoration, and joyful thanksgiving.

In and by its actings in them doth it fill the soul with ‘joy unspeakable, and full of glory.’ (1 Peter 1:8)”

–John Owen, “Meditations and Discourses on the Glory of Christ,” The Works of John Owen, Volume 1: The Glory of Christ (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1684/2000), 1: 333.

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