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The Glory of Christ (Works of John Owen, Volume 1)

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Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.83" Width: 5.82" Height: 1.58"
Weight:   2.06 lbs.
Binding  Library Binding
Release Date   Aug 1, 2000
Publisher   Banner of Truth
ISBN  0851511236  
EAN  9780851511238  

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In volume 1 of this reprint of John Owen's works, edited by W. H. Goold, Andrew Thomson's excellent biography sympathetically traces his life and experience from his birth at Stadhampton, though his pastoral ministries in Fordham and Coggeshall, his years of public service as chaplain at Cromwell and vice-chancellor of Oxford University, until his last days as a preacher and pastor in London. Also included in this volume are some of his early works, including two pieces that show his intense pastoral concern. They, like the other sections of this fine volume, more than repay careful study.

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John Owen John Owen (1616-1683) was an early Puritan advocate of Congregationalism and Reformed theology.

Born at Stadhampton, Oxfordshire, Owen was educated at Queen's College, Oxford, where he studied classics and theology and was ordained. Because of the "high-church" innovations introduced by Archbishop William Laud, he left the university to be a chaplain to the family of a noble lord. His first parish was at Fordham in Essex, to which he went while the nation was involved in civil war. Here he became convinced that the Congregational way was the scriptural form of church government. In his next charge, the parish of Coggeshall. in Essex, he acted both as the pastor of a gathered church and as the minister of the parish. This was possible because the parliament, at war with the king, had removed bishops. In practice, this meant that the parishes could go their own way in worship and organization.

Oliver Cromwell liked Owen and took him as his chaplain on his expeditions both to Ireland and Scotland (1649-1651). Owen's fame was at its height from 1651 to 1660 when he played a prominent part in the religious, political, and academic life of the nation. Appointed dean of Christ Church, Oxford, in 1651, he became also vice-chancellor of the university in 1652, a post he held for five years with great distinction and with a marked impartiality not often found in Puritan divines. This led him also to disagreement, even with Cromwell, over the latter's assumption of the protectorship. Owen retained his deanery until 1659. Shortly after the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660, he moved to London, where he was active in preaching and writing until his death. He declined invitations to the ministry in Boston (1663) and the presidency of Harvard (1670) and chided New England Congregationalists for intolerance. He turned aside also from high preferment when his influence was acknowledged by governmental attempts to persuade him to relinquish Nonconformity in favor of the established church.

His numerous works include The Display of Arminianism (1642); Eshcol, or Rules of Direction for the Walking of the Saints in Fellowship (1648), an exposition of Congregational principles; Saius Electorum, Sanguis Jesu (1648), another anti-Arminian polemic; Diatriba de Divina Justitia (1658), an attack on Socinianism; Of the Divine Original Authority of the Scriptures (1659); Theologoumena Pantodapa (1661), a history from creation to Reformation; Animadversions to Fiat Lux (1662), replying to a Roman Catholic treatise; Doctrine of Justification by Faith (1677); and Exercitationes on the Epistle to the Hebrews (1668-1684).

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Great thoughts from one of history's greatest minds  May 16, 2008
John Owen's The Glory of Christ is an indispensable volume of notations concerning our maker and redeemer. Not simply on his character, although this makes up a huge portion of his words, but more specifically how that affects his people.

This version of The Glory of Christ was republished by Banner of Truth (quickly growing to be one of my favorite publishers) and was abridged and made easy to read by R.J.K Law. If you've ever read Owen's work in its original form, what you'll find is a profound body of text that takes four or five times as long to consume as regular literature. Partly because of the period writing style, but also, Owen clearly carried an anointing from God of some sort that allowed him to expound profound and difficult spiritual truths. You'll find Owen's work more potent that almost anything you pull off a Christian bookshop today (even in its abridged form). Banner of Truth has given Law's work their stamp of approval to say that it is a very reverent treatment of Owen's original text. While I have not read Owen's original work, I do trust Banner of Truth's judgment.

Owen begins his treaties by explaining that all spiritual vigor rises out of the believers gazing upon Christ's glory; his divine attributes, his abundant mercies, his penetrating love. From this conviction, Owen teaches us about some of the different ways we can view Christ as glorious: as God's representative, in his person, in his humbling himself, in his love as a mediator, in his work as a mediator, in his exaltation, his presence in the Old Testament, his oneness with his Church, in his giving himself to the Church and in his work to restore all things to glory in him.

Owen explains the difference between viewing Christ by sight and viewing Christ by faith. We see that in this life, our hope is found in viewing Christ by faith, but in the life to come, we will view him by sight in his glory as we also will be glorified. Owen closes his argument with a stirring arrest of spiritual decay; how it is seen, identified and fought against.

This book, unlike any other I have read before stirred me to excitement over my own future glory in Christ. Heaven remains an abstract idea, however, Owen's descriptions of Christ's glorified state and our inheritance therein have stirred me to excitement and hope. For me, that has seemed providential; the truths that Owen lays out in this work provided encouragement necessary to me as I have been working through a spiritually trying period.

I recommend this book to all believers. You will find it easy to read and easy to understand. The truths and exhortations in this text are indispensable and have the potential for good fruit in any faithful believer.
Great, but I have read a better or probably a mere more readable one  Dec 21, 2005
Here Owen attempted to expose the excellencies of Christ from various points of view in the Scriptures including the Old Testament, a much needed reminder for Christians; both laymen and preachers, what the gospel is all about. Way too often some modern-day preachers share man-centered gospel and describe salvation through Christ as if it were simply a fire insurance policy to keep people out of hell.
However, despite the abridged version and a sincere effort by Dr. Law to make the text more readable than the original one, I still tend to like a similar text by Jonathan Edwards entitled "The Excellencies of Christ" (1736) better. Maybe I just wasn't patient enough to slowly go through it, like "a title gazer, one who comest into books as Cato into the theatre, to go out again..."
Inexaustible Riches  Jul 9, 2005
To meditate on the person of Christ in all His glory will be beneficial to anyone who love the Christ of the Scriptures. Any book that can help us to see something of His glory is certainly worthy of our time and attention. John Owen was undoubtably one of the great Puritan theologians, and among the greatest theologians that the Church of Christ has ever had.
Most would agree that Owens style of writing makes him much more difficult to read than some other prominent Puritans such as Thomas Watson,Jeremiah Burroughs,Richard Baxter and Thomas Manton.Since many find Owen so difficult to read hopefully the abridgements that R.J.K.Law has done will give some of John Owens more important works the wider audience which they so richly deserve. Owens 'Meditations on the Glory of Christ ' were first published a year after his death.
John Owen being near death contemplated much on the Glory of his Saviour and these meditations are the fruit of those c9ontemplations at that time in his life.
In the chapter 'Beholding the Glory of Christ by Faith and by Sight' Owen writes on p.102 " The actual sight of Christ is what all the saints of God desire in this life more than anything else-to depart to be with Christ(Phil.1:23);'to be absent from the body and present with the Lord'(2Cor.5:8).Those who do not long for this sight of Christ's glory as their highest joy are unspiritual and blind."
When we contemplate the glory of Christ our minds soar from the things of earth and we are enabled to set our hearts on the things above.If your love for the Lord Jesus Christ is waning ,this is one of those rare books(that under God's blessing)can take that spark of love and fan it into a roaring flame.
A Profound Treatment of a Vast Subject  Feb 10, 2001
Though Owen is in no sense an easy read, here is a work with a profundity that makes any amount of struggle well worth the effort. One senses, in the author a deep personal spirituality and an intense devotion to his subject. Though the work is several hundred years old it anticipates much of the modern discussion and no important issue is skirted. Owen provides a deep and finely nuanced treatment of Christ for the advanced reader. The title well captures the content of this book.

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