Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | March 23, 2008

Lord’s Day Quote: John Owen

The effect, also, and actual product of the work itself, or what is accomplished and fulfilled by the death, blood-shedding, or oblation of Jesus Christ, is no less clearly manifested, but is as fully, and very often more distinctly, expressed; – as, first, Reconciliation with God, by removing and slaying the enmity that was between him and us; for “when we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son,” Rom 5:10.  “God was in him reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them,” 2 Cor 5:19; yea, he hath “reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ,” verse 18.  And  if you would know how this reconciliation was effected, the apostle will tell you that “he abolished in his flesh the enmity, the law of commandments consisting in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; and that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby,” Eph 2:15,16: so that “he is our peace,” verse 14. 

Secondly, Justification, by taking away the guilt of sins, procuring remissions and pardon of them, redeeming us from their power, with the curse and wrath due unto us for them; for “by his own blood he entered into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us,” Heb 9:12.  “He redeemed us from the curse, being made a curse for us,” Gal 3:13; “his own self bearing our sins in his own body on the tree,” 1Pet 2:24.   We have “all sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” but are “justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins,” Rom 3:23-25: for “in him we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins,” Col 1:14.

Thirdly, Sanctification, by the purging away of uncleanness and pollution of our sins, renewing in us the image of God, and supplying us with the graces of the Spirit of holiness:  for “the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself to God, purgeth our consciences from dead works, that we may serve the living God,” Heb 10:14; yea, “the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin,” 1 John 1:7.  “By himself he purged our sins,” Heb 1:3. “To sanctify the people with his own blood, he suffered without the gate,” chap. 13:12.  “He gave himself for the church to sanctify and cleanse it, that it should be holy and without blemish,” Eph 5:25-27.  Peculiarly amongst the graces of the Spirit , “it is given to us,”ὑπερ χριστου,”for Christ’s sake, to believe on him,” Phil 1:29; God “blessing us in him with all spiritual blessings in heavenly place,” Eph 1:3.

Fourthly, Adoption, with that evangelical liberty and all those glorious privileges which appertain to the sons of God; for “God sent forth his Son made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons,” Gal 4:4,5. 

Fifthly, neither do the effects of the death of Christ rest here; they leave us not until we are settled in heaven, in glory and immortality for ever.  Our inheritance is a “purchased possession,” Eph 1:14: “And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgression that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance,” Heb 9:15.  The sum of all is, – The death and blood-shedding of Jesus Christ hath wrought, and doth effectually procure, for all those that are concerned in it, eternal redemption, consisting in grace here and glory hereafter.

John Owen, The Death of Death in the Death of Christ Book I, Chap I.2

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  1. Hope you visit, please, our Reformed/Neo-Puritan web site TheAmericanView.com. Here’s our “Mission Statement.” God bless you all – and He does bless us when we OBEY Him.

    John Lofton, Editor
    Recovering Republican
    JLof@aol.com

    Mission Statement
    “For the nation and kingdom that shall not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.” — Isaiah 60:12.

    As Christians, we are commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ to teach all nations — including ours — to observe all things He has commanded (Matthew 28:18-20). This means bringing into captivity to Christ all areas of life and thought. This means destroying arguments that are against the knowledge of God (II Corinthians 10:5). In obedience to these commands of our Lord, this Web site is established. We covet your prayers for our success in obeying Him.

    We are seriously concerned about, deeply grieved by and lament the fact that far too many of today’s so-called “Christian leaders” are a sinful embarrassment and are responsible for the cause of Christ being mocked and ridiculed. By being, first, cheerleaders for the Republican Party, they have dishonored their Lord and sold their Christian birthright for a mess of partisan political pottage. These individuals and organizations are Christian in name only, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.” From such, it is added, we must turn away.

    Secular, Christless conservatism — even when it is supposedly “compassionate” — will not defeat secular, Christless liberalism because to God they are two atheistic peas-in-a-pod and, thus, predestined to failure.

    More than 100 years ago, speaking of the secular, Christless conservatism of his time, the great Southern Presbyterian theologian, Robert L. Dabney, observed:

    “[Its] history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution, to be denounced and then adopted in its turn. American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward to perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt hath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It tends to risk nothing serious for the sake of truth.”

    Amen! And what Dabney says has been proven with a vengeance in modern times, under recent Republican Administrations and Congresses who were supported enthusiastically by individuals and organizations who called themselves “Christian” but who, alas, when judged by their fruits, were not.

    To those who will accuse of us of desiring and trying to bring about “a Christian America,” we unashamedly plead guilty though the accusation is far too modest and somewhat muddled. To be sure, we desire a Christian America, and a Christian world, a Christian galaxy and a Christian universe. And, over time, by His grace, we hope to demonstrate that all these things already belong to the Lord Jesus Christ because He created them all and they are His property. This is why all knees must bow to the Lord and all tongues confess that He is the Lord — because He is!

    Jude 1:3 3

    “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” (KJV)

    JOHN LOFTON / RECOVERING REPUBLICAN
    For more than 35 years John Lofton has covered national politics and cultural/religious issues as a journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist, TV-radio commentator/analyst and political advisor.
    • Editor, “Monday,” the weekly, national publication of the Republican National Committee, 1970-73.
    • Nationally-syndicated columnist for “United Features” Syndicate in more than 100 papers nationwide, 1973-80.
    • Editor, “Battleline,” monthly newsletter of The American Conservative Union, 1977-80.
    • Editor, “Conservative Digest” magazine, 1980-82.
    • Columnist, “The Washington Times” newspaper, 1982-89.
    • Program-host/commentator, “America’s Voice,” a national cable TV network in all 50 states, 1998-99.
    • A commentator on the “Mutual Radio Network;”
    • An advisor to the Presidential campaign of Pat Buchanan;
    • Author of a monthly column on the Federal bureaucracy for Howard Phillips’ “Conservative Caucus.”
    • Has written articles for the NRA magazine “America’s First Freedom”; Gun Owners Of America.
    • Communications Director for Constitution Party Presidential candidate Michael Anthony Peroutka in 2004.
    • Co–host with Michael Peroutka of “The American View” radio program nationally-syndicated by “Radio America.”
    John Lofton has given numerous speeches before various groups, Liberal and Conservative, including Liberty University/Bob Jones University. He has appeared on every major TV/radio talk show (including the Comedy Channel’s “Daily Show”/“Politically Incorrect”) to debate every imaginable kind of anti-Christian goofball — and some who are unimaginable but who do, alas, exist. And he never went to college which is why he is so smart. He can be reached at: Phone: (301) 410-760-8885; cell phone: 301-873-4612; email: JLof@aol.com

  2. John,

    Sounds like you are very zealous for the law and the transformation of culture.

    Do you possess the same zeal to share the Gospel?

    Please read when you have a chance:

    https://msamudio.wordpress.com/2007/12/21/does-john-point-his-followers-to-christ-intentionally-lesson-5-question-1-answer/

    S2C


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