Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | April 20, 2008

Lord’s Day Quote: John Owen

The second fulness that was in Christ was a communicated fulness, which was in him by dispensation from his Father, bestowed upon him to fit him for his work and office as he was and is the “Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” 1 Tim 2:5; not as he is the “Lord of hosts,” but as he is “Emmanuel, God with us,” Matt 1:23; as he was a “son given to us, called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace, upon whose shoulder the government was to be,” Isa 9:6.  It is a fulness of grace; not that essential which is of the nature of the Deity, but that which is habitual and infused into the humanity as personally united to the other; which, though it be not absolutely infinite, as the other is, yet it extends itself to all perfections of grace, both in respect of parts and degree.

There is no grace that is not in Christ, and every grace is in him in the highest degree: so that whatsoever the perfection of grace, either for the several kinds or respective advancements thereof, requireth, is in him habitually, by the collation of his Father for this very purpose, and for the accomplishment of the work designed; which, though (as before) it cannot properly be said to be infinite, yet it is boundless and endless.  It is in him as the light in the beams of the sun, and as water in a living fountain which can never fail. 

He is the “candlestick” from whence the “golden pipes do empty the golden oil out of themselves.” Zech 4:12, into all that are his; for he is the “the beginning, the first-born from the dead, in all things having the pre-eminence; for it please the Father that in him should all fulness dwell,” Col 1:18-19.  In him he caused to be “hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,” Col 2:3 and; “in him dwelt all the fulness of the Godhead somatikas (bodily),” substantially or personally, verse 9; that “of fulness we might all receive grace for grace,” John 1:16, in a continual supply.  So that setting upon the work of redemption, he looks upon this in the first place.

John Owen, The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, Book I, Ch II.1.2


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