Monday, October 12, 2015

Owen - The Bottom Line...

"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... 
"The main foundation of all the confidence and assurance whereof in this life we may be made partakers (which amounts to "joy unspeakable, and full of glory") ariseth from this strict connection of the oblation and intercession of Jesus Christ;---that by the one he hath procured all good things for us, and by the other he will procure them to be actually bestowed, whereby be doth never leave our sins, but follows them into every court, until they be fully pardoned and clearly expiated, Heb. 9: 26. He will never leave us until he hath saved to the uttermost them that come unto God by him."
John Owen, The Death of Death in the Death of Christ


  1. John Owen "For there is a faith whereby we are justified, which he who has shall be assuredly saved, which purifies the heart and works by love. And there is a faith or believing, which does nothing of all this; which he who has, and has no more, is not justified, nor can be saved"

    The death of of Christ not only entitles the elect to justification (even before they are justified) but also entitles the elect to conversion. The controversy today is about the nature of conversion. Some argue that, since regeneration is before faith, this means that faith is really works and obedence to the law. they say, you can and you will, and if you don't, you don't have saving faith no matter what the object of your faith. Some argue that, since Christ's death purchased faith for the elect, this makes it not a problem to call faith a condition, so that the work of the Holy Spirit in us becomes the real atonement.

    Even before they believe the gospel, the elect are entitled (because of Christ’s death) to the converting work of the Holy Spirit. Christ bought both the forgiveness of sins and the legal application of the legal satisfaction God needs to forgive and continue to be just and holy.

    What does the application of Christ’s deaath mean? First, it means that
    God joins the elect to the death (not only the reward of the death, but the death itself, which is Christ's righteousness) . Before Christ's death, God imputed that death to some of the elect. After the death , God continues to impute the death to the elect..

    There is a difference between Chrisst's death and God's imputation of that death to the elect. . . There is a difference between the federal union of all the elect in Christ before the beginning of the world and the legal union of the elect with Christ's death when they are justified. Romans 6 is the bottom line because Christ's death is what we must glory in. Whatever John Owen wrote or did not wrote, I agree with him about that.

  2. John Owen---"That a person regenerate, by the assistance of the Spirit and grace of God, may keep the commandments of God, in yielding to him, in answer to them, that sincere obedience which in Jesus Christ, according to the tenor of the covenant of grace, is required; yea, it is to him an easy and pleasant thing so to do.”
    “ There is a twofold right to the kingdom of heaven, – a right of desert, according to the tenor of the covenant of works, and a right of promise, according to the tenor of the covenant of grace. I say, then, that is not lawful, – that is, it is not the way, rule, and tenor of the gospel – that we should do or keep the commandments, so that doing or keeping should be the cause procuring and obtaining an original right, as to the rise and constitution of it, or a right of desert, to eternal life….4. As a means appointed of God, as the way wherein we ought to walk, for the coming to and obtaining of the inheritance so fully purchased and freely given, for the evidencing of the right given us thereto by the blood of Christ, and giving actual admission to the enjoyment of the purchase, and to testify our free acceptation with God and adoption on that account, so we ought to do and keep the commandments, – that is, walk in holiness, without which none shall see God. This is all that is intended, Rev. xxii. 14. Christ speaks not there to unbelievers, showing what they must do to be justified and saved, but to redeemed, justified, and sanctified ones, showing them their way of admission and the means of it to the remaining privileges of the purchased made by his blood.”,+%E2%80%93+a+right+of+desert,+according+to+the+tenor+of+the+covenant+of+works,+and+a+right+of+promise,+according+to+the+tenor+of+the+covenant+of+grace.+I+say,+then,+that+is+not+lawful&source=bl&ots=NuPmqgs65g&sig=bHYCvhtRPDi3-L4B4I15PQgLivA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CCEQ6AEwAWoVChMI5qiYg_S_yAIVTDM-Ch1MNwsf#v=onepage&q=There%20is%20a%20twofold%20right%20to%20the%20kingdom%20of%20heaven%2C%20%E2%80%93%20a%20right%20of%20desert%2C%20according%20to%20the%20tenor%20of%20the%20covenant%20of%20works%2C%20and%20a%20right%20of%20promise%2C%20according%20to%20the%20tenor%20of%20the%20covenant%20of%20grace.%20I%20say%2C%20then%2C%20that%20is%20not%20lawful&f=false