The eminency of the Father’s love


“Christians walk oftentimes with exceedingly troubled hearts, concerning the thoughts of the Father towards them. They are well persuaded of the Lord Christ and his goodwill; the difficulty lies in what is their acceptance with the Father— what is his heart towards them. . . . It is exceeding acceptable unto God, even our Father, that we should thus hold communion with him in his love — that he may be received into our souls as one full of love, tenderness, and kindness, towards us. . . . Now, there is not any thing more grievous to the Lord, nor more subservient to the design of Satan upon the soul, than such thoughts as these. . . . So much as we see of the love of God, so much shall we delight in him, and no more. Every other discovery of God, without this, will but make the soul fly from Him; but if the heart be once much taken up with this the eminency of the Father’s love, it cannot choose but be overpowered, conquered, and endeared unto him.” ~ John Owen

The punishment due to sin is the wrath of God

 “The punishment due to sin is the wrath of God: Rom. 1:18, “The wrath of God is revealed against all ungodliness;” chap. 2:5, “The day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;” Eph. 2:3, “Children of wrath;” John 3:36. But Jesus Christ underwent the punishment due to sin : 2 Cor. 5:21, “Made sin for us; “Iniquity was laid upon him;” 1 Pet. 2:24, “He bare our sins in his own body on the tree.” Therefore he underwent the wrath of God.” ~John Owen

The utmost end of all the works of God

“When God designed the great and glorious work of recovering fallen man, and the saving of sinners, to the praise of the glory of his grace, he appointed, in his infinite wisdom, two great means thereof: The one was the giving his Son for them, and the other was the giving his Spirit to them.
And hereby was way made for the manifestation of the glory of the whole blessed Trinity; which is the utmost end of all the works of God.”

~ John Owen