What the Contemplation of Christ’s Glory Brings

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The constant contemplation of the glory of Christ will give rest, satisfaction, and complacency unto the souls of them who are exercised therein. Our minds are apt to be filled with a multitude of perplexed thoughts; – fears, cares, dangers, distresses, passions, and lusts, do make various impressions on the minds of men, filling them with disorder, darkness, and confusion.

But where the soul is fixed in its thoughts and contemplations on this glorious object, it will be brought into and kept in a holy, serene, spiritual frame. For “to be spiritually-minded is life and peace.” And this it does by taking off our hearts from all undue regard unto all things below, in comparison of the great worth, beauty, and glory of what we are conversant withal. See Phil. 3.7-11. A defect herein makes many of us strangers unto a heavenly life, and to live beneath the spiritual refreshments and satisfactions that the Gospel does tender unto us.

(John Owen, The Glory of Christ)

(HT: Erik Raymond)

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

One thought on “What the Contemplation of Christ’s Glory Brings

  1. Peter, I happened upon your blog, and appreciate your vision. The charismatic part of the whole is, I believe, a response to Christ’s spirit long lacking in the evangelical church…perhaps like a great gasping for air…breaking the surface… The mystical tradition is seeing a reawakening, and in my mind the charismatic trend is a part of this movement…toward union and Spirit. Good theology cannot breath without union with Christ, which is mystical…and contemplation and prayer have no breath without good theology.

    The John Owen quote caught my eye…”But where the soul is fixed in its thoughts and contemplations on this glorious object, it will be brought into and kept in a holy, serene, spiritual frame”. Christ be with you in your pursuits…

    sam
    http://contemplativechristian.com

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