25 March 2010

Owen: His All-Conquering Desirableness

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. --Prov 3:13-15

. . . your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made for us wisdom . . . --1 Cor 1:30

John Owen writes:

Jesus Christ, the Wisdom of God, the eternal Wisdom of the Father. . . . He and his ways are better than silver and gold, rubies, and all desirable things; as in the gospel he likens himself to the 'pearl in the field,' which when the merchant finds, he sells all that he has, to purchase. All goes for Christ; all righteousness without him, all ways of religion, all goes for that one pearl. The glory of his Deity, the excellency of his person, his all-conquering desirableness, ineffable love, wonderful undertaking, unspeakable condescensions, effectual mediation, complete righteousness, lie in their eyes, ravish their hearts, fill their affections, and possess their souls.

--Communion with God, 221

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