We’ve Missed It

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Working on a study on the Holy Spirit for Sunday and reading the quotes below really made me realize what a Christless Christianity I and so many other have tasted in our churches. We have become dreary-eyed and listless at the lack of an exaltation of the glory of Christ and many have given up altogether. Indeed, the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing, and the written words of God resound with an earshattering roar that the only ultimate thing in this life and the next can be the glory of the Son of God. If the entire work of the Spirit is ultimately to foster adoration of Christ so that people will become like him, and the family of God and its leaders are to be contributing to that effect, why do we have Christless churches?

The revelation made of Christ in the blessed Gospel is far more excellent, more glorious, and more filled with rays of divine wisdom and goodness, than the whole creation and the just comprehension of it, if attainable, can contain or afford. Without the knowledge hereof, the mind of man, however priding itself in other inventions and discoveries, is wrapped up in darkness and confusion.”

“For all persons not immersed in sensual pleasures, -not overdrenched in the love of this world and present things,- who have any generous or noble thoughts about their own nature, being, and end, – are under the highest obligation to betake themselves unto this contemplation of Christ and his glory. Without this, [the contemplation of Christ and his glory] they shall never attain true rest or satisfaction in their own minds. He it is alone in whom the race of mankind may boast and glory, on whom all its felicities do depend.”
John OwenThe Glory of Christ

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