“His work on the Holy Spirit is possibly the most exhaustive and profound treatment of the person and work of the Spirit in the history of the Christian Church.” ~ Ryan McGraw
Reading John Owen is no simple task. The sheer depth of a single paragraph will have you pondering its implications and awe for hours.
I admire the endeavor Ryan McGraw undertook by researching and organizing John Owen’s extensive works into a succinct compilation on our communion with God.
“What am I the better if I can dispute that Christ is God, but have no sense or sweetness in my heart from hence that He is a God in covenant with my soul?” ~ John Owen
The Foundation Of Communion With God is a studious presentation to the works of John Owen. A man many of his peers considered a theological citadel and a tenacious statesman. A prominent leader in the development of the document known as the Savoy Declaration. As well as being instrumental in appealing for and securing the release of John Bunyan from prison on June 21st, 1677.
“Christians often walk with exceedingly troubled hearts concerning their thoughts of the Father toward them. They are well persuaded of the Lord Christ and His goodwill; the difficulty lies in what is their acceptance with the Father.” ~ John Owen
Though he lived over three hundred years ago, his writings have continued to prove timeless. Men like John Owen are pillars in our history that speak into our present, not above, but in light of Scripture. This is why studying Church history is not only beneficial but bountiful as Ryan McGraw’s concise volume provides a glimpse into our invaluable heritage.
“Christ is the only dispenser of the Spirit and of all grace of sanctification and holiness.” ~ John Owen
The Foundation of Communion With God extracts forty one excerpts of John Owen’s writings into three major categories – Knowing God As Triune, Heavenly Mindedness and Apostasy, and Covenant and Church.
“There is no death of sin without the death of Christ.” ~ John Owen
Ryan McGraw offers brief excerpts in each section; making them more digestible to those who find John Owen’s works to be arduous; easily consumed in a devotion styled reading.
The Foundation Of Communion With God is a rich introduction to John Owen and the understanding of our communion with God. Worthy of the scholar and the layman.
“The Spirit of God, therefore, as bestowed for the introduction of the new gospel state in the truth and worship, is the heavenly gift here intended.” ~ John Owen