Communion with God (18b)


The personal excellency and grace of the Lord Christ are seen in three facets:

  • His fitness to save, from the fact he is divine and human in one person.
  • His fullness to save, from the fact he is one with the Father.
  • His excellency to endear, from his complete suitability to meet all the wants of the souls of men.

There is no spiritual want in man  but Christ will supply that need. Is he dead? Christ is life. Is he weak? Christ is the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Has he the sense of guilt upon him? Christ is complete righteousness, — “The Lord our Righteousness.” Many poor creatures are sensible of their wants, but know not where their remedy lies. Indeed, whether it be life or light, power or joy, all is wrapped up in him.This, then, for the present, may suffice in general to be spoken of the personal grace of the Lord Christ:— He has a fitness to save, having pity and ability, tenderness and power, to carry on that work to the uttermost; and a fulness to save, of redemption and sanctification, of righteousness and the Spirit; and a suitableness to the wants of all our souls: whereby he becomes exceedingly desirable, yea, altogether lovely; as afterward will appear in particular. And as to this, in the first place, the saints have distinct fellowship with the Lord Christ;

John Owen




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