Communion with God (41)

I continue excerpts with adaptations from Owen’s monumental work:

OK so agreement is made, acquaintance given, and a way provided; yet if we have no strength to walk in that way, what good will it do us? Of ourselves we have no strength, Rom. 5: 6, — poor weaklings, not able to go a step in the ways of God. We either throw ourselves down or fall down, or temptations cast us down, and we make no progress: and the Lord Jesus tells us plainly, that “without him we can do nothing,” John 15: 5; nothing we do is acceptable to God. Neither can all the creatures in heaven and earth give us any assistance. Men’s contending to do it in their own power, comes to nothing.

The answer?

All strength to walk with God is from him. “I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me,” saith St.Paul, Phil. 4:13, who denies that of ourselves we have any sufficiency, 2 Cor. 3:5. We that can do nothing in ourselves, we are such weaklings, can do all things in Jesus Christ, as giants; and therefore in him we are, against all oppositions in our way, “more than conquerors,” Rom. 8:37; and that because “from his fullness we receive grace for grace,” John 1:16. From him have we the Spirit of life and power, whereby he bears, as on eagles’ wings, swiftly, safely, in the paths of walking with God. He first takes us by the arm and teaches us to go, until he leads us on to perfection. He has milk and strong meat to feed us; he strengthens us with all might, and is with us in our running the race that is set before us. HALLELUJAH!

HOW CAN WE WALK WITH THE ONE WHO IS A CONSUMING FIRE AND DREADFUL AVENGER OF ALL SIN? tbc

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