Thursday, July 03, 2008

What He Said: John Owen III

Raise up your heart by faith to an expectation of relief from Christ. Relief in this case from Christ is like the prophet's vision: "It is for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, yet wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry" (Hab. 2:3). Though it may seem somewhat long to you, while you are under your trouble and perplexity, yet it shall surely come in the appointed time of the Lord Jesus; which is the best season. If, then, you can raise up your heart to a settled expectation of relief from Jesus Christ--if your eyes are toward him "as the eyes of a servant to the hand of his master" [Ps. 123:2] when he expects to receive somewhat from him--your soul shall be satisfied, he will assuredly deliver you; he will slay the lust, and your latter end shall be peace. Only look for it at his hand; expect when and how he will do it. "If you will not believe, surely you shall not be established" [Isa. 7:9].
- John Owen, On the Mortification of Sin in the Believer

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