Acts 14:7

In acts_14_7 on January 29, 2008 at 2:03 pm

Our reflection on the gospel comes from John Owen this week as he wrote in “The Glory of Christ”.

This, therefore, deserves the severest of our thoughts, the best of our meditations, and our utmost diligence in them. For if our future blessedness shall consist in being where he is, and beholding of his glory, what better preparation can there be for it than in a constant previous contemplation of that glory in the revelation that is made in the Gospel, unto this very end, that by a view of it we may be gradually transformed into the same glory?

I was struck as I read this in how simple Owen makes this. He basically says that if our futures will be with Christ in glory (Colossians 3:4) then we can do nothing better with our time than to think about what is made known in the gospel. But he doesn’t use the words “think about”, he uses the word “contemplate”. Contemplating something does not mean we give it a passing thought and then we’re done. Contemplate means we get so wrapped-up in our thoughts that everything else loses its importance and we will not stop thinking about an issue until it is resolved. The problem is, we cannot resolve an infinite God. There is something new to learn of His mercy and grace every day. So, while we wait to be with Christ in glory we are urged to continue to contemplate the good news of Jesus Christ. His death on the cross for our sins and resurrection for His glory.

“And there they continued to preach the gospel” – Acts 14:7

Each Tuesday a different reflection on the gospel and its continual effect on our lives


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