Unto them that believe unto the saving of the soul, Christ is and always has been, precious – the sun, the rock, the life, the bread of their souls – everything that is good, useful, amiable, or desirable here or unto eternity. In, from, and by Him is all their spiritual and eternal life, light, power, growth, consolation, and joy here, with everlasting salvation hereafter. By Him alone do they desire, expect, and obtain deliverance from that woeful apostasy from God which is accompanied with whatever is evil, noxious, and destructive unto our nature, and which, without relief, will issue in eternal misery. By Him they are brought into the nearest relationship, alliance, and friendship with God, the firmest union unto Him, and the most holy communion with Him, that our finite natures are capable of, and so conducted unto the eternal enjoyment of Him.
You’ll need to break this down a bit to take it all in. It’s like eating a nice, big, juicy steak. It will take a while to eat and you’ll enjoy every bite. This is why I love the Puritans, and especially John Owen, so much. There is probably no one alive today that could possibly cram so much theology into so small a space and still be orthodox and evangelical.
Now that you’ve heard John Owen, what do you think of Jesus Christ? Do you agree? Do you even know what Owen is talking about? Your life here, and your life hereafter in eternity, depends on your answer.