Dec

12

2012

Ray Ortlund|12:30 PM CT

To be, to know

“We have so much of the Pharisee in us by nature, that it is sometimes well that our good is hid from us. . . . It is a good life which is attended with a faith of righteousness and a sense of corruption.  While I know Christ’s righteousness, I shall the less care to know my own holiness.  To be holy is necessary; to know it, sometimes a temptation.”

John Owen, Works (Edinburgh, 1981), VI:600-601.  Italics added.

3 Comments

  1. amen.

    day 12 advent reflection: the greatest gift http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BriKRukACgA&feature=related

    Jer 9:23 Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; 24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.

  2. Wow. Owen had a way of expressing issues in the gospel that is just unique.

  3. [...] Weekly Links (12/14/2012) We have so much of the Pharisee in us by nature, that it is some­times well that our good is hid from us… It is a good life which is attended with a faith of right­eous­ness and a sense of cor­rup­tion. While I know Christ’s right­eous­ness, I shall the less care to know my own holi­ness. To be holy is nec­es­sary; to know it, some­times a temp­ta­tion. (John Owen, Works. HT: Ray Ortlund) [...]

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