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Communion with God

Communion with God [Kindle Edition]

John Owen
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In 1657, John Owen produced one of his finest devotional treatrises: probably originating from the substance of a series of sermons.
He examines the Christian's communion with God as it relates to all three members of the trinity. He assures that every Christian does have communion with God, no-one is excluded and that this communion takes place distinctly with Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Our relationship with...
God the Father is primarily through love and faith.
God the Son is through fellowship & grace.
God the Holy Spirit is primarily through comfort and sanctification.
This was a controversial work in ecclesiastical circles of the 17th century. Twenty years after its publication, the rational ecclesiastical elite were scoffing at it's contents. Owen strongly defended the ideas within this book, and history has shown him to be right! It is a classic of Christian devotional thought that still influences the church today.

This is the original text with a new layout and is fully subtitled which makes it more accessible to a new generation of readers.

About John Owen
John Owen (1616-1683) is amongst the best known of the Puritans. His writings continue to be widely read and greatly appreciated to this day.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Focus Publications (11 Nov 2013)
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thorough 19 July 2011
John Owen is clearly a man who dealt thoroughly with anything he wrote upon. This book is deep, weighty, and needs a silent room when reading. Yet the detail into which he delves in unpacking how it is we can have relationship with God is fantastic, and always always based on scripture. For sure reading this is an investment that takes time, but the fruit it will reap is worth it. 8/10.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Owen's rich teaching for a wider readership 10 May 2006
This book is another in the Puritan paperback classics series, simplified and abridged to bring Owen's rich teaching to a much wider readership. Rev. R.J.K.Law, an Anglican minister in Devon, began to read Owen for his personal edification but increasingly felt the need of others to benefit from the richness of the theology of the Puritans, particularly Owen. Therefore, in 1991 Dr Law's abridgement resulted in this 'Banner of Truth' paperback. The publishers firmly believe that this is an ideal starting point for those coming to this Puritan 'giant' for the first time.

This book, which was recommended from the pulpit by Pastor Adam Laughton, contains 18 chapters and just over 200 pages. The following are extracts from Chapter 1 entitled 'The Saints have communion with God.'

"Christians in those days (1st Century) were poor and despised. Christian Leaders were treated as the filth of the world. So to invite people to become Christians, seemed to be the height of

What good thing will we get if we join up with those Christians? Are they inviting us to share in their troubles?

It is with these objections in mind that John writes. Their fellowship they would soon find to be honourable, glorious a desireable. For truly says John, our fellowship is with the Father and with his son Jesus Christ."

Our communion with God lies in his giving himself to us and our giving ourselves and all that He requires to Him. This communion with God flows from that union which is in Christ Jesus.

The communion will be perfect a complete when we enter into the full enjoyment of Christ's gLory.

Reading this book should result in deeper communion with God and therefore, well worth purchasing and meditating upon.

David Stephen
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love the subject matter it deals with 12 Aug 2013
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Far too little is written nowadays about true communion with God. I am truly thankful that the Rev Robert Law, produced this abridgement, and others, when he did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book. 25 Jan 2009
A real insight into the wonders of God and his blessings to us.
I found this book a great encouragement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it, if only for chapters 3 and 4 27 Feb 2009
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This book is excellent. I highly recommend it. It is a long meditation on the love of God for the believer and how to enjoy it. RJK Law has made it very readable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Father's day gift 21 July 2013
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This is a great read. My husband was thrilled to get it on Father's day. My pastor recommended it and God has used it to lead us closer to Himself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very in depth 24 May 2008
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This book is for those who wish to Know God and deeply. No playing here. This is a very slow read. A great meditation book also.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review: Communion With God 26 Feb 2013
By Gregory D. Metcalf - Published on
Title: Communion With God

Author: John Owen

Publisher: The Banner of Truth Trust

First Copyright: 1850

Type of Book: Hardback

General Subject Matter: Theology

Special Features: None

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-85151-14-5

The purpose of the author in writing this book is to explain the nature of the believers communion with God, including all the benefits which are included. Owen believed that our communion with God is the very foundation of the Christian life. It was Owen's purpose to demonstrate from the Scriptures the ways and means by which the believer can enjoy communion with each person of the Trinity. Owen wrote an well organized and documented work in which he used three (3) main divisions to describe the believer's relationship to each member of the Godhead.

The theme of this book is the believer's fellowship with God. Owen's thesis states, "That the saints of God have communion with him."

Owen uses the method of exposition to develop his theme and thesis. He puts forth his main proposition and supporting propositions and then uses explanation an analysis to present is subject. Owen presents the truths and the scripture clearly and impartially. Owen's primary purpose ti to persuade the reader to believe the revelation of our fellowship with God and to act accordingly. Owen is a master at explaining theological doctrine.

I found this book to be very interesting and at the same time to be difficult to read. Most readers of Owens know him to be verbose with long paragraphs, and difficult to read. The effort is well worth it. I find Owen to be a very able exegete of Scripture. He is objective and extremely thorough.

This book is a scholarly doctrinal treatise. There are a number of footnotes which include passages from the Greek language, Latin, and both the Old and New Testament. Greek and Hebrew words are transliterated and the Latin phrases are translated for the reader. Difficult words an phrases have been footnoted. Numerous headings and subheadings are added to help the reader follow the thoughts of the author. Communion With God is a thrilling piece of writing of great importance.

Owen raises the issue of the value and benefit of the saints full fellowship with each member of the Godhead. Even though there are some distinct disadvantages that this fellowship or communion thrusts upon them from a humanistic standpoint, communion with God Owens states is, "very honorable, glorious, and desirable."

Owen was educated at Queen's College in Oxford. He studied theology and was the ordained. His first church was at Fordham in Essex. From 1649-1651 he was the chaplain to Oliver Cromwell. Owen was appointed the dean of Christ Church in Oxford and then in 1652 became the vice-chancellor. Owen was a prolific writer having written numerous books.

The format of this book is very well done. The type is easy to read and it is full of headings and subheadings making navigation through Owen's points easy to follow. There are no maps, illustrations, or special features. This is a hardback book.

This book contains no index. There are no end-notes. However, there is a short appendix at the back of the book. There is no bibliography.

As with the other Works of John Owen this is a difficult book to summarize. As stated Owen does a masterful exposition and explanation of the believers prized communion or fellowship with each member of the Trinity. His summary includes the fact that if one worships one member of the Trinity then the entire Trinity is being worshipped. In approaching God we are able to approach the entire Trinity.

Communion with God is a very rich and difficult book to read. If one sticks with it, it is well worth the effort. It is a very moving and thrilling book that addresses the soul like no other writing other than the Scriptures. I highly recommend this book for any believer at any level who will commit to working through each paragraph and each page.
5.0 out of 5 stars Impacting My Life 28 Dec 2013
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This cry should be resonated with "Where are the excellent theologians? Our view of God is shallow Some pastors want to be stand up comedians instead of prophets
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