Oh to Behold the Glory of Christ!

“Oh to behold the Glory of Christ! 

Here in would I live, here in would I die,

here on would I dwell in my thoughts and my affections

until all things here below become as dead and deformed things,

and in no longer, any way, calling out for my affections.”  

John Owen

These words are not cheap or toneless; they cannot be.  They reveal the heart that has been changed from stone to flesh (Ezek 36:26).  They reveal the joy of a secret known (Mt 13:44).  These words resonate in the fellowship of believers calling us continually to have but one focus, to have our gaze set in but one direction and upon but one Object of Affection… ‘Oh to behold the Glory of Christ!’.

Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.   (emphasis mine, 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 ESV)

I am thankful to be reminded again today of what God has done… it is enough, more than enough.

The Object of my Affection
 
I saw a precious act of Love
It changed my heart to know
That in the Fullness of my Lord
He calls me in response to sow.
 
I see the force of waters great
I hear it move with grace
Its nature fills and so redeems
My parched and barren space
 
Before my eyes there is a view
Of how death takes away
Yet trusting Him I follow on
And surrender each new day
 
His face I know thru evidence
Of costly matchless Gift
His love transforms my downcast gaze
My eyes and heart now lift
 
My all in all is found in Him
In wonder I am thrilled
To finally know the joy and hope
And love which fills and fills.
 
Father God, the great ‘I AM’
Christ Jesus, King of kings
Spirit Divine, the Comforter
Your praises I will sing
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One Response to Oh to Behold the Glory of Christ!

  1. TimWitten says:

    Reblogged this on The Tells of Tim.

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