In my preparation for a sermon series in the book of Colossians, in addition to some great commentaries, I have been reading one of Banner’s Puritan Paperbacks titled “The Glory of Christ” by John Owen. This has been an amazing read! In this post, I would like to share with you one of the many treasures in this volume. In (The Glory of Christ in His Person) Owen makes the point that because of who Christ is, fixing our minds on Him is “the best, the most noble and beneficial truth that we can think about or set our hearts on.” That is an important statement, however, does that reflect what our minds are consumed with? Owen goes on to insightfully say:
“The Scripture takes to task the foolishness of men who ‘spend their money for that which is not bread, and their labour for that which does not do us any real good’. They spend their time and money chasing after perishing things, when something solid and everlasting is set before them. What do men think about most of the time? Some spend their time planning how to make provision for their flesh and how to satisfy its lusts (). They spend their thoughts on sinful pleasures, refusing to behold the glory of Christ. Some continually worry about the things of this world, seeking promotion and rewards for all they do. So they are transformed in the image of the world, becoming earthly, unspiritual and stupid. The blindness, the darkness, the foolishness of poor sinners! Do they not realize who it is they despise? Do they not realize who it is they are rejecting and for what?”
It is of utmost importance that we know that nothing is more noble or beneficial than consuming our minds with the glory of Christ. May we make it our practice and duty to think about our Lord. How do we do this? Owen goes on to suggest that we “diligently study the Bible and the revelations of the glory of Christ revealed there.” It is our duty to go to that place where He is revealed and fix our minds on Him!
3:1 Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? 2 Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. 3 What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? 4 By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written,
“That you may be justified in your words,
and prevail when you are judged.”
5 But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.) 6 By no means! For then how could God judge the world? 7 But if through my lie God’s truth abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner? 8 And why not do evil that good may come?—as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just.
9 What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written:
“None is righteous, no, not one;
11 no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave;
they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14 “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 in their paths are ruin and misery,
17 and the way of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.