Communion with God
Fellowship with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
In 1657, John Owen produced one of his finest devotional treatises. Communion With God most certainly originated from a series of his 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.
- And 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 ecclesiastical elite were scoffing at its contents. Owen strongly defended the ideas within this book and history has shown him to be right! It is a classic of Christian 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 the Author
Among the best known of the Puritans, John Owen (1616-1683) was a profound and thought provoking pastor-theologian. His writings continue to be widely read and greatly appreciated to this day.
“Owen was, by common consent, the weightiest Puritan theologian, and many would bracket him with Jonathan Edwards as one of the greatest theologians of all time.”
— J.I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regents University, Vancouver, British Columbia. Author of Knowing God as well as numerous other books
“I owe an incalculable debt to these pages. For forty years now this has been a favorite volume to which I continue to return for more ‘angel food'”
— Sinclair B. Ferguson, Associate Preacher, St. Peter’s Free Church, Dundee
Douglas Kelly Commendation:
“I first read Owen’s Of Communion with God while a theological student in the 1960s. It made beautifully clear and confirmed the theological underpinnings of the atmosphere I had lived in within the family and local congregation from earliest days: that God is love, that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, to know Christ is to be near the heart of the Father; that to dwell in God is to dwell in love: God’s love to us and our love back to God and to others. Owen, with skillful scriptural exegesis and warmest pastoral insight takes us to the very heart of Christianity in this treatise, and shows us that this, and this alone is worth living for; this alone makes sense of everything else, and irradiates every step of earthly life with strength, hope and joy.
That is why, forty years later, I still delight to pick up this grand treatise and read from it as a sort of ‘vade mecum’. We owe a debt of gratitude of Philip Ross for beautifully editing this long discourse. He has made it far more accessible to another generation. Ross has skillfully and accurately divided up long ‘Pauline sentences’ into manageable portions. He has clarified some rather obscure vocabulary, and – perhaps best of all – he has inserted very lucid and helpful subheadings and other divisions, which make the otherwise demanding text much easier to follow.
All through, he has remained eminently faithful to the original meaning. The beauty of John Owen’s theology, and most of all, the beauty of the love of God in Christ to us needy souls shines through. I shall be enthusiastically recommending this new volume to my classes.”
— Douglas F. Kelly, Professor of Theology Emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina