John Owen believed that communion with God lies at the heart of the Christian life. With Paul he recognized that through the Son we have access by the Spirit to the Father. He never lost the sense of amazement expressed by John: ‘Our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ’. In this outstanding book he explains the nature of this communion and describes the many privileges it brings.
Communion with God was written in a day, like our own, when the doctrine of the Trinity was under attack and the Christian faith was being reduced either to rationalism on the one hand or mysticism on the other. His exposition shows that nothing is more vital to spiritual well-being than a practical knowledge of what this doctrine means.
Until now, Communion with God has been read by only small numbers of Christians with access to the 275 closely-printed pages in The Works of John Owen. Now Dr. R.J.K. Law has produced a splendidly readable abridgement of one of the greatest Christian classics of all time, bringing Owen’s rich teaching to a much wider readership.
Paperback, 224 pages
Original Publication Date: 1657
Banner Publication Date: 1991
Table of Contents
1 The Saints have Communion with God
2 Communion with each Person of the Godhead Individually
3 Communion with God the Father
4 Conclusions arising from the Doctrine of Communion with the Father in Love
5 Fellowship with Jesus Christ, the Son of God
6 Fellowship with Christ in Grace
7 How Believers hold Communion with the Lord Jesus Christ in Grace
8 The Glories and Excellences of Christ
9 The Wisdom and Knowledge of Christ
10 Knowing Ourselves
11 Consequences of Fellowship between Christ and his Saints
12 Further Consequences of Fellowship with Christ
13 Communion with Christ in Purchased Grace
14 The Nature of the Grace which Christ purchased
15 Communion with Christ in Acceptance with God
16 Communion with Christ in Holiness
17 Communion with Christ in Privileges
18 The Foundation of our Communion with the Holy Spirit
19 The Things in which we have Communion with the Holy Spirit
20 The Holy Spirit and the Hearts of Believers
21 Satan’s Attempts at Casting Contempt on the Holy Spirit
22 Preparation for Communion with the Holy Spirit
23 The Behaviour of the Saints towards the Holy Spirit
24 How to have Fellowship with the Holy Spirit
This greatest of all British theologians was incredibly prolific as a writer, with John Owen’s books numbering in the dozens. He was a man of great stature with national influence during his lifetime, preaching before Parliament multiple times and serving as chaplain and advisor to Oliver Cromwell. He also enjoyed some influence with King Charles II. He is best known, though, for his writings that cover subjects ranging from doctrinal explorations to ecclesiastical themes to practical advice. No matter the topic, it was thoroughly explored and presented with authority—and, although he often wrote books to help decipher troubling current issues, they are presented in a way that is timeless. The Works of John Owen is available in a 16-volume set, and is also available in single volumes. Books that continue to be of interest include The Mortification of Sin, Duties of Christian Fellowship, and Indwelling Sin in Believers, among others.