One of the great things about John Owen is that he is preeminently a theologian of the Holy Spirit. This morning I read his comments on the ministry of the Spirit in the church. Without that we are just dead – whatever our outward form. I wonder as we go to worship this morning whether we will ask more about the people who are present (or absent) rather than inquire after the evidences of the presence of Christ among us?
“Those churches do exceedingly mistake their interest who are solicitous about other things, but make little inquiry after the evidences of the presence of Christ among them. Some walk as if they had him sure enough, as it were, immured in their walls, whilst they keep up name of a church, and an outward order that pleases and advantages themselves.
But outward order, be it what it will, is…
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