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Owen on the End of Scripture

01 May

The principal end of the Scriptures is, to beget in the minds of men faith, fear, obedience, and reverence of God—to make them holy and righteous.… Unto this end every truth is disposed of in the Scripture as it ought to be. If any expect that the Scripture should be written with respect unto opinions, notions, and speculations, to render men skillful and cunning in them, able to talk and dispute … they are mistaken. It is given to make us humble, holy, wise in spiritual things; to direct us in our duties, to relieve us in our temptations, to comfort us under troubles, to make us to love God and to live unto him.… Unto this end there is a more glorious power and efficacy in one epistle, one psalm, one chapter, than in all the writings of men.… He that hath not experience hereof is a stranger unto the power of God in the Scripture … sometimes an occasional passage in a story, a word or expressions, shall contribute more to excite faith and love in our souls than a volume of learned disputations.…

Packer, J. I. (1990). A quest for godliness: The Puritan vision of the Christian life (94–95). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

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