Proper Knowledge

For a Jan-term class on the Puritans I just finished, I had to read John Owen’s Communion with the Triune God, and I loved it. Its a great model of deep theology done unto a practical and devotional end. Owen takes a doctrine and turns it over and over until he just about exhausted it for emotive impact. This is a helpful quote for how he was able to do this, and one which is very instructive for all of us who want to communicate theology:

“I hold myself bound in conscience and in honor, not even to imagine that I have attained a proper knowledge of any one article of truth, much less to publish it, unless through the Holy Spirit I have had such a taste of it, in its spiritual sense, that I may able, from the heart, to say with the psalmist, ‘I have believed, and therefore I have spoken.'”

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