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The Greatest Promise Christ Made To Us

Take a view, then, of the state and condition of them who, professing to believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, do yet contemn and despise his Spirit, as to all its operations, gifts, graces, and dispensations to his churches and saints. Whilst Christ was in the world with his disciples, he made them no greater promise, neither in respect of their own good nor of carrying on the work which he had committed to them, than this of giving them the Holy Ghost. Him he instructs them to pray for of the Father, as that which is needful for them, as bread for children, Luke 11:18. Him he promises them, as a well of water springing up in them, for their refreshment, strengthening, and consolation unto everlasting life, John 7:37-39; as also to carry on and accomplish the whole work of the ministry to them committed, John 16:8-11…

And upon his ascension, this is laid as the bottom of that glorious communication of gifts and graces in his plentiful effusion mentioned, Eph. 4:8, 11, 12,—namely, that he had received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, Act 2:33; and that in such an eminent manner as thereby to make the greatest and most glorious difference between the administration of the new covenant and old. Especially doth the whole work of the ministry relate to the Holy Ghost; though that be not my present business to evince. He calls men to that work, and they are separated unto him, Acts 13:2; he furnisheth them with gifts and abilities for that employment, 1 Cor. 12:7-10. So that the whole religion we profess, without this administration of the Spirit, is nothing; nor is there any fruit without it of the resurrection of Christ from the dead.

~John Owen

from Of Communion With Godvolume 2 of Works, page 254

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