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Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
In Love, Grace, and Consolation :
. UNFOL DE D.
By JOHN OWEN, D. D.
GLAS GO W:
CHRISTIAN READER, Ir is now fix years past, since I was I brought under an engagement of proante for the publishing of some meditations on the subject wljich thou wilt find handled in the ensuing treause. The reafun; of this delay, being not of public concerniment, I dhall not need to men- . tion. Those who have been in expectation of this duty from ine, have for the most part been so far acquainted with my concutions, as to be apie toldtisty them. felves, as to the deferring of their defires. That which I have to add at present is only this ; having had many opportunities, fince the time I first delivered any thing in public on this subject, (which was the means of bringing me under the engagements mentioned) to reassume the conlideration of what I had first fixed on, I have been enabled to give it that improvement, and to make those additions to the main of ched sign and matter treated on, that my first debt, is come at length to be only the occasion of what is now tendered to the saints of God. I full speak nothing of the subject here
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handled ; it may I hope speak for itself, in that spiritual favour and relih which it will yield to them, whole hearts are not fo filled with other things as to render the sweet things of the gospel bitter to thein. The design of the whole treatise, thou will find Christian reader, in the first
chapters of the first part ; and I shall not • detain tliee here with the perufal of any
thing which in its proper place will offer itlelf unto thee: know only thatthe whole of it hath been recoinmended to the grace of God in inany supplications, for its usefulness unto them that are interested in the good things meiitioned therein. ?
To the R E A D E R.
ALPHONSUS, King of Spain, is said to have
A found food and phyfic in reading Livy? And Ferdinand king of Sicily, in reading Quintus Gurtius. But thou hast here nobler entertainnyents, vastly richer dainties, incomparably more lovereign medicines; I had almost faid, the very highest of angels food is here set before thee. And, as Pliny speaks, permifta deliciis auxilia : things that minister unto grace and comfort, to holy life and liveliness.
Such is this treatise. This which is the only one extant, upon its great and neceffary subject. This, whose praise hath been long in the churches; and hath gone enamelled with the honourable reproaches of more than one English Bolfic. This whore great author, like the sun, is well known to the worl, by eminence of heavenly light and labours. This which, as his many other works, can be no other than manna unto found Christians; cho' no better, than stone and ferpent to Socinians and their fellowcommoners.
Importunity hath drawnı me to say thus much more, then I could think needful to be said, concerning any work of Dr. OWEN's. Needful in our day itself; a day wherein peuci facras fcripturas, plures nomina rerum, plurimi nomina magiftrorum fic quuntur. Few do cleave to the holy scriptures; many do rest in fcholastic fenfeless sounds. And most men do hang their faith upon their Rabbi's fleeves.
This only I add ; of the fwarms every day riling, there are few books but do want their reariers. Yet if I understand ariglit, there are not many readers but do want this book.