Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Owen on Divine Aid in Bible Study

In going back over my OT Survey material in preparation for the beginning of term, I came across this quote from John Owen. It is well put in so many ways and a good warning to us not to rest in our own abilities when approaching Scripture. Of course we must study and labor, but we must also pray.

“For a man solemnly to undertake the interpretation of any portion of Scripture without invocation of God, to be taught and instructed by his Spirit, is a high provocation of him; nor shall I expect the discovery of truth from anyone who thus proudly engages in a work so much above his ability.”
- John Owen


Ray Ortlund said...

Ray, do you happen to have the bibliographical info on that significant statement? Thanks.

Keep up the good work!

Ray Van Neste said...

Thanks Dr. Ortlund.
I got this quote from Dale Ralph Davis' book, The Word Made Fresh (p.1)- a great book!
He cites another secondary source. I'll see if I can track down the original source.

Ray Van Neste said...

For anyone interested, here is the source of the quote:
John Owen, Pneumatology: Or a Discourse Concerning the Holy Spirit (Philadelphia: Towar and Hogan, 1827), 204-5. See also Owen, Works of John Owen, 4.121-234.