“Unto them that believe unto the saving of the soul, he is, he always hath been, precious – the sun, the rock, the life, the bread of their souls – every thing that is good, useful, amiable, desirable, here or unto eternity. In, from, and by him, is all their spiritual and eternal life, light, power, growth, consolation, and joy here; with everlasting salvation hereafter. By him alone do they desire, expect, and obtain deliverance from that woful [woeful] apostasy [desertion/departure] from God, which is accompanied with – which containeth in it virtually and meritoriously – whatever is evil, noxious [harmful], and destructive unto our nature, and which without relief, will issue in eternal misery. By him are they brought into the nearest cognation , alliance, and friendship with God, the firmest union unto him, and the most holy communion with him, that our finite natures are capable of, and so conducted unto the eternal enjoyment of him.”John Owen in the preface [pg. 3] of A Declaration of the Glorious Mystery of The Person of Christ – God and Man: with The Infinite Wisdom, Love, and Power of God in the Contrivance and Constitution Thereof; as also, Of The Grounds And Reasons Of His Ministry In Heaven; The Present State Of The Church Above Thereon; And The Use Of His Person In Religion; with An Account And Vindication Of The Honour, Worship, Faith, Love, And Obedience Due Unto Him, In And From The Church. Banner of Truth Trust; Carlisle, PA. 2000
I love it how Owen's titles are almost as long as the quotes that people cite from him!