Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Benefits of beholding

A constant view of the glory of Christ will revive our souls and cause our spiritual lives to flourish and thrive. Our souls will be revived by the transforming power with which beholding Christ is always accompanied. This is what transforms us daily into the likeness of Christ. So let us live in the constant contemplation of the glory of Christ, and power will then flow from him to us, healing all our declensions, renewing a right spirit in us and enabling us to abound in all the duties that God requires of us. (Law, R. J. K. The Glory of Christ. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1994. Print. 167)

We see in this excerpt by John Owen that there are many benefits to beholding the glory of Christ:
  • revival of our souls
  • spiritual flourishing
  • daily transformation to Christlikeness
  • power flowing to us from Christ
  • healing of declensions
  • renewed spirits
  • abounding in our God-given duties
Aside from the fact that this is what we ought to do, let us consider the benefits as a means of encouraging us to behold Him!

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