William Bradford Institute
for Study of the
Early Settlement of America

Faith and Sight

by John Owen

1. No man shall ever behold the glory of Christ by sight hereafter, who doth not
in some measure behold it by faith here in this world. Grace is a necessary
preparation for glory, and faith for sight Where the subject (the soul) is not
previously seasoned with grace and faith, it is not capable of glory or vision.
Nay, persons not disposed hereby unto it cannot desire it, whatever they
pretend; they only deceive their own souls in supposing that so they do. Most
men will say with confidence, living and dying, that they desire to be with
Christ, and to behold his glory; but they can give no reason why they should
desire any such thing,-only they think it somewhat that is better than to be in
that evil condition which otherwise they must be cast into for ever, when they
can be here no more. If a man pretend himself to be enamoured on, or greatly to
desire, what he never saw, nor was ever represented unto him, he doth but dote
on his own imaginations. And the pretended desires of many to behold the glory
of Christ in heaven, who have no view of it by faith whilst they are there in
this world are nothing but self-deceiving imaginations.


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