Jesus Christ, Treasury and Priest

The mutual love of God and the saints agrees in this, — that the way of communicating the issues and fruits of these loves is only in Christ.  The Father communicates no issue of his love unto us but through Christ; and we make no return of love unto him but through Christ.  He is the treasury wherein the Father disposeth all the riches of his grace, taken from the bottomless mine of his eternal love; and he is the priest into whose hand we put all the offerings that we return unto the Father. . . . Though the love of the Father’s purpose and good pleasure have its rise and foundation in his mere grace and will, yet the design of its accomplishment is only in Christ.  All the fruits of it are first given to him; and it is in him only that they are dispensed to us, so that though the saints may, nay, do, see an infinite ocean of love unto them in the bosom of the Father, yet they are not to look for one drop from him but what comes through Christ.

John Owen, Communion with God, 26-27, italics last sentence mine, otherwise his.

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