British Puritan writer and theologian, John Owen (1616-1683) described the invitation of Jesus to respond in personal faith:

This is somewhat of the word which he now speaks unto you: Why will ye die?  why will ye perish?  why will ye not have compassion on your own souls?  Can your hearts endure, or can your hands be strong, in the day of wrath approaching?…. Look unto me, and be saved; come unto me, and I will ease you of all sins, sorrows, fears, burdens, and give rest to your souls.  Come I entreat you; lay aside all procrastinations, all delays; put me off no more; eternity lies at the door… do not so hate me as that you will rather perish than accept of deliverance by me.

These and like things doth the Lord Christ continually declare, proclaim, plead and urge upon the souls of sinners… He doth it in the preaching of the word, as if he were present with you, stood amongst you, and spake personally to every one of you… He hath appointed the ministers of the gospel to appear before you, and to deal with you in his stead, avowing as his own the invitation which are given you in his name.  (2 Cor. 5:19-20).

Source: Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer (p. 104)

31 comments
  1. @Kansas Bob – They probably seemed that way to the Church of England. I think they just wanted to see purity (hence the name Puritans) in what had become a dead state religion.

    @Angela – I’m glad it blessed you! I enjoy your blog.

  2. @Kansas Bob – They probably seemed that way to the Church of England. I think they just wanted to see purity (hence the name Puritans) in what had become a dead state religion.

    @Angela – I’m glad it blessed you! I enjoy your blog.

  3. @Kansas Bob – They probably seemed that way to the Church of England. I think they just wanted to see purity (hence the name Puritans) in what had become a dead state religion.

    @Angela – I’m glad it blessed you! I enjoy your blog.

  4. @Kansas Bob – They probably seemed that way to the Church of England. I think they just wanted to see purity (hence the name Puritans) in what had become a dead state religion.

    @Angela – I’m glad it blessed you! I enjoy your blog.

  5. I am sorry – I do not mean to be a spoiler here, but you are all so off the mark it is scary.

    This was an invitation to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. It was no different then as it is now.

    The message is simple but men decipher and complicate the Word of G-d. Religion means a return to bondage.

    Jesus came so that men would be free of the guilt of sin and bondage, sickness and disease so they would have life more abundantly.

    I do not care what any theologian or philosophical leader and or writer says or does not say.

    The Bible is not for personal interpretation.

    This speaks to accepting – as I said above – to accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

    The rest of this is all idle chatter amounting to nothing.

    Jesus Christ is my Lord and and Savior. Is he yours? Accept him now.

    Simply say,”Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and Savior. I receive your gift of forgiveness of my sin and deliverance of sickness and disease by your finished work at the cross.”

    Forget all that mumbo jumbo idiotic babble that is dung and means nothing but to aspire to a mans accolades and does nothing for your spirit, soul, and mind.

    Time is short – accept Jesus as your L-rd now!

  6. I am sorry – I do not mean to be a spoiler here, but you are all so off the mark it is scary.

    This was an invitation to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. It was no different then as it is now.

    The message is simple but men decipher and complicate the Word of G-d. Religion means a return to bondage.

    Jesus came so that men would be free of the guilt of sin and bondage, sickness and disease so they would have life more abundantly.

    I do not care what any theologian or philosophical leader and or writer says or does not say.

    The Bible is not for personal interpretation.

    This speaks to accepting – as I said above – to accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

    The rest of this is all idle chatter amounting to nothing.

    Jesus Christ is my Lord and and Savior. Is he yours? Accept him now.

    Simply say,”Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and Savior. I receive your gift of forgiveness of my sin and deliverance of sickness and disease by your finished work at the cross.”

    Forget all that mumbo jumbo idiotic babble that is dung and means nothing but to aspire to a mans accolades and does nothing for your spirit, soul, and mind.

    Time is short – accept Jesus as your L-rd now!

  7. I am sorry – I do not mean to be a spoiler here, but you are all so off the mark it is scary.

    This was an invitation to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. It was no different then as it is now.

    The message is simple but men decipher and complicate the Word of G-d. Religion means a return to bondage.

    Jesus came so that men would be free of the guilt of sin and bondage, sickness and disease so they would have life more abundantly.

    I do not care what any theologian or philosophical leader and or writer says or does not say.

    The Bible is not for personal interpretation.

    This speaks to accepting – as I said above – to accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

    The rest of this is all idle chatter amounting to nothing.

    Jesus Christ is my Lord and and Savior. Is he yours? Accept him now.

    Simply say,”Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and Savior. I receive your gift of forgiveness of my sin and deliverance of sickness and disease by your finished work at the cross.”

    Forget all that mumbo jumbo idiotic babble that is dung and means nothing but to aspire to a mans accolades and does nothing for your spirit, soul, and mind.

    Time is short – accept Jesus as your L-rd now!

  8. I am sorry – I do not mean to be a spoiler here, but you are all so off the mark it is scary.

    This was an invitation to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. It was no different then as it is now.

    The message is simple but men decipher and complicate the Word of G-d. Religion means a return to bondage.

    Jesus came so that men would be free of the guilt of sin and bondage, sickness and disease so they would have life more abundantly.

    I do not care what any theologian or philosophical leader and or writer says or does not say.

    The Bible is not for personal interpretation.

    This speaks to accepting – as I said above – to accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

    The rest of this is all idle chatter amounting to nothing.

    Jesus Christ is my Lord and and Savior. Is he yours? Accept him now.

    Simply say,”Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and Savior. I receive your gift of forgiveness of my sin and deliverance of sickness and disease by your finished work at the cross.”

    Forget all that mumbo jumbo idiotic babble that is dung and means nothing but to aspire to a mans accolades and does nothing for your spirit, soul, and mind.

    Time is short – accept Jesus as your L-rd now!

  9. Layla,

    Don’t need to apologize. First off – these are the words of John Owen, not me. I didn’t offer any commentary.

    Secondly… are we reading the same thing? I don’t disagree with you. It is an invitation to receive Christ. I don’t think I said anything differently than that (I personally didn’t say anything at all).

  10. Layla,

    Don’t need to apologize. First off – these are the words of John Owen, not me. I didn’t offer any commentary.

    Secondly… are we reading the same thing? I don’t disagree with you. It is an invitation to receive Christ. I don’t think I said anything differently than that (I personally didn’t say anything at all).

  11. Layla,

    Don’t need to apologize. First off – these are the words of John Owen, not me. I didn’t offer any commentary.

    Secondly… are we reading the same thing? I don’t disagree with you. It is an invitation to receive Christ. I don’t think I said anything differently than that (I personally didn’t say anything at all).

  12. Layla,

    Don’t need to apologize. First off – these are the words of John Owen, not me. I didn’t offer any commentary.

    Secondly… are we reading the same thing? I don’t disagree with you. It is an invitation to receive Christ. I don’t think I said anything differently than that (I personally didn’t say anything at all).

  13. Layla,

    Some additional thoughts:

    I agree that we need to be careful with interpretation because proper hermenutics says we have to look at the text, the original languges (at times), the original context and audience. Not our circumstances. God’s Word is timeless. Now application of God’s word can be personal.

    Also… regarding theologians – they are not always right, but to wholly dismiss them I believe is a mistake and quite arrogant. I would suspect that you listen to your pastor. If you think that somehow because I posted this quote that I’m elevating John Owen above scripture you don’t know me very well. Scripture is infallible, Owen isn’t. I’m not and neither are you.

    You are right that “today is the day of salvation” though.

  14. Layla,

    Some additional thoughts:

    I agree that we need to be careful with interpretation because proper hermenutics says we have to look at the text, the original languges (at times), the original context and audience. Not our circumstances. God’s Word is timeless. Now application of God’s word can be personal.

    Also… regarding theologians – they are not always right, but to wholly dismiss them I believe is a mistake and quite arrogant. I would suspect that you listen to your pastor. If you think that somehow because I posted this quote that I’m elevating John Owen above scripture you don’t know me very well. Scripture is infallible, Owen isn’t. I’m not and neither are you.

    You are right that “today is the day of salvation” though.

  15. Layla,

    Some additional thoughts:

    I agree that we need to be careful with interpretation because proper hermenutics says we have to look at the text, the original languges (at times), the original context and audience. Not our circumstances. God’s Word is timeless. Now application of God’s word can be personal.

    Also… regarding theologians – they are not always right, but to wholly dismiss them I believe is a mistake and quite arrogant. I would suspect that you listen to your pastor. If you think that somehow because I posted this quote that I’m elevating John Owen above scripture you don’t know me very well. Scripture is infallible, Owen isn’t. I’m not and neither are you.

    You are right that “today is the day of salvation” though.

  16. Layla,

    Some additional thoughts:

    I agree that we need to be careful with interpretation because proper hermenutics says we have to look at the text, the original languges (at times), the original context and audience. Not our circumstances. God’s Word is timeless. Now application of God’s word can be personal.

    Also… regarding theologians – they are not always right, but to wholly dismiss them I believe is a mistake and quite arrogant. I would suspect that you listen to your pastor. If you think that somehow because I posted this quote that I’m elevating John Owen above scripture you don’t know me very well. Scripture is infallible, Owen isn’t. I’m not and neither are you.

    You are right that “today is the day of salvation” though.

  17. Owen’s language is direct and to the point. It’s clear to me after reading 2 Cor 5:19-20, that Owen is simply expounding on these verses by adding his voice to Paul’s,(see v. 20)- “We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

    Owen’s heartfelt plea to the lost sinner is only made more appealing to this modern reader by the beauty of the language he uses. No “Dude”, “Hey, man”, or “Man Upstairs” type phrases to be found. I suppose there’s a time and a place for that, but this was a refreshing read.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Terries last blog post..Carpe Aestas (Seize the Summer)

  18. Owen’s language is direct and to the point. It’s clear to me after reading 2 Cor 5:19-20, that Owen is simply expounding on these verses by adding his voice to Paul’s,(see v. 20)- “We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

    Owen’s heartfelt plea to the lost sinner is only made more appealing to this modern reader by the beauty of the language he uses. No “Dude”, “Hey, man”, or “Man Upstairs” type phrases to be found. I suppose there’s a time and a place for that, but this was a refreshing read.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Terries last blog post..Carpe Aestas (Seize the Summer)

  19. Owen’s language is direct and to the point. It’s clear to me after reading 2 Cor 5:19-20, that Owen is simply expounding on these verses by adding his voice to Paul’s,(see v. 20)- “We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

    Owen’s heartfelt plea to the lost sinner is only made more appealing to this modern reader by the beauty of the language he uses. No “Dude”, “Hey, man”, or “Man Upstairs” type phrases to be found. I suppose there’s a time and a place for that, but this was a refreshing read.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Terries last blog post..Carpe Aestas (Seize the Summer)

  20. Owen’s language is direct and to the point. It’s clear to me after reading 2 Cor 5:19-20, that Owen is simply expounding on these verses by adding his voice to Paul’s,(see v. 20)- “We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

    Owen’s heartfelt plea to the lost sinner is only made more appealing to this modern reader by the beauty of the language he uses. No “Dude”, “Hey, man”, or “Man Upstairs” type phrases to be found. I suppose there’s a time and a place for that, but this was a refreshing read.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Terries last blog post..Carpe Aestas (Seize the Summer)

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