Let’s play a little game. It’s called . . . ‘Which John is this?’
Ready? Here goes. Read the following quote;
“The principal object of the love of God is himself…God first and chiefly loves himself; and hence he has made himself, that is, his glory, the ultimate end of all he does in nature, providence, and grace, (Prov. 16:4; Rom. 11:36; Rev. 4:11; Eph. 1:6) and his happiness lies in contemplating himself, his nature and perfections.”
Who wrote that?
If its not John Piper, it must be Johnathan Edwards, right?
Nope. Keep trying . . .
“The Father loves the Spirit; being the very breath of him, from whence he has his name, and proceeding from him, and possessing the same nature and essence with him (Job 33:4; Ps. 33:6; John 15:26; 1 John 5:7). The Son loves the Father, of whom he is begotten, with whom he was brought up, in whose bosom he lay from all eternity, as his own and only begotten Son; and as man, the law of God was in his heart; the sum of which is to love the Lord God with all the heart and soul; and as Mediator he showed his love to him by an obedience to his commandment, even though that was to suffer death for his people (Ps. 40:8; John 14:31, 10:18; Phil. 2:8). The Son also loves the Spirit, since he proceeds from him, as from the Father, and is called the Spirit of the Son, (Gal. 4:6) and Christ often speaks of him with pleasure and delight, (Isa. 48:16, 61:1; John 14:16, 17, 26, 15:26, 16:7, 13). And the Spirit loves the Father and the Son, and sheds abroad the love of them both in the hearts of his people; he searches into the deep things of God, and reveals them to them; and takes of the things of Christ, and shows them unto them; and so is both the Comforter of them, and the Glorifier of him (1 Cor. 2:10-12; John 16:14).”
So, who is it? John Owen, you say?
Had enough yet?
This is the writing of John Gill, by far the most important systematic theologian of the Reformed Baptist tradition (many of you saw that one coming..didn’t you?
And the point of all of this? Two things;
1) To get you to read a great snippet of pure God centred theology.
2) To show you that if you enjoy reading John Piper/Edwards/Owen/Calvin, you will love reading John Gill!
Pretty crafty..I know, I know.