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A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life in a Year:

On the other hand, [John Owen (1616-1683)] insisted that the Christian’s experience of God be molded by God’s trinitarian self-revelation. Why is the biblical doctrine of the Trinity crucial for Christian experience? First, the doctrine of the Trinity regulates our worship of God. If our worship is to please God, then it must be our faithful response to what God has spoken about Himself. This is our spiritual worship of God, communion with the three divine persons.

As Owen expanded Ephesians 2:18, “Through him (that is, Jesus Christ, the Son of God) we have access by one Spirit (that good and holy Spirit the Holy Ghost) unto God, that is the Father.”

He warned, “If either we come not unto it by Jesus Christ, or perform it not in the strength of the Holy Ghost, or in it go not unto God as Father, we transgress all the rules of this worship.”

(A Puritan Theology, p. 115)

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