In this work fourteen practical questions on how a person is convicted of since to close with Christ an continue in the Christian life.
I. Conviction of Sin
II. Evidence of an Interest in Christ
III. Concern of Christians in Public and National Sins
IV. Recovery from Spiritual Decay
V. The Ground of an Application to Christ
VI. How to Apply to Christ for Grace
VII. On Faith as to the Answer of Prayer
VIII. When is Sin Habitually Prevalent?
IX. Is Habitual Sin Consistent with Grace?
X. How to Deal with Prevailing Sin
XI. Christian Duty in Dark Dispensations
XII. Preparation for the Coming of Christ
XIII. The Contest between Christ and Antichrist
XIV. Christian Duty under Divine Warnings
This book is a collection of John Owen's four treatises on schism within the church.
It deserves attention that this pamphlet, with its humble title, "A Discourse concerning Liturgies," etc., and printed anonymously in 1662, contains the judgment of our author in regard to measures which gave rise to most important events in the ecclesiastical history of England. It is an argument against the liturgy, the imposition of which obliged nearly two thousand clergy of the Church of England to resign their livings rather than sacrifice a good conscience.
John Owen concludes his excellent Preface with these words: "This worthy author has laboured, if I am not much mistaken, unto good success. And, as his design is to extricate things which seemed perplexed, to give light into the whole doctrine of the covenants, by declaring the proper order and method of things contained in them, with their respect one unto another; that the grace of God, in the Covenant of Grace, may be exalted, and his faithfulness, with his holiness, in the Covenant of Works, both in and by Jesus Christ, the end of the one, and the life of the other. So the reader will find, I hope, that satisfaction in these great and deep enquiries, which he will have occasion to return praise and thanks to God for." Mark Jones concludes his excellent New Introduction with these words: "The rewards are to be reaped from a careful study of this work. I would suggest keeping a Bible and pencil close by since Petto is constantly making reference to the Scriptures without giving the quotation of the passage cited. But more importantly, I would suggest keeping your heart firmly fixed upon the Lord Jesus Christ as he reveals to you, by his Spirit, THE GREAT MYSTERY OF THE COVENANT OF GRACE."
In his "Discourse of Ecclesiastical Polity" Samuel Parker decried religious toleration as unfriendly to social order, and attempted to blacken the character of the Nonconformists. Owen was chosen to reply to Parker, which he did in one of the noblest controversial treatises that were ever penned by him. The mind of Owen seems to have been whetted by his deep sense of wrong, and he writes with a remarkable clearness and force of argument; while he indulges at times in a style of irony that is perhaps justified by the baseness and wickedness of Parker's sentiments.
This is the classic commentary by the French Reformer John Calvin. It has been translated to English and includes all Hebrew, Greek words, a linked table of contents, and hyperlinked footnotes.
John Owen's Puritan classic The Mortification of Sin is now accessible to today's readers in this translation and adaption of his original 1656 English text into our modern English. Owen expertly explains how to put to death sin through faith in Jesus Christ. He tells us why it is important for the Christian to be killing sin in his life, what it means to kill sin, and why only a Christian can do it. He shows why sin can only be put to death by the power of the Holy Spirit exclusively available through the gospel of Christ. "Be killing your sin or your sin will be killing you." Each of us is in a life or death battle with sin. It's a battle that can't be won by willpower or works, but only by the power of the Holy Spirit, who brings the cross of Christ into our hearts with all its sin-killing power. While we will never be completely free of the power of indwelling sin in this world, The Mortification of Sin gives all of us a roadmap to the victory over sin available to us in the gospel of Christ.
John Owen, (born 1616, Stadhampton, Oxfordshire, Eng.—died Aug. 24, 1683, London), English Puritan minister, prolific writer, and controversialist. He was an advocate of Congregationalism and an aide to Oliver Cromwell, the lord protector of England (1653–58).
Appointed rector of Fordham, Essex, in 1642, Owen was made vicar at nearby Coggeshall in 1646 after preaching a notable sermon before Parliament the same year. At Coggeshall he came out in favour of Congregational autonomy in church government. His frequent preaching before Parliament led to his attachment to Cromwell, whose policies against the monarchy Owen began to support. After the execution of King Charles I by Cromwell’s partisans in January 1649, Owen accompanied Cromwell on his military ventures to Ireland and Scotland (1649–50).
As chancellor of Oxford, Cromwell appointed Owen vice chancellor in 1652, a post he held until 1657. He was also dean of Christ Church Cathedral (1651–60) and was elected in 1654 to represent Oxford in Parliament, but he was later disqualified because of his clerical vocation. Reserved in his support of Cromwell, Owen opposed plans to offer the English crown to him and avoided participation in Cromwell’s installation in the office of lord protector in 1653. Owen abandoned politics on the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, when the House of Commons removed him from his position as Christ Church dean.
Among his works are historical treatises on religion, several studies of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, and defenses of Nonconformist, or Puritan, views. An edition of his Works, edited by W.H. Goold, comprises 24 volumes (1850–55). (britannica.com)
John Owen was essentially a pastoral theologian, and in his best work, his pastoral concern and acute doctrinal instinct are inseparable. Of the Mortification of Sin is such a work. In this work—the substance of which is a series of addresses on Romans 8—Owen provides teaching in a vital but neglected aspect of Christianity. Owen takes up many of the questions that occur to every believer in the battle against sin. All of his direction is directly grounded in various Biblical passages. He provides keen exegesis and sound advice. This classic work has been reprinted countless times—a testimony to its lasting power!
In A Brief Instruction in the Worship of God, which came to be known as The Independents’ Catechism, Owen outlines the constitution and ordinances of a Christian Church, and explains the duties of office-bearers and members. Scarcely fifty questions, this short catechism gives insight into one of the greatest Puritan theologians and provides rich spiritual nourishment.
"Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak" (Matt. 26:41). These words, which Jesus spoke to his disciples in the garden of Gethsemane, serve as the foundation for John Owen's treatise Of Temptation. Owen preached on the subject of temptation frequently during his many years of service as the dean and vice chancellor of Christ Church in Oxford--Of Temptation is the culmination of his discourses on the subject. In his treatise, Owen addresses the nature and power of temptation, the risk of entering into it, and the means of avoiding its danger. Owen defines temptation as anything with the ability to entice the Christian's mind or heart away from obedience to God and redirect it towards sin. Owen warns us that our power is not strong enough to protect us from temptation; rather, it is by God's power of preservation that we are saved. As Christians, we can guard ourselves against temptation in part by praying for God's power to help us resist it. His treatise teaches Christians how to recognize the threat of temptation and protect themselves against it.
but by the Spirit of Christ."
― John Owen- An Evangelical Classic!
- Includes Paintings of Christ Our Savior, and Images of John Owen
The fact that some who profess to be Christians fall away from the faith has always been an obstacle to God's people, but we are told in the Bible that those who God has called are saved forever. How then are we to understand the saints' perseverance in the Christian life? How are we to view our lives in the light of God's everlasting covenant and Christ's completed work of salvation? What is our motivation to finish the race?
John Owen's work The Doctrine of the Saints’ Perseverance Explained and Confirmed was originally published in 1654 and this easier-to-read abridgement is still relevant to Christians today.
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