Overcoming Sin And Temptation (Paperback)John Owen & Kelly M Kapic
Theologically robust and insightful, while also being accessible to modern readers.
John Owen’s writings, though challenging, are full of rich spiritual insights. In this unabridged volume, editors Justin Taylor and Kelly Kapic have made updates to the author’s language, translated the Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, and footnoted difficult or unknown phrases, all without sacrificing any of Owen’s original message. These three treatises on temptation, sin, and repentance are theologically robust and insightful, while also being accessible to modern readers. Overcoming Sin and Temptation will help a new generation benefit from the writings of this remarkable Puritan. Now redesigned with a new cover.
"The editors of this volume have worked hard to make Owen's unrivalled insight into the Christian's inner war with sin accessible to all, and the result is truly a godsend." - J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College
"To read Owen is to mine spiritual gold. Unfortunately, as in mining, reading Owen is hard work. Now, Kelly Kapic and Justin Taylor have made Owen's work accessible to modern readers while still retaining his unique writing style." - Jerry Bridges, author, The Pursuit of Holiness
“John Owen’s wisdom is the missing link in our culture’s confusion about sexual sin. Kapic and Taylor’s matchless edition renders transparent the practical theology of one of the great Puritan thinkers, bringing Owen to accessible light without sacrificing theological integrity. I consistently use this book in women’s studies and one-on-one discipling and counselling, especially with women who struggle with unwanted lesbian desires and pornography. Understanding that indwelling sin manipulates believers and how to deal with this is, sadly, the best kept secret in contemporary evangelical discourse on sin. Understanding sin rightly allows believers to glorify God with rugged love, as Owen shows us that repentance of sin is itself the threshold to our merciful God. Every believer should read this book.” - Rosaria Butterfield, former tenured Professor of English at Syracuse University; author, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert; mother, pastor’s wife, and speaker
"With brilliant editorial efforts and insightful introductions by Kapic and Taylor, John Owen's magnificent treatises on sin and sanctification have been made available for a new generation." - David S. Dockery, President, Trinity International University
About the Author
Known as the "theologian's theologian," John Owen (1616–1683) was vice chancellor of Oxford University and served as advisor and chaplain to Oliver Cromwell. Among the most learned and active of the Puritans in seventeenth-century Europe, he was an erudite and accomplished theologian, both in doctrine and practical theology.
ByJohn Owen & Kelly M Kapic
Size152 x 229 mm
Number of Pages464 pp
PublisherGood News Publishers / Crossway Books
The Foundation Of Mortification: Romans 8:13
[So] that what I have of direction to contribute to the carrying on of the work
of mortification in believers may receive order and perspicuity, I shall lay
the foundation of it in those words of the apostle, “If you through the Spirit
do mortify the deeds of the body you shall live” (Rom. 8:13), and reduce
the whole to an improvement of the great evangelical truth and mystery
contained in them.
The apostle having made a recapitulation of his doctrine of justification
by faith, and the blessed estate and condition of them who are made by grace
partakers thereof, verses 1-3 of this chapter proceed to improve it to the holi-
ness and consolation of believers.
Among his arguments and motives unto holiness, the verse mentioned
contains one from the contrary events and effects of holiness and sin: “If you
live after the flesh, you shall die.” What it is to “live after the flesh,” and
what it is to “die,” that being not my present aim and business, I shall not
otherwise explain than as they will fall in with the sense of the latter words
of the verse, as before proposed.
In the words peculiarly designed for the foundation of the ensuing dis-
course, there is:
1. A duty prescribed: “Mortify the deeds of the body.”
2. The persons denoted to whom it is prescribed: “You”—“if you
3. A promise annexed to that duty: “You shall live.”
4. The cause or means of the performance of this duty—the Spirit: “If
you through the Spirit.”
5. The conditionality of the whole proposition, wherein duty, means,
and promise are contained: “If you,” etc.
The Conditionality: A Certain Connection
The first thing occurring in the words as they lie in the entire proposition is
the conditional note, ei de: “but if.”