There is a failing, temporary faith with respect to the promises of God, which will not advantage them in whom it is. It is known how often the people of old professed that they did believe and that they would obey accordingly; but, saith the apostle, notwithstanding all their pretensions and professions, notwithstanding all the … Continue reading John Owen The word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. Hebrews 4:2
It is a righteous thing with God judicially to give up such persons unto all manner of filthy sins and wickedness, that it may be an aggravation of their condemnation at the last day. It is the way of God to do so even when inferior manifestations of himself, his word and will, are rejected, … Continue reading John Owen -That Which Bears Thorns and Briers is Rejected. Hebrews 6:8
David Clarkson served as a co-pastor with John Owen at the end of Owen’s life and preached Owen’s funeral sermon at which he said of Owen: “We have had a light in this candlestick, we have had a light in this candlestick, which did not only enlighten the room, but gave light to others fare and … Continue reading Funeral Sermon For John Owen – David Clarkson – 1683
The matter of our prayer respects the depravation of our nature, and our wants on that account. The darkness and ignorance that is in our understandings; our unacquaintedness with heavenly things, and alienation from the life of God thereby; the secret workings of the lusts of the mind under the shade and covert of this … Continue reading John Owen – How The Holy Spirit Assists Us in Our Praying Weaknesses – Romans 8:26
Fornicators, — that is, those who are habitually so, always grow profane; and profane persons, of all other sins, are apt to set light by fornication. These things are written with the beams of the sun in the days wherein we live. They are the especial sins whose relinquishment by sincere repentance is most rare. … Continue reading John Owen – Looking Diligently Lest Any Man FAIL of the Grace of God.
Reflections from John Owen’s The Glory of Christ, the last work he prepared for the press before his death.
This discovery of forgiveness in God is great, holy, and mysterious, and which very few on gospel grounds do attain unto. It is, then, no easy thing to make a discovery of forgiveness to a soul, when the work and employment which conscience, upon unquestionable grounds, challengeth unto itself lies in opposition unto it. Hence … Continue reading John Owen – A Real Sense of Sin’s Forgiveness is Rare – Why?
John Owen’s exposition and application of Psalm 130:5,6 Having been raised out of his depths by the discovery of forgiveness in God, yet not being immediately made partaker of that forgiveness, as to a comforting sense of it, he gathers up his soul from wandering from God, and supports it from sinking under his present … Continue reading John Owen – I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait – The Forgiveness of Sin
This aversion and loathing will oftentimes discover itself in the affections. A secret striving will be in them about close and cordial dealing with God, unless the hand of God in his Spirit be high and strong upon his soul. Aversion to God is the Root of Indwelling Sin .
“… let men examine themselves what number of these vain, useless thoughts night and day do rove up and down in their minds. If now it be apprehended too severe, that men’s thoughts of spiritual things should exceed them that are employed about their lawful callings, let them consider what proportion they bear unto those … Continue reading John Owen – How to Set Your Affections on Things Above, Chapter 4