Posted by: chuckbumgardner | June 21, 2007

Contending for Our All, part 2: John Owen

(Read much of the content here. Background for Owen and links are here.)


“Be killing sin or it will be killing you.” – John Owen’s paraphrase of Rom 8:13, Works, VI:9

“A man preacheth that sermon only well unto others which preacheth itself in his own soul.” – John Owen, Works, XVI:76

“The true notion of holy evangelical truths will not live, at least not flourish, where they are divided from a holy conversation.  As we learn all to practise, so we learn much by practice. . . . And hereby alone can we come unto the assurance that what we know and learn is indeed the truth. . . . And hereby will they be led continually into farther degrees of knowledge; for the mind of man is capable of receiving continual supplies in the increase of light and knowledge . . . if . . . they are improved unto their proper end in obedience unto God.  but without this the mind will be quickly stuffed with notions, so that no streams can descend into it from the fountain of truth.” – John Owen, Works, IV:206, emphasis original

“One great hindrance to holiness in the ministry of the Word is that we are prone to preach and write without pressing into the things we say and making them real to our own souls.  Over the years words begin to come easy, and we find we can speak of mysteries without standing in awe; we can speak of purity wihtout feeling pure; we can speak of zeal without spiritual passion; we can speak of God’s holiness without trembling; we can speak of sin without sorrow; we can speak of heaven without eagerness.  And the result is an increasing hardening of the spiritual life.” Piper, CfOA, 109


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