Dr. John Owen (1616-1683), theologian, was born of Puritan parents at Stadham in Oxfordshire in 1616. At twelve years of age he was admitted at Queen's College, Oxford, where he took his B.A. degree in 1632 and M.A. in 1635. During these years he worked with such diligence that he allowed himself but four hours sleep a night, and damaged his health by this excessive labour. In 1637 he was driven from Oxford by his refusal to comply with the requirements of Laud's new statutes. Having taken orders shortly before, he became chaplain and tutor in the family of Sir Robert Dormer of Ascot in Oxfordshire. At the outbreak of the civil troubles he adopted Parliamentary principles, and thus lost both his place and the prospects of succeeding to his uncle's fortune. For a while he lived in Charterhouse Yard, in great unsettlement of mind on religious questions, which was removed at length by a sermon which he accidently heard at St Michael's in Wood Street.
The Mortification of Sinby John Owen
From dwelling on humble thoughts to longing for deliverance, The Mortification of Sin provides nine specific directives on how to mortify sin. Using this guidebook, Owen's asserts that since our sinful tendencies remain even after we find new lives in faith and Christ, completely eliminating sin is impossible without Christ's help. However, by using Owen's directives as we fight lifelong battles alongside Christ, we can weaken, mortify, and eventually eliminate sin.
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A Christian¿s life begins after a person realizes their life has been consumed with sin. After realizing that truth they move to trust in Christ to save them from that sin in their lives. Then 'with much more detail in between' they live out their lives a saved person. But what happens to that sin after you trust in Jesus? You still sin from time to time so do you just continue sinning? In response to that question Paul in Romans 6:1-2 said, ¿By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?¿ That is exactly what John Owen¿s book ¿ ¿The Mortification of Sin¿ ¿ is about being dead to sin. Owen¿s book is structured so that the reader can first see why killing sin 'mortification' is important, then after leaving you in a state of distress ¿ due to the want to rid yourself of sin ¿ tells you how to go about the task. Owen¿s book is molded around Romans 8:13: ¿For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.¿ By his supplying of this verse, Owen shows that he is correct in his idea of mortifying the body of sin. Owen knew why this book needed to be written, and now it¿s time for me to forward it to you. ¿Neglect of this duty makes the inner man decay instead of renewing him. Paul affirms '2Corinthians 4:16' that the inward man is renewed day by day, while the outer man perishes. Those who neglect mortification allow their inner man to perish. Grace in the heart must have exercise. If it is allowed to lay still, it withers and decays 'Revelation 3:2', and sin seeks to harden our hearts 'Hebrews 3:13'.¿ I recommend this book to all Christians who desire a growing relationship with God. This is the true way to grow closer to Christ, because that is what sanctification is, mortification. The bible says that Christ was totally man, only without sin. So if we are to be like him we need to rid ourselves of these dirty clothes and put on our wedding garments. It is a duty to our savior to mortify the flesh and to practice being near to him. Another reason I recommend this book is because of its all around goodness. John Owen was a puritan pastor in the late 1600¿s and the early 1700¿s. Puritans are known for their great hold on theology, and in my personal opinion, their amazing word choice used to describe ideas. Although this book is written in `old English¿, His well written descriptions, ¿Mortification not only bears a cause-and-effect relationship to our joy, but it works effectually to bring it to pass. The vigour of our spiritual lives is not possible apart form mortification.¿ ¿ and his vivid words - , ¿The strength of the lust darkens the mind so that the knowledge that once might have resisted exerts no power over the will, so that the lust finds freedom to express itself.¿ ¿ are more than clear. John does not ¿butter-cup¿ if for you but instead he gives you the heart of the matter on a silver platter. It would be a benefit for any Christian looking to deepen their faith and grow in their relationship with God, to read this book. The convictions that Owen will throw at you will knock you down and the wisdom that he presents will lift you back up. Through my reading of this book, I have found myself searching my own heart and slowly weeding out the sin that it holds. I have truly felt a stronger sense of God¿s presence and have seen my need for his mercy more than ever. God has used Owens words to speak to and teach me, that is why I recommend it to you, my reader, because I have faith that it will impact your walk as well.