The Death Of Death In The Death Of Christ

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Jan 1, 1959


‘It is safe to say that no comparable exposition of the work of redemption as planned and executed by the Triune Jehovah has ever been done since Owen published his in 1684. None has been needed. Owen’s interpretation of the texts is sure; his power of theological construction is superb; nothing that needs discussing is omitted, and no arguments for or against his position have been used since his day which he has not himself noted and dealt with. Owen’s work is a constructive broad-based biblical analysis of the heart of the gospel, and must be taken seriously as such. Nobody has a right to dismiss the doctrine of the limitedness of the atonement as a monstrosity of Calvinistic logic until he as refuted Owen’s proof that it is part of the uniform biblical presentation of redemption, clearly taught in plain text after plain text. And nobody has done that yet.’– J. I. PACKER

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The Death of Death in the Death of Christ is a polemical work, designed to show, among other things, that the doctrine of universal redemption is unscriptural and destructive of the gospel. Those who see no need for doctrinal exactness and have no time for theological debates which show up divisions between Evangelicals may well regret its reappearance. Some may find the very sound of Owen’s thesis so shocking that they will refuse to read his book at all. But there are signs today of a new upsurge of interest in the theology of the Bible: a new readiness to test tradition, to search the Scriptures and to think through the faith. It is to those who share this readiness that Owen’s treatise is offered, in the belief that it will help us in one of the most urgent tasks facing Evangelical Christendom today-the recovery of the gospel.


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Introductory Essay, J. I. Packer 1
Analysis of the book, J. I. Packer 26
Epistle Dedicatory 33
Two Attestations touching the ensuing Treatise 35
To the Reader 37
I. In general of the end of the death of Christ, as it in the Scripture proposed 45
II. Of the nature of an end in general, and some distinctions about it 48
III. Of the agent or chief author of the work of our redemption, and of the first thing distinctly ascribed to the person of the Father 51
IV. Of those things which in the work of redemption are peculiarly ascribed to the person of the Son 62
V. The peculiar actions of the Holy Spirit in this business 66
VI. The means used by the fore-recounted agents in this work 67
VII. Containing reasons to prove the oblation and intercession of Christ to be one entire means respecting the accomplishment of the same proposed end, and to have the same personal object 70
VIII. Objections against the former proposal answered 75
I. Some previous considerations to a more particular inquiry after the proper end and effect of the death of Christ 88
II. Containing a removal of some mistakes and false assignations of the end of the death of Christ 91
III. More particularly of the immediate end of the death of Christ, with the several ways whereby it is designed 96
IV. Of the distinction of impetration and application – The use and abuse thereof; with the opinion of the adversaries upon the whole matter in controversy unfolded; and the question on both sides stated 110
V. Of application and impetration 120
I. Arguments against the universality of redemption – The two first; from the nature of the new covenant, and the dispensation thereof 124
II. Containing three other arguments 128
III. Containing two other arguments from the person Christ sustained in this business 134
IV. Of sanctification, and of the cause of faith, and the procurement thereof by the death of Christ 137
V. Being a continuance of arguments from the nature and description of the thing in hand; and first, of redemption 146
VI. Of the nature of reconciliation, and the argument taken from thence 149
VII. Of the nature of the satisfaction of Christ, with arguments from thence 153
VIII. A digression, containing the substance of an occasional conference concerning the satisfaction of Christ 162
IX. Being a second part of the former digression – Arguments to prove the satisfaction of Christ 167
X. Of the merit of Christ, with arguments from thence 174
XI. The last general argument 178
I. Things previously to be considered, to the solution of objections 182
II. An entrance to the answer unto particular arguments 204
III. An unfolding of the remaining texts of Scripture produced for the confirmation of the first general argument for universal redemption 218
IV. Answer to the second general argument for the universality of redemption 231
V. The last argument from Scripture answered 247
VI. An answer to the twentieth chapter of the book entitled, “The Universality of God’s Free Grace,” etc., being a collection of all the arguments used by the author throughout the whole book to prove the universality of redemption 256
VII. The removal of other remaining objections 292
Some few Testimonies of the Ancients 310

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  1. Ellison Marshall

    It took me 4 months to read this book. Every morning before work I read. Owen so clearly explains what Christ actually did on the cross; that He actually, purposely, and eternally secured salvation. Christ did not “offer a wonderful plan for our lives” as some say, but He became our substitute, paying for our sins (whose names were written in the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world). How can we respond to such a wondrous gift; a gift that no man ever asked for. Owen precisely articulates our “creation” as new creatures and that no one can birth themselves into the kingdom of God. The “work” of salvation is Christ’s from beginning to end. EVERY Christian should read this book in order to understand the working of God, using the same power to raise us up in salvation that He used to raise up Christ. Glory be to His name!

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