The Works of John Owen

Volume 5: Faith and its Evidences

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Weight 0.68 kg
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ISBN 9780851510675
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Cloth-bound

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Book

page-count

457

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5

Original Pub Date

1689 (actually 1826)

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Sep 1, 1965

Commendation of Volume Five

‘The biblical doctrine of justification by faith is that by which the church stands or falls – so thought Martin Luther. John Owen was of the same conviction. Volume 5 of Owen’s works consists of two works: Evidences of the Faith of God’s Elect – a short, valuable exposition of the characteristics of saving faith – and his much longer, magisterial treatise, The Doctrine of Justification by Faith. The great theme of this latter work is that the believer is justified by the imputation of the righteousness of Jesus Christ, by faith and not by works. As the apostle Paul says, ‘It is God who justifies’ (Rom. 8:33).

Owen was fighting here on three fronts: with the Roman Catholic, who taught that justification is by infusion, not imputation, of righteousness; with the Socinian, who denied that Christ made atonement for sins; and with those of Owen’s fellow-Protestants who taught that the believer’s evangelical obedience contributed to his justification. Each of these views is with us today. A careful reading of Owen’s work will arm the mind with biblical truth to ward off such errors and, more importantly, feed the soul with solid truth that brings glory to Christ and peace and joy to the believer’s heart.’

– ROBERT STRIVENS, Pastor, Bradford on Avon Baptist Church

Table of Contents Expand ↓

THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH.
PREFATORY NOTE BY THE EDITOR 2
To the Reader 3
GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS
PREVIOUS UNTO THE EXPLANATION OF THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION.
FIRSTLY, The general nature of justification 7
SECONDLY, A due consideration of God, 13
THIRDLY, A due sense of our apostasy from God, 20
FOURTHLY, Opposition between works and grace, 24
FIFTHLY, A commutation as unto sin and righteousness, 34
SIXTHLY, Introduction of grace by Jesus Christ into the whole of our relation unto God, 44
SEVENTHLY, General prejudices against the imputation of the righteousness of Christ 55
EIGTHLY, Influence of the doctrine of justification into the first Reformation 64
CHAPTER I.
Justification by faith generally acknowledged- 70
CHAPTER II.
The nature of justifying faith in particular, or of faith in the exercise of it, whereby we are justified- 93
CHAPTER III.
Use of faith in justification; various conceptions about it- 107
CHAPTER IV.
The proper sense of these words, justification, and to justify, considered- 123
CHAPTER V.
Distinction of a first and second justification- 137
CHAPTER VI.
Evangelical personal righteousness; the nature and use of it- 152
CHAPTER VII.
Imputation, and the nature of it- 162
CHAPTER VIII.
Imputation of sin unto Christ- 175
CHAPTER IX.
Principal controversies about justification- 205
CHAPTER X.
Arguments for justification by the imputation of the righteousness of Christ- 223
CHAPTER XI.
Nature of the obedience or righteousness required unto justification- 240
CHAPTER XII.
Imputation of the obedience of Christ no less necessary than that of his suffering, on the same ground- 251
CHAPTER XIII.
The difference between the two covenants stated- 275
CHAPTER XIV.
All works whatever expressly excluded from any interest in our justification before God- 278
CHAPTER XV.
Of faith alone- 290
CHAPTER XVI.
Testimonies of Scripture confirming the doctrine of justification by the imputation of the righteousness of Christ- 295
CHAPTER XVII.
Testimonies out of the evangelists considered- 299
CHAPTER XVIII.
Testimonies out of the Epistles of Paul the apostle- 306
Rom. v. 12-21. Boasting excluded in ourselves, asserted in God- 321
Rom. x. 3, 4, explained and insisted on to the same purpose- 338
1 Cor. i. 30. Christ, how of God made righteousness unto us- 344
2 Cor. v. 21. In what sense Christ knew no sin- 347
Gal. ii. 16 354
Eph. ii. 8-10. Evidence of this testimony-
356
Phil. iii. 8, 9. Heads of argument from this testimony- 363
CHAPTER XIX.
Objections against the doctrine of justification by the imputation of the righteousness of Christ- 372
CHAPTER XX.
Seeming difference, no real contradiction, between the apostles Paul and James, concerning justification- 384
GOSPEL GROUNDS AND EVIDENCES OF THE FAITH OF GOD’S ELECT.
PREFATORY NOTE BY THE EDITOR 402
To the Reader 404
Evidences of the faith of God’s elect 405
The first evidence of the faith of God’s elect 411
The second evidence of the faith of God’s elect 422
The third evidence of the faith of God’s elect 436
The fourth evidence of the faith of God’s elect 442

 

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