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The Death of Death in the Death of Christ eBook MonergismI’m very grateful for all the free resources Monergism.com has provided.  If you ever need to purchase books you should consider visiting their bookstore as a way of supporting them and the good work they do.

They have made available for free the classic work by John Owen titled “The Death of Death in the Death of Christ.”  I have yet to read this book (hopefully this Summer).


Monergism has also made available the outline of the book if you were interested:

Table of Contents

Introductory Essay by J. I. Packer


Chapter 1. In general of the end of the death of Christ, as it is in the Scripture proposed

Chapter 2. Of the nature of an end in general, and some distinctions about it

Chapter 3. 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

Chapter 4. Of those things which in the work of redemption are peculiarly ascribed to the person of the Son

Chapter 5. The peculiar actions of the Holy Spirit in this business

Chapter 6. The means used by the fore-recounted agents in this work

Chapter 7. 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

Chapter 8. Objections against the former proposal answered



Chapter 9. Some previous considerations to a more particular inquiry after the proper end and effect of the death of Christ

Chapter 10. Containing a removal of some mistakes and false assignations of the end of the death of Christ

Chapter 11. More particularly of the immediate end of the death of Christ, with the several ways whereby it is designed

Chapter 12. 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

Chapter 13. Of application and impetration



Chapter 14. Arguments against the universality of redemption-The two first; from the nature of the new covenant, and the dispensation thereof

Chapter 15. Containing three other arguments

Chapter 16. Containing, two other arguments from the person Christ sustained in this business

Chapter 17. Of sanctification, and of the cause of faith, and the procurement thereof by the death of Christ

Chapter 18. Being a continuance of arguments from the nature and description of the thing in hand; and first, of redemption

Chapter 19. Of the nature of reconciliation, and the argument taken from thence

Chapter 20. Of the nature of the satisfaction of Christ, with arguments from thence

Chapter 21. A digression, containing the substance of an occasional conference concerning the satisfaction of Christ

Chapter 22. Being a second part of the former digression–Arguments to prove the satisfaction of Christ

Chapter 23. Of the merit of Christ, with arguments from thence

Chapter 24. The last general argument



Chapter 1. Things previously to be considered, to the solution of objections

Chapter 2. An entrance to the answer unto particular arguments

Chapter 3. An unfolding of the remaining texts of Scripture produced for the confirmation of the first general argument for universal redemption

Chapter 4. Answer to the second general argument for the universality of redemption

Chapter 5. The last argument from Scripture answered

Chapter 6. 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

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The Foundation of Communion WIth God Owen

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I did not know what to expect when I first got this book; I got it because I was curious and wanted to know more about the famous Puritan John Owen.  The book’s main point is that Christians today can benefit from Owens’ writing with his emphasis on a distinctively Trinitarian piety.  In fact the title plays on a quote from Owen that the foundation for Christian worship is the Triune God.  The bulk of the book are selected passages from John Owen’s work that is divided into three sections: 1.) Knowing God as Triune, 2.) Heavenly Mindedness and Apostasy 3.) and Covenant and Church.  My favorite section was section two because it touched on a lot on searching one’s own heart for the motive of worshipping God and it confronts a wrongful heart and false spiritual high that does not rely on God and the Gospel.  Christians must always watch their own heart for false and prideful reasons to worship God especially when it comes to public worship.  For those who are new to John Owen, both the opening chapter titled “The Trinitarian Piety of John Owen” and appendix A, “Reading Owen” are extremely helpful.  I think “Reading Owen” is important enough that it ought to have been the second chapter of the book rather than being an appendix.  This book did make me want to read more of John Owen.

NOTE: I received this book for free from the publisher Reformation Heritage Books through Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for my honest opinion. The thoughts and words are my own and I was under no obligation to provide a favorable review.

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These are Presuppositional apologetics links around the World wide web during May 15th-21st 2013.  What other links are there that you can share with us?

1.) Can You Surrender Your Worldview to “Prove” It???

2) Ultimate Collection of Free Presuppositional Apologetics Lectures

3.) John Owen on Why God Decreed the Fall

4.) Forth coming book: You Asked: Your Questions. God’s Answers. by Dr. William Edgar

5.) Presuppositional Apologetics Interview (apologetic methodology) with Razorskiss

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Thanks Bryan Lopez for the heads up!

From The Essential Owen Blog:

The links below are PDF copies of the William H. Goold edition of The Works of John Owenoriginally published in 1850-1853 by Johnstone & Hunter. These volumes, are the same volumes that are being published and sold today by The Banner of Truth Trust. I encourage you to buy these books in the form of a hard copy. Nothing can substitute reading a real book. But, since this edition is public domain and the downloads are free, this is the next best thing.

To download, right click and then select “save link as…” Then start reading! Enjoy!

The Works of John Owen, Volume 1
The Glory of Christ
In Volume 1, Andrew Thomson’s excellent biography sympathetically traces his life and experience from his birth at Stadhampton, though his pastoral ministries in Fordham and Coggeshall, his years of public service as chaplain at Cromwell and vice-chancellor of Oxford University, until his last days as a preacher and pastor in London. Also included in this volume are some of his early works, including two pieces that show his intense pastoral concern: Meditations and Discourses on the Person of Christ and Meditations and Discourses on the Glory of Christ. Also included are Two Short Catechisms.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 2 
Communion with God
One of John Owen’s greatest experimental works forms the bulk of Volume 2 of his works. On Communion with God is rich with sound Bible expositions and also includes a fresh translation of The Song of Solomon. It is a heartwarming treatise which drives one to seek the face of “God in three Persons” and to enjoy the rich fare of His “banqueting house.” For those seeking assurance of their salvation it is a particularly valuable cordial.
Also includes Owen’s Vindication of the Doctrine of the Trinity.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 3 
 The Holy Spirit 
Owen on the Holy Spirit, as the work contained in this volume has generally been called, is perhaps one of the best known and most highly esteemed of Owen’s treatises — his masterpiece. The book is divided into five sections. The first deals with the name, nature, personality, and the mission of the Holy Spirit; the second, with the operations of the holy spirit under the Old Testament; the third, with the Spirit’s work under the New Testament; the fourth, with the work of the spirit in sanctification; and the fifth, with the necessity of holiness and obedience.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 4 
The Reason of Faith
This volume contains the second part of Owen’s extensive and valuable work on the Holy Spirit. His Discourse on the Holy Spirit, which makes up the whole of volume 3, was published in 1674. Uncertain that he would be able to finish all he planned to do on the subject, Owen was led to publish his work in seperate treatises. The treatises which make up this volume cover in the author’s words ‘the work of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of illumination, of supplicaiton, of consolation and as the immediate author of all spiritual offices and gifts, extraordinary and ordinary’.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 5 
 Faith and Its Evidences
Owen’s masterly account of justification by faith, first printed in 1677, is distinguished from the other two classical 17th-century English treatises on this subject (those of Downame and Davenant) by its non-speculative, non-scholastic character and its dominating pastoral concern. The resurgent Roman challenge, and current Protestant confusion, obliged Owen to write controversially at certain points, but the core of his discourse is straight forward biblical exposition, massive, fresh, compelling and practical.
Also includes Evidences of the Faith of God’s Elect.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 6 
Temptation and Sin 
John Owen was essentially a pastoral theologian, and in his best writings his pastoral concern and acute doctrinal instinct are inseparable. Even at his most polemical his motivation is always the defense of the flock of God from the onslaught of false doctrine. In the four works contained in this volume we have Owen at his very best: On the Mortification of Sin, Temptation, Indwelling Sin, and Exposition of Psalm 130

The Works of John Owen, Volume 7 
Sin & Grace
Owen shines in this second volume dedicated to more “practical” subjects. (Volumes 6 through 9 are dedicated thus.) Includes The Nature and Causes of Apostasy, Spiritual-Mindedness, and The Dominion of Sin and Grace.
Owen’s classic work On Spiritual Mindedness should be read often…one of the greatest works of devotional literature ever penned. It is also a great place to start if you are new to reading Owen.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 8 
Sermons to the Nations
This volume contains 16 sermons, all published during Owen’s lifetime. While they are eminently biblical in character and bristling with scriptural reference, they are at the same time of historical importance.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 9 
Sermons to the Church
This volume contains 83 sermons, including 14 which resolve “Practical Cases of Conscience” and 25 intended as preparation for the Lord’s Table. The remainder are on such subjects as “Gospel Charity”, “Christ’s Pastoral Care”, “The Duty of a Pastor”, and “The Excellancy of Christ.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 10 
The Death of Christ
In March 1642 John Owen’s first literary production was published; it dealt with the Atonement, a subject to which he was to return in several of his later works. This first treatise, entitled A Display of Arminianism is a simple comparison of the tenets of that system with the teaching of scripture. He later went on to pen what is arguably the definitive work on the extent of the atonement, The Death of Death in the Death of Christ. Both are included here, along with two other related works: The Death of Christ (a reply to Richard Baxter) and A Dissertation on Divine Justice.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 11 
Continuing in the Faith
The Doctrine of the Saints’ Perseverance Explained and Confirmed
Written to answer “Redemption Redeemed” by the Arminian, John Goodwin, the main treatise of this book contains a minute refutation of Goodwin’s views but nevertheless would, in the words of Andrew Thompson “be almost as complete were very part of it that refers Goodwin expunged, and undeniafroms the most masterly vindication of the perseverance of the saints in the English tongue.”

The Works of John Owen, Volume 12 
The Gospel Defended
In the 1650s historic Christianity in England was challenged by Socinianism. Owen was commissioned to write a refutation of this heretical system. He begins by tracing the history of Socinianism and goes on to deal with all the points of controversy. The Socinians’ views on Scripture, the divine nature and character, the person and the work of Christ, the Holy Spirit, the past and present condition of man, election and justification are all thoroughly examined.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 13 
Ministry and Fellowship
A perennial concern of John Owen throught his literary career was the subject of the Church. Thus it is not surprising that four of the sixteen volumes of his works are devoted to this field. This volume contains several of such works, and principally deals with the subject of the schism. The charge of schism was repeatedly brought against those who sought to reform the Church according Scripture — the heart of Puritanism.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 14 
True and False Religion
The year following the Restoration of Charles II, a Franciscan Friar, by the name of John Vincent Cane, published Fiat Lux, a plausible attempt to recommend Roman Catholicism as the remedy for the ills of religious and civil discord in Britain. As Owen himself observes, Cane and his co-religionists knew well the importance of striking while the iron was hot, for the times seemed ripe for the re-establishment of Roman Catholicism. This volume contains Owen’s response…

The Works of John Owen, Volume 15
Church Purity & Unity
Contains a number of Owen’s treatise’s on eccesiology:
Discourse Concerning Liturgies
Discourse concerning Evangelical Love, Church Peace, and Unity
Inquiry concerning Evangelical Churches
Instruction in the Worship of God.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 16 
The Church & The Bible
Contains Tracts on Excommunication, Chruch Censures, Baptism, On the Divine Original of the Scriptures, Posthumous Sermons, Indices

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Jerry Falwell views the doctrine of Limited Atonement a heresy.

For those who wants an argument for Limited Atonement read John Owen’s, “The Death of Death in the Death of Christ.” J.I Packer’s Introduction is worth the price of the book.

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