Review Overcoming Sin and Temptation (John Owen) – Kelly Kapic and Justin Taylor


Kelly Kapic and Justin Taylor have edited one of the greatest jewel from the work treasury of John Owen. John Owen (1616-1683) is one of the finest theologian of the puritan mind. He is well known for a solid, sound and biblical teaching. One of his most important works is Overcoming Sin and Temptation. In fact, this work contains three writings: 1) On the Mortification of Sin in Believers; 2) Of Temptation: The Nature and Power of It; 3) Indwelling sin. These three works together develop what it means for the christian to fight the battle of faith, or to grow in sanctification. It is what the old puritans would use to call mortification of sin. Explaining Romans 8:13, John Owen clarifies the huge importance of the mortification of sin, putting the sin to death through the Spirit. It is the only way a believer will survive this critical battle against sin. Owen is preoccupied to explain all the major biblical passages that deal with sanctification, but also he offers to the reader practical ways in which he can apply this truth of the Bible in his life. Owen helps the reader understand the biblical view of sin, but also the power of the Spirit, and the way believers are called to kill sin in their lives through the power of the Holy Spirit. So the reading of this book will help you understand your need to be killing sin or it will be killing you.

It is a hard reading (like all of John Owen s works) but full of spiritual insights. This volume will help anyone to gain a better understanding on sanctification and motivate the believer to live the life for the pleasure of God.

Note: I received a copy of this book from Crossway for the purpose of providing a review.

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