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John Owen

Data de nascimento: 1616
Data de falecimento: 24. Agosto 1683

John Owen é, por consenso, o mais bem conceituado teólogo puritano, e muitos o classificariam, ao lado de João Calvino e de Jonathan Edwards, como um dos três maiores teólogos reformados de todos os tempos.

Nascido em 1616, entrou para o Queen's College, em Oxford, aos 12 anos de idade obtendo o grau de Bacharel em Letras em 1632 e mestrado, também em Letras em 1635 aos 19 anos de idade. Em 1637 tornou-se pastor.

Na década de 1640 foi capelão de Oliver Cromwell e, em 1651, veio a ser deão da Christ Church, a maior faculdade de Oxford. Em 1652, recebeu o cargo adicional de vice-reitor da universidade, a qual passou a reorganizar com sucesso notável.

Depois de 1660, foi líder dos Independentes


„Depois da tristeza vem a alegria; depois da alegria vem a tristeza. Estamos sempre na instabilidade, entre a esperança e o medo.“

„On Christ’s glory I would fix all my thoughts and desires, and the more I see of the glory of Christ, the more the painted beauties of this world will wither in my eyes and I will be more and more crucified to this world. It will become to me like something dead and putrid, impossible for me to enjoy.“ The Glory of Christ


„The greatest sorrow and burden you can lay on the Father, the greatest unkindness you can do to him is not to believe that he loves you.“ Communion with God

„He can make the dry parched ground of my soul to become a pool and my thirsty barren heart as springs of water. Yes he can make this habitation of dragons this heart which is so full of abominable lusts and fiery temptations to be a place of bounty and fruitfulness unto Himself“ The Mortification of Sin

„There is no broader way to apostasy than to reject God’s sovereignty in all things concerning the revelation of himself and our obedience...“

„Steadfastness in believing doth not exclude all temptations from without. When we say a tree is firmly rooted, we do not say the wind never blows upon it.“

„Do you mortify; do you make it your daily work; be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you.“ The Mortification of Sin

„To suppose that whatever God requireth of us that we have power of ourselves to do, is to make the cross and grace of Jesus Christ of none effect.“


„Set faith at work on Christ for the killing of thy sin. His blood is the great sovereign remedy for sin-sick souls. Live in this, and thou wilt die a conqueror; yea, thou wilt, through the good providence of God, live to see thy lust dead at thy feet.“ The Mortification of Sin

„Holiness is nothing but the implanting, writing and living out the gospel in our souls“ The Holy Spirit

„The love of God is like himself – equal, constant, not capable of augmentation or diminution; our love is like ourselves – unequal, increasing, waning, growing, declining. His, like the sun, always the same in its light, though a cloud may sometimes interpose; ours, as the moon, has its enlargements and straightenings.“ Communion with the Triune God

„When we realize a constant enemy of the soul abides within us, what diligence and watchfulness we should have! How woeful is the sloth and negligence then of so many who live blind and asleep to this reality of sin. There is an exceeding efficacy nad power in the indwelling sin of believers, for it constantly inclines itself towards evil. We need to be awake, then, if our hearts would know the ways of God. Our enemy is not only upon us, as it was with Samson, but it is also in us.“ Sin and Temptation


„The choicest believers, who are assuredly freed from the condemning power of sin, ought yet to make it their business all their days to mortify the indwelling power of sin.“ The Mortification of Sin

„Before the work of grace the heart is ‘stony.’ It can do no more than a stone can do to please God.“ The Holy Spirit

„Sin also carries on its war by entangling the affections and drawing them into an alliance against the mind. Grace may be enthroned in the mind, but if sin controls the affections, it has seized a fort from which it will continually assault the soul. Hence, as we shall see, mortification is chiefly directed to take place upon the affections.“ Sin and Temptation

„When the Holy Spirit does his work of regeneration in the hearts of men he does not come on them with great powerful feelings and emotions which cannot be resisted. He does not possess men as evil spirits take possession of their victims.“ The Holy Spirit

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