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Indwelling Sin in Believers

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Though this is a book about sin, it is no less about the all-sufficient grace of Christ. There is much here to strengthen and comfort the believer. Owen never lets us think that we must depend on our own unaided efforts. Nor are we sent to the law for help, since defeating sin is something the law cannot do. Our victory lies in seeing to it that the springs of grace remain ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Banner of Truth (first published January 1st 1862)
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May 24, 2015 Alex rated it it was amazing
John Owen is a master. He is a true doctor of the soul. He has seen the enemy and has pinpointed its location. He shines a bright light upon the law of sin and intricately describes its every move and motive. Overcoming sin's rule and influence in our lives is a life's work. This is definitely a book to read over and over again.

"Keep a constant, humbling sense of this secret aversion to spirituality that lies in our nature. To see its effects is a powerful inducement to walk humbly with God. The
Oct 01, 2012 Nile rated it really liked it
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This was a very good book. I previously read The Mortification of Sin and on Temptation - The Nature and Power of It. I think this was my least favorite of the three, but it gives a very thorough study of sin, the ways it works, and the power that it has. I would recommend just reading the first two and not this one because much of the information is contained in the first two books. I did enjoy reading this and feel that it did deepen my understand of my own sin.

Some main concepts that really
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Oct 15, 2016 Iain Hamill rated it it was amazing
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Very helpful guide to knowing our greatest enemy as believers.

"The great wisdom and security of the soul in dealing with indwelling sin is to put a violent stop to it at its first motion. Venture all on the first attempt. Die rather than yield to it! … if sin finds any agreement in the soul at all, it gains strength and gradually rises to this madness. You would not have experienced this fury of sin if you had not dallied with it before… if yo had not brought up this servant, this slave, delicat
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Aug 25, 2012 Mark A Powell rated it it was amazing
Why do Christians continue to sin? This is a question that every believer deals with, and this classic Owen work (made easier to read and abridged) proves very beneficial in addressing the issue of indwelling sin. Owen persuades Christians that they can never be free from sin unless they are willing to forcibly put it to death. He also wisely cautions against sin’s subtle strategies to undermine those efforts to root it out and destroy it.
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Jul 06, 2014 Steve Davies rated it it was amazing
Excellent, very challenging. I think it will be a book I will visit annually and continue to learn from. Owen is truly a blessing from God.

Re-read August 2015. How privileged we are to have the writings of these Puritan masters. Truly a gift from God.
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Apr 09, 2012 Roy Bartle rated it really liked it
Narrow in scope, but depthy. Not a book that I felt able to dip in and out of, or read in spare times. To gain the most from it, I found that I needed to set sizeable chunks of time aside to it, armed with pen and paper. In short, a book that one ought to actively study, not just read.
Jan 11, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing
This was a real eye opener. It will help any Christian in practical living. Wonderful Puritan author.
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Apr 23, 2015 Paul Buice rated it it was amazing
It is a very descriptive and straight forward book on sin in believers and how to be more aware of it in us.
Sep 05, 2015 Matt rated it it was amazing
Great work from John Owen, diagnosing our indwelling enemy. Very good book on a not overly heard about topic.
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John Owen was an English theologian and "was without doubt not only the greatest theologian of the English Puritan movement but also one of the greatest European Reformed theologians of his day, and quite possibly possessed the finest theological mind that England ever produced" ("Owen, John", in Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals, p. 494)
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