Satan's greatest success is in making people think they have plenty of time before they die to consider their eternal welfare.

— John Owen

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Christ did not die for any upon condition, if they do believe;

but He died for all God's elect, that they should believe.


Every time we say we believe in the Holy Spirit, we mean we believe that there is a living God able and willing to enter human personality and change it.


Though we are commanded to 'wash ourselves', to 'cleanse ourselves from sins', to 'purge ourselves from all our iniquities', yet to imagine that we can do these things by our own efforts is to trample on the cross and grace of Jesus Christ. Whatever God works in us by his grace, he commands us to do as our duty. God works all in us and by us.


Be killing sin or it will be killing you.


The first and principal duty of a pastor is to feed the flock by diligent preaching of the word


We can have no power from Christ unless we live in a persuasion that we have none of our own.


The person who understands the evil in his own heart is the only person who is useful, fruitful, and solid in his beliefs and obedience. Others only delude themselves and thus upset families, churches, and all other relationships. In their self-pride and judgment of others, they show great inconsistency.


We are never nearer Christ than when we find ourselves lost in a holy amazement at His unspeakable love.


The foundation of true holiness and true Christian worship is the doctrine of the gospel, what we are to believe. So when Christian doctrine is neglected, forsaken, or corrupted, true holiness and worship will also be neglected, forsaken, and corrupted.


Let no man think to kill sin with few, easy, or gentle strokes.

He who hath once smitten a serpent, if he follow not on his blow until it be slain, may repent that ever he began the quarrel. And so he who undertakes to deal with sin, and pursues it not constantly to the death.


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.


To say that we are able by our own efforts to think good thoughts or give God spiritual obedience before we are spiritually regenerate is to overthrow the gospel and the faith of the universal church in all ages.


About John Owen

Quotes 193 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Theologian
Birthday October 16

For to pretend that men may live habitually sinful lives without any attempt by the Spirit to mortify sin in them, nor with any desire for repentance, is to deny the Christian religion.


Nothing shall be lost that is done for God or in obedience to Him.


Pardon comes not to the soul alone; or rather, Christ comes not to the soul with pardon only! It is that which He opens the door and enters by, but He comes with a Spirit of life and power.


The growth of trees and plants takes place so slowly that it is not easily seen.

Daily we notice little change. But, in course of time, we see that a great change has taken place. So it is with grace. Sanctification is a progressive, lifelong work (Prov 4:18). It is an amazing work of God's grace and it is a work to be prayed for (Rom 8:27).


Christ's blood is the great sovereign remedy for sin-sick souls.


A true saving knowledge of sin is to be had only in the Lord Christ: in him may we see the desert of our iniquities.


There is not a day but sin foils or is foiled, prevails or is prevailed upon.

It will always be so while we live in this world. Sin will not spare for one day. There is no safety but in a constant warfare for those who desire deliverance from sin's perplexing rebellion.


Did you never run for shelter in a storm, and find fruit which you expected not? Did you never go to God for safeguard, driven by outward storms, and there find unexpected fruit?


As a tender and loving friend is grieved at the unkindness of his friend.

.. so is it with this tender and loving Spirit, who hath chosen our hearts for a habitation to dwell in.


Temptation is like a knife, that may either cut the meat or the throat of a man; it may be his food or his poison, his exercise or his destruction.


It is one thing to fear God as threatening, with a holy reverence, and another to be afraid of the evil threatened.


There is only one way to be revived and healed from our backslidings so that we may become fruitful even in old age. We must take a steady look at the glory of Christ in His special character, in His grace and work, as shown to us in the Scripture.


The good Lord send out a spirit of mortification to cure our distempers, or we are in a sad condition!


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.


A man may be carried on in a constant course of mortification all his days;

and yet perhaps never enjoy a good day of peace and consolation.


All that may be known of God for our salvation, especially his wisdom, love, goodness, grace and mercy on which the life of our souls depends, are represented to us in all their splendour in and through Christ. No wonder then that Christ is glorious in the eyes of believers!


Never was sin seen to be more abominably sinful and full of provocation than when the burden of it was upon the shoulders of the Son of God...Would you, then, see the true demerit of sin?-take the measure of it from the mediation of Christ, especially his cross.


There wanted not some beams of light to guide men in the exercise of their Stocastick faculty.


Mortification from a self-strength, carried on by ways of self-invention, unto the end of a self-righteousness, is the soul and substance of all false religion in the world.


When someone sets his affections upon the cross and the love of Christ, he crucifies the world as a dead and undesirable thing. The baits of sin lose their attraction and disappear. Fill your affections with the cross of Christ and you will find no room for sin.


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.


Whatever vices and corruptions men see in the lives of their ministers will not be attributed to the depravity of their old nature which still abides in them, but to the gospel.


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.


He that is more frequent in his pulpit to his people than he is in his closet for his people, is but a sorry watchman.


So great an advantage is given to sin and Satan by your temper and disposition, that without extraordinary watchfulness, care, and diligence, they will prevail against your soul.


As rivers, the nearer they come to the ocean whither they tend, the more they increase their waters, and speed their streams; so will grace flow more fully and freely in its near approaches to the ocean of glory.


What then is holiness? Holiness is nothing but the implanting, writing and living out of the gospel in our souls (Eph 4:24).


Christ is the meat, the bread, the food of our souls.

Nothing is in him of a higher spiritual nourishment than his love, which we should always desire.


See in the meantime that your faith brings forth obedience, and God in due time will cause it to bring forth peace.


Sin is never less quiet than when it seems to be most quiet.


Without absolutes revealed from without by God Himself, we are left rudderless in a sea of conflicting ideas about manners, justice and right and wrong, issuing from a multitude of self-opinionated thinkers.


We ought as much to pray for a blessing upon our daily rod as upon our daily bread.


As among all the doctrines of the gospel, there is none opposed with more violence and subtlety than that concerning our regeneration by the immediate, powerful, effectual operation of the Holy Spirit of grace.


He works in us and with us, not against us or without us;

so that his assistance is an encouragement to the facilitating of the work, and no occasion of neglect as to the work itself.


...but let it suffice us to know that it became God, who is the supreme Ruler, Governor and Judge of all that sin should be punished with death in the sinner or his surety; and therefore if God would bring many sons to glory, the Captain of their salvation must undergo sufferings and death, to make satisfaction for them.


All attempts, then, for mortification of any lust, without an interest in Christ, are vain.


This day was yesterday to-morrow nam'd: To-morrow shall be yesterday proclaimed: To-morrow not yet come, not far away, What shall to-morrow then be call'd? To-day.