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Having said all that, the message and content of the book is not diminished whatsoever. Richard Rushing did an excellent job maintaining the gist of the book. It still cuts to the sinful state of our hearts, convicts us of our sin and sinful attitudes, and exhorts us on what we must do as believers to mortify sin and grow in Christ.
It is my conviction that Owen would have approved of the updated language so that his readers would grow and continue to be sanctified in Christ. After all, he was known for actually sitting in on a few sermons that John Bunyan preached and appreciating Bunyan's simple yet poignant sermon deliveries.
Thus, I STRONGLY recommend this book to every Christian.
John Owen was an eminent English theologian and his treatises on sin and temptation are among the most valuable of his practical works.An evidence of that are the many works of his that continue to be in print(and have great usefulness in the lives of many)centuries after his death.
A major part of sanctification is 'keeping the heart'and the Word of God exorts believers to be diligent in that work.A Biblical understanding of 'the nature and power of indwelling sin',what mortification of sin is and the nature,power and dangers of temptation(so that we can effectually watch against temptation)are all elements of 'keeping the heart'.
Pastor Owen not only dissects with great precision how sin and temptation overcome Christians(at times)but offers sage counsel on how to Biblically combat it.Two of the primary spiritual duties to overcome sin are meditating on God's Word and prayer.Prayer helps to sensitize the soul against sin and thus helps to produce a loathing for sin.
It would be difficult to find a better Biblical definition of 'the heart'than Owen gives "in Scripture the heart is variously used as a synonym-sometimes for the mind and understanding,sometimes for the will,sometimes for the conscience and sometimes for the whole soul.Generally,it denotes the whole soul of man and all the faculties of it."
For any of God's people needing help in dealing with sin,John Owen knew His Lord intimately,he was well acquainted with God's ways and with human nature in general.To those who have the slightest doubt of the authors understanding of fallen human nature,one pregnant qoute should silence even the greatest skeptic "the only reason why an unregenerate man is not under perpetual pursuit of some lust is because he is distracted by so many more of them.But the general bent is well recognized,for it is the disposition toward self pleasing.Men are said to have their hearts set upon evil to make provisions for the flesh."(Romans 13:14). The desire to live for and please ouselves as our chief end(as opposed to the advancement of the glory and Kingdom of God)is perhaps the root of all sin.
John Owen's Sin and Temptation is among the finest books on sanctification that has ever been in print.Any Christian who desires to be more godly(under God's blessing)would be greatly aided by this powerful Biblical treatise.