Despite his other achievements, Owen is best famed for his writings. These cover the range of doctrinal, ecclesiastical and practical subjects. They are characterized by profundity, thoroughness and, consequently, authority. Andrew Thomson said that Owen 'makes you feel when he has reached the end of his subject, that he has also exhausted it.'
Although many of his works were called forth by the particular needs of his own day they all have a uniform quality of timelessness. Owen's works were republished in full in the nineteenth century. Owen is surely the Prince of the Puritans. 'To master his works', says Spurgeon, 'is to be a profound theologian.'
Table of Contents:
|CHAP. I.- That the saints have communion with God -1 John i. 3 considered to that purpose- Somewhat of the nature of communion in general||5|
|CHAP. II.-That the saints have this communion distinctly with the Father, Son, and Spirit-1 John v. 7 opened to this purpose; also, 1 Cor. xii. 4-6, Eph. ii. 18- Father and Son mentioned jointly in this communion; the Father solely, the Son also, and the Holy Ghost singly-The saints’ respective regard in all worship to each person manifested – Faith in the Father, 1 John v. 9, 10; and love towards him, 1 John ii. 15, Mal. i. 6- So in prayer and praise-It is so likewise with the Son, John xiv. 1-Of our communion with the Holy Ghost- The truth farther confirmed||9|
|CHAP. III-Of the peculiar and distinct communion which the saints have with the Father-Observations for the clearing of the whole premised-Our peculiar communion with the Father is in love-1 John iv. 7, 8; 2 Cor. xiii. 14; John xvi. 20, 27; Rom. v. 5; John iii. 16, xiv. 23; Tit. iii. 4, opened to this purpose-What is required of believers to hold communion with the Father in love-His love received by faith-Returns of love to him-God’s love to us and ours to him- Wherein they agree- Wherein they differ.||17|
|CHAP. IV.-Inferences on the former doctrine concerning communion with the Father in love||31|
|CHAP. I.-Of the fellowship which the saints have with Jesus Christ the Son of God -That they have such a fellowship proved, 1 Cor. i. 9; Rev. iii. 20; Cant. ii. 1-7 opened; also Prov. ix. 1-5||40|
|CHAP. III.-Of the things wherein we have communion with the Holy Ghost-He brings to remembrance the things spoken by Christ, John xiv. 26-The manner how he doth it-The Spirit glorifies Christ in the hearts of believers, John xvi. 14, sheds abroad the love of God in them-The witness of the Spirit, what it is, Rom. viii. 16-The sealing of the Spirit, Eph. i. 13-The Spirit, how an earnest; on the part of God, on the part of the saints-Difference between the earnest of the Spirit and tasting of the powers of the world to come-Unction by the Spirit, Isa. xi. 2, 3-The various teachings of the Holy Ghost-How the Spirit of adoption and of supplication||236|
|CHAP. IV.-The general consequences in the hearts of believers of the effects of the Holy Ghost before mentioned-Consolation; its adjuncts, peace, joy-How it is wrought immediately, mediately||249|
|CHAP. V.-Some observations and inferences from discourses foregoing concerning the Spirit-The contempt of the whole administration of the Spirit by some- The vain pretence of the Spirit by others-The false spirit discovered||254|
|CHAP. VI.-Of particular communion with the Holy Ghost-Of preparation thereunto-Valuation of the benefits we receive by him-What it is he comforts us in and against; wherewith; how||259|
|CHAP. VII.-The general ways of the saints’ acting in communion with the Holy Ghost||264|
|CHAP. VIII.-Particular directions for communion with the Holy Ghost||268|
|A VINDICATION OF SOME PASSAGES IN A DISCOURSE CONCERNING COMMUNION WITH GOD|
|PREFATORY NOTE BY THE EDITOR||276|
|A Vindication of some Passages, &c.||277|
|A BRIEF DECLARATION AND VINDICATION OF THE DOCTRINE OF THE TRINITY|
|PREFATORY NOTE BY THE EDITOR||366|
|To the Reader||367|
|The Doctrine of the Holy Trinity explained and vindicated||377|
|Of the Person of Christ||413|
|Of the Satisfaction of Christ||419|
Amongst the best known of the Puritans, John Owen (1616-1683) was a profound and thought provoking pastor-theologian. His writings continue to be widely read and greatly appreciated to this day.