For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, Ephesians 3:14-16
The greatest and hardest work of a Christian is the well ordering of his heart, which is unseen. A good Christian begins his repentance where his sin begins, in his thoughts. God has sovereignty over the inward as well as the outward man. As we desire our whole man to be saved by Christ, so we must yield the whole man to be governed by him. We must conform to the truth and goodness of God in the inner man, or we will wrong our own souls with false apprehensions and will view things in a way different than God intended. What a wrong we do to others when we take up false prejudices against them! We are poisoned toward others with unjust suspicions. Our nature is so apt to judge, and this faculty exercises a tyranny in the soul, setting up and pulling down whom we will. Satan often casts a mist before our imagination so that we might have a misshapen concept of things. By the spirit of illusion, Satan makes worldly things appear bigger to us, and spiritual things lesser than indeed they are, and our affections are misled. Imagination is the womb, and Satan the father of all monstrous conceptions and disordered lusts. Even the best of God’s people that are kept from evil because of their conscience may fail in their imagination. Both, however, are open before God and hateful to him. When one does not exercise his conscience concerning his thoughts, God often gives him up to the actual deed. God counts it an honour when we regard his all-seeing eye so much that we do not take liberty in what is offensive to him, no, not even in our hearts. It is evident that the Spirit has set up a kingdom in our hearts when our spirits rise within us against anything that lifts itself up against goodness in the inner man.
Lovers of theology, and particularly of the Puritans, will welcome this English translation of John Owen’s Latin writings. The major portion of this volume is a history of theology from Adam to Christ. Owen characterizes evangelical theology as a gift of the Holy Spirit generating faith in Christ, holiness through Christ, and worship of Christ.
Appendixed to this important work is Owen’s Defense of Scripture against Modern Fanaticism, which is a defense of the authority and proper interpretation of the Bible against the subjectivism of his day.
“Published in Latin in 1661 as a contribution to international Reformed scholarship, this treatise draws on a very wide range of learning. The final part, in particular, where Owen characterizes evangelical theology as a gift of the Holy Spirit generating faith in Christ, holiness through Christ, and worship of Christ, is pure gold. To have it now – at last! – in English is a great boon. Those with a taste for Owen, or for theology, or (best of all) for both, will read this Puritan proto-Biblical Theology with joy.”
– J.I. Packer