The Bond of Grace and Duty — In the Soteriology of John Owen

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Philip Craig’s analysis shows very clearly what was at issue here, and how completely and crushingly, without naming names, Owen outflanks and undercuts this widespread Puritan form of easy-believism. It is a thorough, painstaking and definitive piece of work that carries more of a message for the church of our time than doctoral theses usually do. What a privilege it is to introduce and commend such a worth-while book as this.

— J.I. Packer

Theologian. Professor of Theology, Regent Colleg Vancouver, BC

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The Bond of Grace and Duty | In the Soteriology of John Owen

By Philip A. Craig
©2020 Founders Press
Printed in the United States of America
ISBN: 978–1–943539–16–1

254 pages (soft cover)

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Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 1 in
Author

Philip A. Craig

Contents

Foreword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

1. Owen’s Doctrine of Preparation for Grace and Glory . . . . 9

2. Seventeenth-Century English Antinomianism . . . . . . . . . 41

3. The New England Antinomian Controversy . . . . . . . . . . 58

4. The Bond of Grace and Duty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

5. The Means of Grace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  88

6. Preparation for Grace: Illumination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

7. Preparation for Grace: Conviction of Sin . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

8. Preparation for Grace: Legal Reformation . . . . . . . . . . 130

9. Regeneration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140

10. The Importance of Being Spiritually Minded . . . . . . . 155

11. Preparation for Glory: Conflict Against Sin . . . . . . . . . 166

12. Preparation for Glory: The Mortification of Sin . . . . . . 184

13. Preparation for Glory: Prayer and Meditation

on the Glory of Christ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197

14. Preparation for Glory: Obedience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  211

15. Conclusion and Contemporary Observations . . . . . . . .226

Bibliography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237

Index of Scripture References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247

Index of Names and Subjects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249

Commendations

Dr. Philip Craig’s very impressive work on John Owen establishes that he challenged antinomianism extensively in his Works despite seldom identifying antinomian authors, perhaps anticipating Margaret Thatcher’s later policy of refusing to name her opponents, lest he should unwittingly give them “the oxygen of publicity.” Dr. Craig has demonstrated that he knows his way around the Puritans in general and John Owen in particular. He certainly clears up a great deal of contemporary confusion at the outset by making an important distinction between preparation for grace and preparationism. Philip Craig’s work is relevant for the church today, as antinomianism remains a serious issue. I welcome this book’s publication and wish it a wide circulation.

—Dr. Robert W. Oliver

Lecturer in Church History and Historical Theology, London Theological Seminary, UK

 

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Dr. Phil Craig reveals the thorough work of Owen in presenting the true biblical teaching on saving grace, preparation for grace and the pursuit of holiness. I am so thankful that The Bond of Grace and Duty is now available to faithful pastors who shepherd believers’ souls and to theologically engaged Christians who want to grow in grace. Tolle lege!

—Steve Martin

Dean of Students, IRBS Theological Seminary, Mansfield, TX

 

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Philip Craig’s analysis shows very clearly what was at issue here, and how completely and crushingly, without naming names, Owen outflanks and undercuts this widespread Puritan form of easy-believism. It is a thorough, painstaking and definitive piece of work that carries more of a message for the church of our time than doctoral theses usually do. What a privilege it is to introduce and commend such a worth-while book as this.

—J.I. Packer

Theologian. Professor of Theology, Regent Colleg Vancouver, BC

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