This chapter is an introduction to John Owen and his most important works on sanctification. Sanctification meant for Owen that Christians are called to learn the art of battle. To fight the battle of faith Owen wants his readers to understand the nature of sin, the complexity of the human heart, and the goodness and provision of God. The call to Christian holiness includes a proper consideration of two things, the proper knowledge of self and knowing God. In the last section of the introduction Kapic discusses the relationship between the work of the Holy Spirit and man in the work of sanctification.

Source: Kelly M. KapicJustin Taylor, ed., Overcoming Sin and Temptation: Three Classic Works by John Owen (Crossway, 2006), 23-35.

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