The Death of Death in the Death of Christ

by John Owen

There is no more worthy pursuit in the world than the knowledge of Christ and Him crucified. The Apostle Paul resolved to know nothing else (1 Corinthians 2:2), for to know Christ is the essence of eternal life (John 17:3). And Christ is most intimately known where He is most thoroughly revealed—namely, in His great work of atonement. He is our Great High Priest, the Mediator between God and man, who satisfies the wrath of God against our sins by bearing our punishment as our Substitute. If theology is the Queen of the Sciences (and it is), the atonement of Christ is the Queen’s crown.

Scripture’s doctrine of atonement is therefore worthy of our study and meditation. One of the greatest books ever to take up the subject is John Owen’s classic, The Death of Death in the Death of Christ. A work of polemical theology, it defends the biblical teaching on Christ’s cross-work against errors that are still common today. But it also is rich with devotional insight and praise to Christ. The patient reader will find his mind well-instructed and his heart stirred to worship the Savior for the great gift of salvation accomplished by the atonement.

—Mike Riccardi, GraceLife Fellowship Group

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