Christians Are For Ever
The Doctrine of the Saints’ Perseverance Explained and Confirmed
John Owen (1616-1683) wrote The Doctrine of the Saints’ Perseverance Explained and Confirmed, which he subtitled also The certain permanency of their acceptation with God and their sanctification from God manifested and proved, in 1654. Here is a modern English version of the same, somewhat abridged.
The book was a reply to the erroneous teaching of a certain Mr John Goodwin. But Owen writes: “The confutation of Mr Goodwin was but secondarily in my eye; the best way for that I judged to consist in a full Scriptural confirmation of the truth he opposed. That I chiefly intended; and therein I hope the pious reader may, through the grace of God, meet with satisfaction.”
Those chapters of Owen’s original writing which are only a rebuttal of Goodwin’s book have been omitted here, focusing on Owen’s rich explanation of the great Bible truth that Christians have eternal life.
About the Author
John Owen (1616–1683), amongst the best known of the Puritans, was an English Puritan who served as vice-chancellor of Oxford University and pastor of congregations in Coggeshall and London. His writings continue to be widely read and greatly appreciated to this day. Some of Owen’s other major written works are Temptation and Sin; Biblical Theology: From Adam to Christ; The Mortification of Sin; The Priesthood of Christ; Apostasy from the Gospel, and many more.
“Both theologically rich and readable, this short book covers a lot of ground. In eleven brief chapters the glories of an unchangeable God, and His unchangeable word are put forth for the encouragement, assurance and joy of the follower of Christ. For any who are unclear about the doctrine of the Christian’s perseverance, this work is a great introduction that will bring clarity and cultivate worship.” — Reuben Hunter, Pastor of Trinity West Church, London