This treatise by John Owen is founded on
Romans 6:14. Owen, an English Congregationalist, assumes
three facts are true before the writing of his piece.
First, that sin dwells in believers; second, that it seeks to renew its
dominion over them; and third, that it endeavors to accomplish its goal
by deceit and force. He then explores the nature of sin's power over
humanity, explains how to tell when sin is in one's life, and then
assures believers that sin does not have the ultimate power in their
lives. Owen's work is a perfect blend of recognition of sin and the
influence it has on all humans, and comforting assurance that it does
not have the last word. It reiterates the basic knowledge Christians
find in the Bible about sin, but Owen's sharp mind is able to glean
implied meanings and give more body to the information found in
Scripture. Readers who want an honest yet hopeful account of sin need
look no further than Owen's Treatise.