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NATURE, POWER, DECEIT,
JOHN OWEN, D. D.
VICE-CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD.
AN INTRODUCTORY ESSAY,
THOMAS CHALMERS, D. D.
PROFESSOR OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. ANDREWS.
PRINTED FOR CHALMERS AND COLLINS;
AND G. B. WHITTAKER, LONDON.
We hold it of prime importance, in the business of practical Christianity, that we understand well the kind of work which is put into our hands, both that we may go rightly about it, and also that we may have the comfort of judging whether it is actually making progress under our exertions. A mistake on this point may
lead us perhaps to waste our efforts on that which is impracticable; and when these efforts of course turn out to be fruitless, may
lead us to abandon our spirits to utter despondency; and thus, to use the language of the Apostle Paul, running as uncertainly, and fighting as one that beateth the air, we may spend our days, alike strangers to peace, and to progressive holiness.
Now we regard the doctrine which forms the main topic of the following admirable Treatise of Dr. OWEN, “ ON INDWELLING SIN IN BELIEVERS, as one of those subjects, a right understanding of which has no small degree of influence on the believer's peace and progress in the divine life. And it is most important to attend to the Apostle's reasoning, in his exposition of this subject, in which he