The Death of Death in the Death of Christ is a polemical work, designed to show, among other things, that the doctrine of universal redemption is unscriptural and destructive of the gospel. There are many, therefore, to whom it is not likely to be of interest. Those who see no need for doctrinal exactness and have no time for theological debates which show up divisions between so-called Evangelicals may well regret its reappearance. Some may find the very sound of Owen’s thesis so shocking that they will refuse to read his book at all; so passionate a thing is prejudice, and so proud are we of our theological shibboleths. But it is hoped that this reprint will find itself readers of a different spirit. There are signs today of a new upsurge of interest in the theology of the Bible: a new readiness to test traditions, to search the Scriptures and to think through the faith. It is to those who share this readiness that Owen’s treatise is offered, in the belief that it will help us in one of the most urgent tasks facing Evangelical Christendom today—the recovery of the gospel.

This is probably one of the most revered of J.I. Packer's myriad works, many of which are without doubt excellent. However, I would go so far as to say that his "Introductory Essay to the Death of Death in the Death of Christ" has introduced more people to this incredible work by John Owen more than anything else... ever written.

Many will not find it within themselves to tackle reading through Owen's treatise due to a) his writing style, and/or b) the profundity of detail in which he felt the subject deserved. Admittedly, reading Owen's book is hardly for the faint of heart and those who have no mind to spend much time feasting upon "meaty" literature. However, this introduction to the work, is much easier to digest and inarguably a MUST READ. As Packer notes with emphasis, this matter of the atonement of the Lord Christ is actually at the very heart of the Gospel itself.

You can read it here: Introductory Essay to John Owen's Death of Death in the Death of Christ.

In His service and grace,

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