John Owen

John Owen, pastor, theologian, statesman, the prince of the Puritans (1616-1683), theologian, was born of Puritan parents at Stadham in Oxfordshire in 1616. At twelve years of age he was admitted at Queen's College, Oxford, where he took his B.A. degree in 1632 and M.A. in 1635


The Father imposed His wrath due unto, and the Son underwent punishment for, either:


1. All the sins of all men.

2. All the sins of some men, or

3. Some of the sins of all men.


In which case it may be said:


1. That if the last be true, all men have some sins to answer for, and so,

none are saved.

2. That if the second be true, then Christ, in their stead suffered for all

the sins of all the elect in the whole world, and this is the truth.

3. But if the first be the case, why are not all men free from the

punishment due unto their sins?


You answer, "Because of unbelief."

I ask, Is this unbelief a sin, or is it not? If it be, then Christ

suffered the punishment due unto it, or He did not. If He did,

why must that hinder them more than their other sins for

which He died? If He did not, He did not die for all their