John Owen’s “The Complete Works of John Owen: Volume 7: The Trinity: The Helper,” introduced and edited by Andrew S. Ballitch and published by Crossway, is a deep dive into the theological intricacies of the Trinity. In this volume, Owen’s scholarly prowess shines as he unpacks the profound mysteries of the Godhead.

From the outset, Owen sets the tone for this exploration: “The Father is the fountain of the Deity; the Son is the beam from the fountain; and the Holy Spirit is the beam sent forth, flowing from both” (p. 18). With such concise yet profound statements, Owen lays the foundation for his comprehensive study of the Trinity.

One of the strengths of Owen’s work is his ability to dissect complex theological concepts with clarity. He provides readers with scriptural references and logical arguments to support his assertions. For instance, when discussing the equality of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Owen asserts, “There is an equality in the Godhead of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. For, ‘all that the Father hath are the Son’s, and all that the Son hath are the Father’s’ (John 17:10)” (p. 54). This meticulous attention to Scripture ensures that Owen’s theological reflections are firmly rooted in biblical truth.

Owen also addresses the roles of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit within the context of salvation, reminding us that the work of redemption is a cooperative effort within the Trinity. He states, “The purchase of our salvation is from the Father; the price of it is the blood of the Son; and the application of it is the work of the Holy Spirit” (p. 127). This understanding of the Trinity’s involvement in our salvation provides valuable insight for believers.

Throughout the volume, Andrew S. Ballitch’s editorial work shines as well. He introduces each section with clarity and precision, making Owen’s dense prose more accessible to modern readers. Ballitch’s contributions help bridge the gap between Owen’s 17th-century language and contemporary theological discourse.

One notable aspect of this volume is Owen’s emphasis on the practical implications of the doctrine of the Trinity for the Christian life. He argues that a proper understanding of the Trinity should lead to a life of worship and devotion. As he eloquently puts it, “The clearer we understand the Father, the more fervently we shall love him; the more we comprehend the love of the Father, the more joy we shall have in the Son; and the more we experience the joy of the Son, the more we shall delight in the Holy Spirit” (p. 203).

The one drawback of this work is the slip cover and it is the oddest cover I think I have ever come across for it is only 1/3 of of the size of the book. Sadly this puts a damper on what is truly a fantastic volume. Yet to the person who does not like slip covers, it can easily be discarded. In the end, if one were to put adhesive on the slip cover it could easily be permanently attached, which would solve most of the problems.

In conclusion, “The Complete Works of John Owen: Volume 7: The Trinity: The Helper” is a profound exploration of the Trinity that offers deep theological insights while remaining firmly grounded in Scripture. John Owen’s scholarship, combined with Andrew S. Ballitch’s editorial expertise, makes this volume an invaluable resource for pastors, theologians, and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the Triune God.

Statement of Compliance: I want to clarify that I received this book from Crossway for the purpose of a unbiased review. I have not been paid to write a positive review. My assessment is entirely based on my genuine impressions of “The Complete Works of John Owen: Volume 7: The Trinity: The Helper” by John Owen, introduced and edited by Andrew S. Ballitch, and published by Crossway.

Title: The Complete Works of John Owen: Volume 7: The Trinity: The Helper

Author: John Owen

Volume Editor: Andrew S. Ballitch

Publisher: Crossway