Reading John Owen (Part 6): How Sin Perverts Grace
But what if we have sinned? Is there no relief provided for our souls and consciences in the gospel? Yes, there is full relief in the propitiation and intercession of Christ for us. This, then, is the proper order for those who are walking with God: first, we are to be kept from sin, and second, there is relief if we sin.
But here the deceit of sin enters. It changes the order of the application of gospel truths. When we desire to come to God by believing it will tell us we must first be free from sin, but when we are walking with God it will pervert the truth that there is pardon for sin."
--John Owen, Indwelling Sin in Believers, p. 105