January 9, 2019 by directorfsm
John Owen – January 9th 2019
OF INDWELLING SIN
1. The First Principle for Mortification: It Must Be Continuous
Having laid this foundation, a brief confirmation of the fore-mentioned principal deductions will lead me to what I chiefly intend:
Principle I: The choicest believers, who are assuredly freed from the condemning power of sin, ought yet to make it their business all their days to mortify the indwelling power of sin.
The apostle says, “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth” (Col 3:5). To whom is he speaking? Such as were “risen with Christ” (3:1); such as were “dead” with Him (v. 3); such as have Christ as their “life,” and shall “appear with him in glory” (v. 4). Mortify! Make it your daily work. Be always at it while you live; cease not a day from this work. Be killing sin or it will be killing you! Your being dead with Christ by identification and your being quickened with Him will not excuse you from this work (Rom 6:3-4).
Our Savior tells us how His Father deals with every branch in Him that bears fruit, every true and living branch: “He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit” (Joh 15:2). He prunes it, and that not for a day or two, but all the while it is a branch in this world. And the apostle tells you what was his practice: “I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection” (1Co 9:27). “I do it,” he says, “daily. It is the work of my life. I omit it not. This is my business.” And if this was the work and business of Paul—who was so incomparably exalted in grace, revelations, enjoyments, privileges, consolations, above the ordinary measure of believers—how may we possibly defend an exemption from this work and duty while we are in this world? Mortification must continue throughout the believer’s life on earth. Some brief account of the reasons that this is so may be given.