January 13, 2019 by directorfsm
by John Owen – January 13th 2019
Chapter 2 – CONTINUOUS ACTIVITY OF INDWELLING SIN Continued
d. The Spirit given to contend against sin
This is one main reason why the Spirit and the new nature are given to us: so that we may have a principle within by which to oppose sin and lust. “The flesh lusteth against the Spirit.” Well, and what then? Why, “The Spirit [also lusteth] against the flesh” (Gal 5:17). There is a propensity in the Spirit and the spiritual new nature to be acting against the flesh, as well as in the flesh to be acting against the Spirit. It is our participation of the divine nature that gives us an escape from the pollutions that are in the world through lust (2Pe 1:4-5). There is a law of the mind as well as a law of the members (Rom 7:23).
Now, first, this is the most unjust and unreasonable thing in the world: when two combat-ants are engaged, to bind one and keep him from doing his utmost, and to leave the other at liberty to wound him at his pleasure. Secondly, this is the most foolish thing in the world: to bind Him Who fights for our eternal condition, and to let him alone who seeks and violently attempts our everlasting ruin. The contest is for our lives and souls. Not to be daily employing the Spirit and new nature for the mortifying of sin is to neglect that excellent assistance which God has given us against our greatest enemy. If we neglect to make use of what we have received God may justly hold His hand from giving us more. His graces as well as His gifts are bestowed on us to use, exercise, and trade with. Not to be daily mortifying sin is to sin against the goodness, kindness, wisdom, grace, and love of God, who has furnished us with a principle for doing it.