Daily Devotional – Mortification of Sin

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January 17, 2019 by directorfsm

by John Owen – January 17th, 2019

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a. The evil of lack of mortification in a professing Christian

Let him pretend what he will, the professor without mortification has slight(23) thoughts of sin, at least of sins of daily weakness. The root of an unmortified course is the digestion of sin without bitterness in the heart. When a man has so imagined an apprehension of grace and mercy as to be able to swallow and digest daily sins without bitterness, that man is at the very brink of turning the grace of God into lasciviousness and being hardened by the deceitfulness of sin (Jud 1:4; Heb 3:13). Neither is there a greater evidence of a false and rotten heart in the world than to walk in such a condition. To use the blood of Christ, which is given to cleanse us (1Jo 1:7; Ti 2:14); to use the exaltation of Christ, which is to give us repentance (Act 5:31); to use the doctrine of grace, which teaches us to deny all ungodliness (Tim 2:11-12)—in order to support sin, is a rebellion that in the end will break the bones. At this door have gone out from us most of the professors who have left the faith in the days wherein we live. For a while, most of them were under convictions that motivated them to duties and brought them to profession; so, they “escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2Pe 2:20). But having got an acquaintance with the doctrine of the gospel, and being weary of duty (for which they had no principle), they began to encourage themselves in many neglects from the doctrine of grace. Now, when once this evil had laid hold of them, they speedily tumbled into perdition.

(23)  slight – superficial; shallow.

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