January 25, 2019 by directorfsm
by John Owen – January 25th, 2019
Chapter 3 THE HOLY SPIRIT’S WORK IN MORTIFICATION continued
2). By a real physical effectiveness on the root and habit of sin, for the weakening, destroying, and taking it away. Hence, He is called a “spirit of judgment and…burning” (Isa 4:4), really consuming and destroying our lusts. He takes away the stony heart by an almighty effectiveness; for as He begins this kind of work, so He carries it on in its progressive degrees. He is the fire that burns up the very root of lust.
3). He brings the cross of Christ into the heart of a sinner by faith, and gives us communion with Christ in His death, and fellowship in His sufferings. About the manner of this we will write more later.
b. Our part in mortifying
Secondly, if this be the work of the Spirit alone, how is it that we are exhorted to it? Seeing the Spirit of God only can do it, let the work be left wholly to Him.
1). The Spirit’s work. The work of the Spirit in mortification is no different from all graces and good works that are in us, which are His. He “worketh in you both to will and to do of his [own] good pleasure” (Phi 2:13). He works “all our works in us” (Isa 26:12): “the work of faith with power” (2Th 1:11; Col 2:12); He causes us to pray and is a Spirit of supplication (Eph 6:18; Rom 8:26; Zec 12:10). And yet we are exhorted, and are to be exhorted, to all these.