January 31, 2019 by directorfsm
by John Owen – January 31st, 2019
Chapter 4 “USEFULNESS OF MORTIFICATION” Continued
1). Unmortified sin weakens the soul and deprives it of its strength….
2nd. Unmortified sin fills the thoughts with schemes about it. Thoughts are the great purveyors(35) of the soul to bring in provision to satisfy its affections; and if sin remains unmortified in the heart, those thoughts must ever and anon be making “provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof ” (Rom 13:14). They must glaze, adorn, and dress the objects of the flesh, and bring them home to give satisfaction. They are able to do this beyond all expression in the service of a defiled imagination.
3rd. Unmortified sin breaks out and actually hinders duty. The ambitious man must be studying, and the worldling must be working or contriving, and the sensual, vain person providing himself for vanity, when they should be engaged in the worship of God.
Were it my present business to set forth the breaches, ruin, weakness, and desolations that one unmortified lust will bring upon a soul, this discourse must be extended much beyond my intention.(36)
34 purveyors – persons who supply provisions; therefore, used here figuratively to illustrate thoughts making provision for the fulfilment of a person’s desires.
36 Owen wrote the related works Indwelling Sin and Temptation. See also Free Grace Broadcasters 160, Tempta-tion; 209, Secret Sins, and 240, The Sinfulness of Sin; available from CHAPEL LIBRARY.