February 1, 2019 by directorfsm
by John Owen – February 1st 2019
Chapter 4 “USEFULNESS OF MORTIFICATION” Continued
2). As sin weakens the soul, so it darkens the soul.
As sin weakens the soul, so it darkens the soul. It is a cloud, a thick cloud, that spreads itself over the face of the soul and intercepts all the beams of God’s love and favor. It takes away all sense of the privilege of our adoption. And if the soul begins to gather up thoughts of consolation, sin quickly scatters them—of which I will say more later.
Now, in this regard the vigor and power of our spiritual life depends on our mortification. It is the only means of the removal of the unmortified sin that will allow us neither vigor nor power. Men that are sick and wounded under the power of lust make many applications for help. They cry to God when the perplexity of their thoughts overwhelms them, but are not delivered. In vain do they use many remedies; they “shall not be healed” (Eze 47:11). So, “Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound” (Hos 5:13), and attempted various remedies. Nothing will do until they come to “acknowledge their offence” (5:15). Men may see their sickness and wounds, but yet if they make not due applications, their cure will not be affected.