February 10, 2019 by directorfsm
by John Owen – February 10th, 2019
Chapter 5“WHAT MORTIFICATION IS NOT”Continued
5. Not to Conquer Sin Occasionally
Occasional conquests of sin do not amount to a mortifying of it. There are two occasions or seasons wherein a man who is contending with any sin may seem to himself to have mortified it.
a. When sin erupts suddenly
A man may consider a sin mortified when it has had some sad eruption to the disturbance of his peace, terror of his conscience, dread of scandal, and evident provocation of God. This awakens and stirs up all that is in the man and amazes him, fills him with abhorrence of sin and himself (for doing it), sends him to God, makes him cry out as for life, to abhor his lust as hell, and to set himself against it. The whole man, spiritual and natural, being now awaked, sin shrinks in its head, appears not, but lies before him as if dead.
This is just as one who has drawn near to an army in the night and has killed a high-ranking person. Instantly the guards awake, men are roused up, and strict inquiry is made after the enemy, who hides himself or lies like one that is dead in the meantime until the noise and tumult be over, yet with firm resolution to do the like mischief again upon the like opportunity. Upon the sin among the Corinthians, see how they muster up themselves for the surprise and destruction of it (2Co 7:11).
So, it is in a person when a breach has been made upon his conscience, peace, or reputation by his lust in some eruption of actual sin. Carefulness, indignation, desire, fear, and revenge are all set at work about it and against it; and lust is quiet for a season, being run down before them. But when the hurry is over and the inquest(44) past, the thief appears again alive and is as busy as ever at his work.