Daily Devotional – Mortification of Sin

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February 20, 2019 by directorfsm

by John Owen – February 19th, 2019

Chapter 6 “WHAT MORTIFICATION IS” Continued 

4. Summary

Unto these heads, then, I refer the mortification aimed at—the mortification, that is, of any one perplexing distemper, whereby the general depravity and corruption of our nature attempts to exert itself.

First, the foundation of mortification is the weakening of sin’s indwelling disposition— whereby it inclines, entices, impels to evil, rebels, opposes, and fights against God—by the implanting, habitual residence, and cherishing of a principle of grace that stands in direct opposition to sin and is destructive of it. So, pride is weakened by the implanting and growth of humility, passion is weakened by patience, uncleanness is weakened by purity of mind and conscience, love of this world is weakened by heavenly-mindedness. These latter are graces of the Holy Spirit, or the same habitual grace variously acting itself by the Spirit according to the variety or diversity of the objects about which it is exercised. The former are various lusts, or the same natural corruption variously acting itself according to the various advantages and occasions that it meets with.

A second thing required for mortification is the promptness, eagerness, and vigor of the Spirit, or new man (Col 3:10), in contending with, cheerfully fighting against, the lust spoken of, by all the ways and with all the means that are appointed thereunto, constantly using the support provided against its motions and actings.

Success unto several degrees attends these two.

If the distemper has not an unconquerable advantage from its natural situation, this may possibly be to such a universal conquest as the soul may never again sensibly feel its opposition. The soul shall assuredly arise to an allowance of peace to the conscience according to the tenor of the Covenant of Grace.(54)

(54) tenor of the Covenant of Grace – nature and character of what God has provided in Christ by the Covenant.
Excerpts from Mortification of Sin by John Owen from:The Chapel Library •  chapel@mountzion.org

 

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