Daily Devotional – Mortification of Sin

by John Owen – February 14th, 2019

Chapter 6 “WHAT MORTIFICATION IS” Continued

2). Some lusts more discernible

    Some lusts are far more sensible and discernible in their violent actings than others. Paul puts a difference between uncleanness(51) and all other sins: “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body” (1Co 6:18). Hence, the motions of that sin are more sensible, more discernible than of others. When perhaps the love of the world, or the like, is in a person no less habitually pre-dominant than uncleanness, yet it makes not so great a combustion in the whole man.

   And on this account some men may go for mortified men in their own thoughts and in the eyes of the world, who yet have in them no less predominance of lust than those who cry out with astonishment upon the account of its perplexing disturbances—yea, than those who have by the power of it been hurried into scandalous sins. However, it is only that their lusts are in and about things which raise not such a tumult in the soul, about which they are exercised with a calmer frame of spirit, their very temperament being not so nearly concerned in them as in some other.

 (51) uncleannessunlawful indulgence of sexual desire.
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PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 11 & 12 February

p-day-byTHE GOSPEL

The everlasting gospel – Revelation 14:6

 The thunder of the gospel made Satan fall like lightening. – John Calvin

 The waters of the sactuary only run through the channels of the gospel. – Stephen Charnock


 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king– 1 Kings 1:5

 Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence – 3 John 9

 Ambition rideth without reins. – John Trapp

 There is no scab or itch more dangerous than the ambition of sects and new opinions. – Nehemiah Rogers

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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… Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. – 1 Sam 31:4

 Ahithophel … hanged himself, and died. – 2 Sam 17:23

 No creature but man willingly kills himself – Thomas Watson

 Judas hanged himself to quiet his conscience – Thomas Watson

 Man was not born of his own pleasure neither must he die of his own lust – Henry Smith

 Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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