John Owen, Describing How to Mortify Sin

Image result for john owen“To kill a man, or any other living thing, is to take away the principle of all his strength, vigor, and power, so that he cannot act or exert or put forth any proper actings of his own; so it is in this case. Indwelling sin is compared to a person, a laving person, called ‘the old man,’ with his faculties and properties, his wisdom, craft, subtlety, strength; this, says the apostle, must be killed, put to death, mortified – that is, have its power vigor, and strength to procure tis effects taken away by the Spirit. … The mortification of indwelling sin remaining in our mortal bodies, that it may not have life and power to bring forth the works or deeds of the flesh, is the constant duty of believers. … Sin sets itself against every act of holiness, and against ever degree we grow to. Let not that man think he makes any progress in holiness while he walks not over the bellies of his lusts.” (John Owen, Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers)

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