The Necessity of Mortification


John Owen (1616-1683)

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“…but if by the Spirit you are putting to death (mortifying) the deeds of the body, you will live.” – Romans 8:13

I am currently working my way through John Owen’s work on The Mortification of Sin in the Believers Life. The first section he deals with why mortification is even necessary in the life of the believer with Romans 8:13 as the key verse. At te end of each section he gives summary statements that are profitable to commit to memory. I wanted to share them with you in order that a) they might assist you in your growth in the faith and b) that it might inspire you to read John Owen’s work and be the better for it.

The choicest believers, who are assuredly freed from the condemning power of sin, ought yet to make it their business all their days to mortify the indwelling power of sin.

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.

The vigor, and power, and comfort of our spiritual life depends on the mortification of the deeds of the flesh.

Do you mortify; do you make it your daily work; be always at it while you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you.

May these be of great benefit to you in reminding you to stay strong in the fight against the flesh. May the Lord grant you victory in the coming week.

Soli Deo Gloria

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