March 16, 2007

Overcoming Sin And Temptation (Chapter 1)

Owen uses Romans 8:13 as his main text for the entire book. His main thesis is:

"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"
In addressing the potential for man to do this in his own strength, and not rely on the Holy Spirit to cause and effect mortification, Owen argues the following:
"Mortification from a self-strength, carried on by ways of self-invention, unto the end of self-righteousness, is the soul and substance of all false religion in the world."
In commenting on why Paul would prescribe this duty to Christians, Owen writes:
"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."
And finally, in discussing the promise "You shall live", Owen makes an amazing (and bold) statement, which I am finding to be more true in my life everyday...
"The vigor, and power, and comfort of our spiritual life depends on the mortification of the deeds of the flesh"
It will be an interesting day, thinking about the word "duty" in those statements!

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