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John Owen – “Sin,” says he, “is Crucified.”

23 May

As a man nailed to the cross he first struggles and strives and cries out with great strength and might, but, as his blood and spirits waste, his strivings are faint and seldom, his cries low and hoarse, scarce to be heard; when a man first sets on a lust or distemper, to deal with it, it struggles with great violence to break loose; it cries with earnestness and impatience to be satisfied and relieved; but when by mortification the blood and spirits of it are let out, it moves seldom and faintly, cries sparingly, and is scarce heard in the heart; it may have sometimes a dying pang, that makes an appearance of great vigor and strength, but it is quickly over, especially if it be kept from considerable success. This the apostle describes, as in the whole chapter, so especially Romans 6:6.

“Sin,” says he, “is crucified; it is fastened to the cross.” To what end? “That the body of death may be destroyed,” the power of sin weakened and abolished by little and little, that “henceforth we should not serve sin,” that is, that sin might not incline, impel us with such efficacy as to make us servants to it, as it has done heretofore.

~John Owen~


Overcoming Sin & Temptation – On The Mortification of Sin in Believers (Wheaton, IL; Crossway Books; 2006) Part 2, Chapter 6, Section:”Mortification Consists in a Habitual Weakening of Sin”. http://www.crosswaybooks.com. eBook.

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Owen – On Killing Sin

2 May

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.


~John Owen~




Overcoming Sin & Temptation (Wheaton, IL; Crossway Books; 2006) p. 50.

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Owen: Can We Expect a Comfortable Event?

22 Apr

If, then, sin will be always acting, if we be not always mortifying, we are lost creatures. He that stands still and suffers his enemies to double blows upon him without resistance will undoubtedly be conquered in the issue. If sin be subtle, watchful, strong, and always at work in the business of killing our souls, and we be slothful, negligent, foolish, in proceeding to the ruin thereof, can we expect a comfortable event? There is not a day but sin foils or is foiled, prevails or is prevailed on; and it will be so while we live in this world.

~John Owen~


Overcoming Sin & Temptation (Wheaton, IL; Crossway Books; 2006) p. 52.

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Owen: Sin Aims Always at the Utmost

20 Apr

Sin aims always at the utmost; every time it rises up to tempt or entice, might it have its own course, it would go out to the utmost sin in that kind. Every unclean thought or glance would be adultery if it could; every covetous desire would be oppression, every thought of unbelief would be atheism, might it grow to its head.

~John Owen~





Overcoming Sin & Temptation (Wheaton, IL; Crossway; 2006) p. 53.

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