If we ever mean to overcome personal sin, Owen says next that we must load our consciences with the guilt of it. We do this by looking at the holy law of God in comparison to our own inability to keep it. And lest we protest that we are no longer under the law's condemnation, Owen … Continue reading On the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 11–Bring on the Guilt!
Sin's guilt is real, its danger great, and its evil consequences sure. Keeping these realities in mind when we are tempted will help us resist sin's allure. This is Owen's next direction for overcoming sin: "Get a clear and abiding sense upon your mind and conscience of the GUILT, DANGER, and EVIL of your sin." … Continue reading On the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 10–Consider and tremble!
With this chapter John Owen commences to give 'particular directions' regarding how to put sin to death in ourselves. The first instruction is to identify the nature of your sin--how deeply rooted is it? He offers seven characteristics of sin that will require extraordinary measures in order to be eradicated. Some sins will be harder to … Continue reading On the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 9–Take Stock!
Why do we struggle to overcome sin? Do we hate sin because it is sin or merely because it causes us trouble? In this chapter Owen targets our motives in wanting to be free of sin. He makes the case that: "There will be No Mortification of Any Sin without Sincerity and Diligence in a … Continue reading On the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 8–Motives Matter
Chapter four is a short one. With it concludes Part I of John Owen's book, Overcoming Sin and Temptation. Part One has been all about establishing how important it is that we be putting to death ('mortifying') the sin that dwells in us. Chapter Four underlines this necessity in terms of how it affects the … Continue reading Of the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 4–THE KEY TO STRENGTH AND PEACE