MORTIFICATION OF SIN IN BELIEVERS<br />A summary of  John Owen’s insights by Stephen Lee Kolk<br />Steve@Kolkulations.com<...
Foundation – Romans 8:13<br />What Mortification is NOT<br />What Mortification IS<br />How to mortify sin – by obedient f...
A condition  is stated:  “If”<br />A subject  is denoted: “ye” (believers)<br />A means  is identified: “through the Spiri...
Mortification NEVER means<br />Death and elimination of sin in this life<br />Pretending sin is removed<br />Improvement o...
Mortification is thehabitual weakening of sin<br />Mortification is aconstant fight and contention against sin<br />Recogn...
The Holy Spirit is the only sufficient power<br />In vain do we seek other remedies<br />How does the Holy Spirit mortify ...
Mortification <br />is not possible for unregenerate man<br />Mortification is the work of faith<br />Mortification requir...
Consider whether the sin exhibits particularly dangerous symptoms<br />Maintain a clear and abiding sense of guilt, danger...
Watch out for the occasions when your evil sickness tends to occur<br />React strongly against the first stirrings of your...
Trust in the Sufficiency of Christ<br />Avoid the entanglements of lust by filling your soul with the realization of all t...
Seek The Holy Spirit for Mortification of Sin<br />The Holy Spirit clearly and fully convinces the heart of the evil and g...
THE FOUNDATION<br />Condition  “If”<br />Means “by the Spirit”<br />Actor“you are”<br />Duty  “putting to death<br />the d...
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Mortification of sin in believers

  1. 1. MORTIFICATION OF SIN IN BELIEVERS<br />A summary of John Owen’s insights by Stephen Lee Kolk<br />Steve@Kolkulations.com<br />
  2. 2. Foundation – Romans 8:13<br />What Mortification is NOT<br />What Mortification IS<br />How to mortify sin – by obedient faith<br />Nine ways to prepare for mortification<br />Six Practices of mortification<br />Building on John Owen’s foundation:<br />Goal: Holiness(Heb 12:14) Gold tried in fire (Rev 3:18)<br />Methods: Col 3:5; Romans 6:6, 21, 23, 7:25, 8:6, 13:14; 1Co 9:27; Gal 5:17-24, 6:8; Eph 2:1, 5:14; James 1:15, 1Peter 2:11<br />John Owen and Mortification<br />
  3. 3. A condition is stated: “If”<br />A subject is denoted: “ye” (believers)<br />A means is identified: “through the Spirit”<br />A duty is prescribed: <br />“mortify the deeds of the body”<br />A promise is given: “ye shall live.”<br />- Romans 8:13b<br />Foundation of Mortification<br />
  4. 4. Mortification NEVER means<br />Death and elimination of sin in this life<br />Pretending sin is removed<br />Improvement of a quiet, controlled temperament<br />A sin is NOT mortified when it is only diverted<br />Occasional conquest of sin is not mortification<br />Resolving never to sin again is not mortification<br />What Mortification is NOT<br />
  5. 5. Mortification is thehabitual weakening of sin<br />Mortification is aconstant fight and contention against sin<br />Recognize your enemy – take sin seriously!!!<br />Learnthe wiles and tactics of the enemy – before engaging in spiritual warfare.<br />Severely attack sin – loading against sin all the firepower destructive to its survival! Give it new wounds every day. Never think of sin or lust as dead because it lies dormant.<br />Mortification is evidenced by frequent success against sin<br />What Mortification is<br />
  6. 6. The Holy Spirit is the only sufficient power<br />In vain do we seek other remedies<br />How does the Holy Spirit mortify sin?<br />By causing our hearts to abound in grace and His fruits, which oppose deeds of the flesh<br />“By the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning”<br />By bringing the cross of Christ into our hearts by faith<br />Contrast Gal 5:19-21 with 5:22-23; see Isa 4:4; see Phi 3:10<br />How To Mortify Sin<br />
  7. 7. Mortification <br />is not possible for unregenerate man<br />Mortification is the work of faith<br />Mortification requires obedience<br />Without obedience to God, no believer can mortify sin<br />Without obedience to all of God’s Word and all of God’s provisions for salvation, isolated acts of mortification avail little<br />Universal obedience is essential<br />How can sin be mortified?<br />
  8. 8. Consider whether the sin exhibits particularly dangerous symptoms<br />Maintain a clear and abiding sense of guilt, danger, and evil of sin<br />Let the guilty weight of sin burden your conscience<br />Seek with a constant longing to be delivered from the power of sin<br />Consider of the evil perplexing you is rooted in your nature and nurtured and exaggerated by your temperament<br />Preparation for Mortification<br />
  9. 9. Watch out for the occasions when your evil sickness tends to occur<br />React strongly against the first stirrings of your evil disposition<br />Use meditation as a means of self-abasement by contemplating God’s perfection and your sinfulness<br />Take care that you do not speak peace to yourself before God speaks it<br />Preparation for Mortification<br />
  10. 10. Trust in the Sufficiency of Christ<br />Avoid the entanglements of lust by filling your soul with the realization of all the provisions available in Christ Jesus<br />Raise your expectations of what Christ can do for you<br />Consider also Christ’s faithfulness<br />Focus your expectations of Christ upon the reality of His death and resurrection<br />The Practice of Mortification<br />
  11. 11. Seek The Holy Spirit for Mortification of Sin<br />The Holy Spirit clearly and fully convinces the heart of the evil and guilt that needs to die.<br />The Holy Spirit alone reveals to us the fullness of Christ for our relief.<br />The Spirit alone establishes the heart in expectation of help from Christ.<br />The Spirit alone brings the cross of Christ into our hearts with its sin-killing power. By the Spirit we are baptized into the death of Christ.<br />The Spirit is the author and finisher of our sanctification.<br />In all the soul’s relationships with God, we have the support of the Holy Spirit.<br />The Practice of Mortification<br />
  12. 12. THE FOUNDATION<br />Condition “If”<br />Means “by the Spirit”<br />Actor“you are”<br />Duty “putting to death<br />the deeds of the body,”<br />Promise“you will live.”<br />- NASB Romans 8:13b<br />Build on the Foundation<br />ILLUMINATING SCRIPTURE<br /><ul><li>Condition
  13. 13. Means
  14. 14. Actor
  15. 15. Duty
  16. 16. Promise
  17. 17. Goal</li>

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