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The Mortification of Sin (Puritan Paperbacks) Paperback – Abridged, May 1, 2004
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I usually give a book a month or more to ruminate so I can weigh the value of its contents against all that I have learned from scripture, but in this one case I'm breaking that rule. I swear John Owen just drove the sword of the Spirit into the very midst of my still-beating heart like a surgeon's scalpel. This book is life-changing. It is biblical, powerful, relevant and Spirit-filled. Owen has made all the questions which lingered in my mind with regard to sanctification and the means by which we are to pursue holiness by the power of the Holy Spirit suddenly coalesce into a coherent, scriptural, practical, spiritual whole. In 130 pages (Puritan Paperback edition) he did this! And how foolish I feel for not having seen it all before when it is so clear and simple and plainly biblical! But don't take my word for it. Here's the opening statement of the section on the actual work of mortification:
"Suppose a man is a true believer, and yet finds in himself a powerful indwelling sin. This sin makes him captive to its power, and consumes his heart with trouble. It perplexes his thoughts, weakens his soul in communion with God, takes away his peace, defiles his conscience, and exposes him to hardening through the decietfulness of sin. What shall he do? What course shall he take to mortify this sin, lust or corruption? How can he gain victory enough, even though it is not utterly destroyed, yet, in his contest with it, he may be enabled to maintain his power, strength and peace in communion with God?"
This paragraph launches the reader into the answer to these very questions. How can we "by the Spirit put to death the deeds of the body, [so that we] will live" (Rom. 8:13)?Read more ›
Mortification is a word meaning to put to death, and this book explains how we both have a duty and a necessity to actively fight against every outbreak of sin in our lives daily. His most quoted advice from the book sums up his position, "always be killing sin or it will be killing you." He urges us to "always be at it while you live; do not take a day off from this work."
There are chapters on the importance of putting sin to death, the work of the Holy Spirit in mortification, how our spiritual health depends on it, what mortification is and is not, seeing sin for what it is, keeping a tender conscience and a watchful heart, waiting for God, and the work of Christ and the power of the Spirit.
No cute word pictures, no self-affirmations---just a blunt and comprehensive examination of what every Christian must do to become more holy. As Owen says, "Live in the light of Christ's great work, and you will die a conqueror." Read this book.
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An honest, piercing, faith-filled, and scripture-informed examination of the nature of sin, human nature, and the character and means of a God who has purposed to deliver every... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Will
A very readable version of a classic work. Essential component of the Christian library. Highly recommended!Published 5 months ago by RCG
Everyone would benefit by reading this. It's a bit tough to get through but well worth the effort. If you are a student of Scripture, this is a great resource for understanding... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bereanwarrior
A must read for every Christian. I love that this is a condensed version and easy to read!Published 6 months ago by CT
A must-read for all Christians. It makes you hate your sin and fall more deeply in love with your Lord.Published 6 months ago by A.R. Ortiz
Excellent read, better than expected, just as relevant today as it was 300 yrs ago!!!Published 11 months ago by Richard Michael Jufiar Jr