“Be killing sin or it will be killing you.” This crucial principle stands at the core of John Owen’s monumental work, “Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers.” This marks the first of four lengthy expositions in Volume 6: Temptation and Sin.
The Puritan divine clearly sets forth the biblical case for mortification. Mortification is the duty of every believer: “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.” Indeed, Owen adds, “The vigour, and power, and comfort of our spiritual life depends on the mortification of the deeds of the flesh.”
In typical Owen fashion, he leaves no stone unturned here. He describes the imperative, the motivations behind the imperative, the dangers of disobedience, the blessing of obedience, and practical principles for mortifying the flesh.
Owen leaves a God-centered legacy that stands the test of time. His writing goes to the core of indwelling sin and offers Christians a wealth of biblical ammunition that will sufficiently arm them as they engage in hand to hand combat in the area of spiritual warfare.