Mortify…killing sin

“Do you mortify? Do you make it your daily work? Be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you.”    John Owen

Mortify… not a word we use much today.  Going to the KJV, we still find this word given in instruction.

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  (Romans 8:13 KJV)

For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.   (Romans 8:13 ESV)

and again in Colossians 3…

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:  For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:  In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.    (Colossians 3:5-7 KJV)

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.  On account of these the wrath of God is coming.  In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.   (Colossians 3:5-7 ESV)

“be killing sin or it will be killing you.”

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One Response to Mortify…killing sin

  1. adkkid1973 says:

    Tim,
    That is so true! Even for a believer! It does not kill you eternally but it does temporarily! I pray often that the Lord will help me hate sin more! I truely want to kill the sin in my life! I want to put it to death! It is awesome to watch God work the same in your life as He is working in so many of the lives of the men of ABC, mine included! We have a great God!

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