Last week I treated a short section of John Owen’s work The Mortification of Sin. Without seeking to go through the entire work, I wanted to follow it up with another post or two on other portions that I have especially found helpful.
I, as others, have found Owen’s treatment deeply insightful and purifying with respect to my own heart motivations. Here are two recommendations from influential authors.
John Owen’s treatises on Indwelling Sin in Believers and The Mortification of Sin are, in my opinion, the most helpful writings on personal holiness ever written.” —Jerry Bridges, author of The Pursuit of Holiness
I owe more to John Owen than to any other theologian, ancient or modern; and I owe more to [The Mortification of Sin] than to anything else he wrote.” —J.I. Packer
In speaking of this subject, it is important to review the meaning of mortification. Mortify means to put to death. Our calling as believers is to put to death our sin. In Romans 6:13, Paul commands, “Do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts.” So we must be crucifying the flesh or be engaged in the work of mortification as Christians. Yet, as Owen points out, […]