Temptation & Sin, John Owen, hardback

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There are three pregnant verses full of living truth in this book: Romans 8:13; Matthew 26:41; Romans 7:21, in that order.

Mortification of Sin in Believers
''If ye through the Spirit do mortify [put to death] the deeds [practices] of the body, ye shall live'' (Romans 8:13).

1. The principal efficient cause of the performance of this duty is the Spirit. The Spirit works by means. The believer is the means the Spirit uses to put to death the practices of the body (that is, the flesh).

2. It is a duty for every believer to put to death the practices of the flesh, the ''body of death'' that all carry about with them in this life. Indwelling sin is compared to a person, ''the old man'' which has faculties, properties, wisdom, craft, subtleties, strength; all its power must be put to death. It is a work of degrees to be done all our lives.

3.  There is a promise attached to this duty, ''You shall live.'' This promised life is not only eternal life, but also refers to spiritual life in Christ, which we have here, the enjoyment, comfort and vigor of it.

''Watch and pray, that you not enter into temptation'' (Matt. 26:41)
1. Temptation may be a trial. God may try us that we may see what is in us. God tempted Abraham to show him his faith.
2. Satan may tempt to sin using the flesh, the world, other lures, such as ''the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, or the pride of life'' (1 John 2:16). Satan’s temptation (trial) of Jesus failed because he ''had nothing in Him.'' But there is still some corruption in all of us.

When temptation comes and parleys with the heart, reasons with the mind, entices and allures the affections, then it is that we ''enter into temptation.''

This is the time when we must ''watch and pray.''

The Nature and Power of Indwelling Sin in the Believer
''I find then the law, [when] I desire to do the good, that evil is present with me'' (Rom. 7:21) Whoever contends against indwelling sin shall know and find that it is present with them and is powerful in them. We are kept by faith. Like the apostle Paul, we must thank God through Jesus Christ for our deliverance from this indwelling sin.

John Owen (1616-1683) was noted as one of the most powerful theologians in the Puritan age. He was Vice-Chancellor of Oxford in the time of Cromwell. His works total 23 volumes, all invincible to any contrary argument. 324 pages, blue linen hardback book

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