Friday, July 05, 2019

Owen: fighting the enemy

Friday, July 5, 2019
    For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
    —Romans 6:6,7 (NIV)
    Let no man think to kill sin with few, easy, or gentle strokes. He who hath once smitten a serpent, if he follow not on his blow until he be slain, may repent that ever he began the quarrel. And so will he who undertakes to deal with sin, and pursues it not constantly to the death.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683), IV.8 in A Discourse Concerning Holy Spirit, bk. I-V [1674], in Works of John Owen, v. III, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1852, p. 546-547 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 5:29-30; Rom. 6:6-7,12,19; 1 Cor. 6:15; Gal. 2:20; 5:24-25; Col. 2:11; 3:5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, by Your grace, do not let sin conquer me.
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