Continuing John Owen’s treatise.
How does the Spirit mortify sin?
1. By causing our hearts to abound in grace and the fruits that are
contrary to the flesh. Gal.5:22-23. “They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” “By living in the Spirit and walking after the Spirit;” He causes us to abound in those graces which are contrary, opposite, and destructive to all the fruits of the flesh.
2. By a real physical efficiency on the root and habit of sin, for the weakening, destroying, and taking it away. Hence he is called a “Spirit of judgment and burning,” Is. 4:4, really consuming and destroying our lusts. He takes away the stony heart by an almighty efficiency; for as he begins the work as to its kind, so he carries it on as to its degrees. He is the fire which burns up the very root of lust.
3. He brings the cross of Christ into the heart of a sinner by faith, and gives us communion with Christ in his death, and fellowship in his sufferings.