To recap: In Owen’s exposition of Romans 8:13…
1.The necessity of mortification (killing sin) unto life.
2. The certainty of life upon mortification.
3. The usefulness of mortification:
That the life, vigour, and comfort of our spiritual life depend much on our mortification of sin. Strength and comfort, and power and peace, in our walking with God, are the things of our desires. Were any of us asked seriously, what it is that troubles us, we must refer it to one of these heads:– either we want strength or power, vigour and life, in our obedience, in our walking with God; or we want peace, comfort, and consolation therein.
Owen continues under these headings:
- The vigour and comfort of our spiritual lives depend on our mortification.
- The desperate effects of any unmortified lust; it weakens the soul.
- All graces improved by the mortification of sin.
- The best evidence of sincerity.