Then why does our Lord say, "He that liveth and believeth in Me shall never die"? "If a man find his enemy," says Saul, "will he let him go well away?" "If ye through the Spirit do mortify." A restraint is merely a pull back, by a stronger power, but mortification is from a strength given, a new mettle put into the soul (Ephesians 3:16). First, in the course of God's justice, who hath so ordained it and appointed it (Romans 1:32). In this sense we are to understand the mortification of the carnal and ungodly desires, which the power of Divine grace, the vital energy of the new creature, will enable it to cast from itself, and thereby save the soul alive, which the process of moral putrefaction had otherwise corrupted and slain. This word occurs but twice in the whole Scriptures — in the text, and in Colossians 3:5.1. Oh, it is that which a carnal person cannot endure to hear or think of. This work of mortification, it begins first of all in the inward man, and so ends in the outward; only the outward is here mentioned and named. And in this atmosphere sin cannot reach us (1 John 5:18). Mortification is a sure sign of saving grace. "Hereby do we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments" (1 John 2:3). A breaking of the league naturally held with sin (Ephesians 5:11; Hosea 14:8).2. )Life in mortification of the fleshJ. But there is also a bright side. So a man also, that is spiritually mortified, sin is in him made unactive and unfit for the former services and performances which proceeded from it. "Conclusion: Let us labour to mortify sin. Mortification is a sure sign of saving grace. 6; 1 Timothy 5:6; Ephesians 2:1; Romans 6:2). (2) The difficulty of this work is manifested by the necessity of the Spirit's efficacy. In this sense we are to understand the mortification of the carnal and ungodly desires, which the power of Divine grace, the vital energy of the new creature, will enable it to cast from itself, and thereby save the soul alive, which the process of moral putrefaction had otherwise corrupted and slain. (c) A cessation merely because of the alteration of the constitution. Where any one reigns there is no true mortification. "Do mortify." Implore the help of the Spirit.2. This may be illustrated by the injunction — "If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out"; not that Jesus would have us literally maim the body which He created perfect. 1. God's Spirit in us raises us into the region of spirit. The final verse in our reading (Romans 8:17) contains two conditional clauses: “and if children [of God], then [we are] heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ — if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.” The first of the conditions (“if children … ”) has already been established. It tells you to take your chance of beginning at the end. "If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die." "Do mortify." And let no one tell you, "We shall do a great many wrong things before we die. Christ intercedes for us in heaven; the Holy Spirit intercedes in us on earth. B. Owen, M.A.I. So a man also, that is spiritually mortified, sin is in him made unactive and unfit for the former services and performances which proceeded from it. Mortification is a sure sign of saving grace. They were not bestowed on him at his bodily birth — neither shall they be taken from him at his bodily death.5. And those, let me say, who, without giving way to those grosset vices, let their minds be swallowed up with vanity, always longing to be seen and looked at, and wondering what folks will say of them, they too give way to the flesh, and lower themselves to the likeness of animals. 2-4). A killing of sin.II. "If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die." Charnock, B.D. The time present. One may conquer, or the other. Nothing but the death of sin must content a renewed soul. The separation of soul and body from God for ever in hell. When leagues between princes are broken war ensues. The duty is ours, but the success is from God. Griffith. A killing of sin.II. A Sermon on Romans 13:8-10. Secondly, there must be a diligent heed for the avoiding of all occasions of sin and all inducements which lead thereunto. To delight in such would be to have no delight in his own nature. Unsuitable to a state of glory (Colossians 1:12). Thirdly, there is another death, and that is death eternal. A killing of sin.II. The more sin dies, the more the soul lives.3. "If ye by the Spirit," etc. (2) When we meet with few interruptions in duties of worship. Secondly, our own interest and the great good which we reap from it, both in point of grace and comfort, and at last of salvation itself, as it follows afterwards in the text, where it is said, "Ye shall live." (b) A cessation from some outward gross acts only, not from a want of will to sin. Now for the right performance of this duty, and that we may do it so as we should do, it is requisite for us to take notice of these three following rules, or directions, which conduce hereto. Hence the striking force of the injunctions — "Crucify the flesh"; "put away the old man"; "cast out the bondwoman"; "cut off the offending right hand," or "pluck out the right eye."2. THE OBJECT — "The deeds of the body."1. John Piper Aug 31, 2003 18 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God Justification supposeth guilt, sanctification filth, mortification life, preceding those acts.2. We come into the world as animals do-eat, drink, sleep as they do — have the same passions as they have — and our carnal bodies die exactly as they die. And the post of power must be renounced if we discover that it has led us to forget our weakness apart from God. And this we may take according to these following explications. To "mortify," "crucify" (Galatians 5:24), "deaden" them (Colossians 3:5), is to reduce them to impotence. There must be a combat before a victory, and a victory before a triumph.2. THE OBJECT — "The deeds of the body."1. As nothing but the death of Christ mould satisfy the justice of God, so nothing but the death of sin must satisfy the justice of the soul.3. Raise us above sin. The same Spirit that is active in quickening of us and in infusing of grace into us; the same Spirit is also active in mortifying of us and in killing of sin in us. Thirdly, it is requisite also from that obedience which we owe to God in the whole course of our lives. And this we may take according to these following explications. Secondly, of spiritual life, "I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith," etc. We know that to be a man we must be something more than a mere brute — for when we call any one a brute, what do we mean? Secondly, sin is also insatiable, and the more that men give way unto it the more it prevails still upon them. It is an inseparable character of them that are Christ's, that "they have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. Make us triumphant over sin. To "mortify," "crucify" (Galatians 5:24), "deaden" them (Colossians 3:5), is to reduce them to impotence. This hostility begins in cutting off all the supplies of sin (Romans 13:14, etc.). The shameless and profligate person — the man who beats his wife — or ill-treats his children — or in any wise tyrannises over those who are weaker than himself, gives way to the "brute" within him. The second is the conditional promise or comfortable intimation upon supposition of repentance and new obedience in these: "But if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the flesh," etc. It is a sign of the Spirit's indwelling and powerful acting, a sign of an approach to heaven.(S. Often think of Divine precepts.5. Thus we speak of mortified pride, which has been simply disappointed of its passing object; whereas to mortify is to be in a process of death, though joined to something living — as a diseased limb may be mortified, while the other parts of the body are healthy; and it is only by the process of the healthy part of the body casting off from itself the mortified flesh, that the whole system can escape dissolution. It must be a quick and an uninterrupted severity,II. Those beautiful statues of the Louvre or of Florence, which are the admiration of the world, did not spring by magic from the sculptor's hands. Enmity, it invites destruction as well as threatens it. Sermons. The duty is ours, but the success is from God. Secondly, sin is also insatiable, and the more that men give way unto it the more it prevails still upon them. This, it is painful, especially. Common sense tells you that the only way to get to the end is by beginning at the beginning, which is now. THE REASONS WHY THERE CAN BE NO EXPECTATION OF ETERNAL LIFE WITHOUT MORTIFICATION. First, a sober and moderate use of the creatures in those things which in their own nature are lawful and warrantable. The duty is ours; the grace is His. We can do nothing without Him; He will do nothing without us.IV. Thus we speak of mortified pride, which has been simply disappointed of its passing object; whereas to mortify is to be in a process of death, though joined to something living — as a diseased limb may be mortified, while the other parts of the body are healthy; and it is only by the process of the healthy part of the body casting off from itself the mortified flesh, that the whole system can escape dissolution. THE PROMISE — "Ye shall live."1. This is the dark side of the matter. When it is said of such persons that they shall die, we must take it in the full latitude and extent of death, that is — First, as to temporal death, or natural, which consists in the mere separation of soul and body. And do they not fulfil St. Paul's words, "If ye live after the flesh ye shall die"?3. —all those false notions which are called (Ephesians 2:3) the working of the understanding that judges according to sense, as distinguished from the pure reason (Romans 1:21). And what shall we say of them who like the swine live only for eating and drinking and enjoyment? There is no condemnation to persons of this character. The duty is ours, but the success is from God. Sermon for the Second Sunday in Lent, Series A. The body signifies corrupt nature, deeds are the products of it; all the sparks issue from the furnace within.3. Rather than sin should not die, Christ would die Himself; it is therefore a high disesteem of Christ to preserve the life of sin, and if we defend what He died to conquer, how can we expect to enjoy what He died to purchase? First, the command of God, who has laid this duty upon us. Observe the antithesis: If ye put to death your animal nature, you yourself, who are spirit, shall live. Dying, it is usually with some pain: as being that which nature does struggle with and strive against, especially violent death and that which follows upon killing. Choose, especially you who are young and entering into life. He who grudges, envies, tries to aggrandise himself at his neighbour's expense — he too gives way to the "brute" within him, and puts on the likeness of the dog which snatches and snarls over his bone. We can do nothing without Him; He will do nothing without us. We must engage in the duel, but it is the strength of the Spirit only can render us victorious. The more sweet and full fruit a tree bears, the more evidence there is of the weakness of those suckers which are about the root to hinder its generous productions.III. Common sense tells you that the only way to get to the end is by beginning at the beginning, which is now. Negatively. Secondly, prayer and fasting; that is another help likewise. How can he perish, who like Christ is full of the fruits of the Spirit? No man can be alive to God, that is, perform lively service to Him, but he that is first dead to sin, that is, that hath sin and corruption first crucified and mortified in him. )The mortification of sinS. THE ACT — "Mortify."1. First, there must be a steadfast purpose of opposing and resisting of sin with might and main. Negatively. We know too well, many of us, how painful this inward struggle is. THE ACT — "Mortify."1. Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. There may be pride, ambition, covetousness, uncleanness, when they are not externally acted; which is more dangerous, as infectious diseases are when they are hindered by cold from a kindly eruption, and strike inward to the heart, and so prove mortal. Our enemy has got possession of our souls, which makes the work more difficult. First, it does imply an active and spontaneous opposition of sin of our own accord. Charnock, B.D.I. This may be illustrated by the injunction — "If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out"; not that Jesus would have us literally maim the body which He created perfect. No indulgence to be shown to it; not the loss of a member, but the loss of its life. 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