How to Mortify Sin

“While a darling sin lives and keeps the throne in the heart,
grace and holiness will be kept exceeding weak and low. But
when your darling sin is dethroned and slain by the power
and the sword of the Spirit—grace and holiness will quickly
grow stronger and stronger, and rise higher and higher.

When a man has eaten poison, nothing will make him thrive,
until he has vomited up the poison. Beloved sins—they are
the poison of the soul, and until these are vomited up, and
cast out by sound repentance, and the exercise of faith in the
blood of Christ, the soul will never thrive in grace and holiness!

If ever you would attain to higher degrees of holiness,
then fall with all your might, upon subduing and crucifying
your most raging corruptions, and your most daring lusts!

Oh do not think that your golden and your silver idols will
lay down their weapons, and yield the battle, and lie at your
feet, and let you trample them to death—without striking a
blow! Oh remember that besetting-sins will do all they can
to keep their ground, and therefore you must arise with all
your strength against them, and crush them to powder,
and burn them to ashes!

Oh deal with your most enraged lusts, as the Philistines
dealt with Samson—pluck out their eyes, and force them
to grind in the mill of mortification, until their strength is
utterly consumed and wasted.

I have read of five men, who being asked what was
the best means to mortify sin, gave these answers.

Said the first, “The best means to mortify sin,
is to meditate on death.”

Said the second, “The best means to mortify sin,
is to meditate on the judgment-day.”

Said the third, “The best means to mortify sin,
is to meditate on the joys of heaven.”

Said the fourth, “The best means to mortify sin,
is to meditate on the torments of hell.”

Said the fifth, “The best means to mortify sin, is to
meditate on the death and sufferings of Christ.”

Doubtless the last man hit the nail on the head!

The daily sight of a bleeding, groaning, dying
Savior—is the only thing which will subdue and
mortify darling sins!

O friends! Never leave looking up to a crucified Christ,
until virtue flows from Him to the crucifying of those
special besetting sins which do most obstruct and
hinder the growth and increase of holiness.”

-(Thomas Brooks, “The Crown and Glory of Christianity,
or, HOLINESS, the Only Way to Happiness”, 1662)

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Saving Faith

“Saving faith is grounded not on feelings or experience, but on divine faithfulness, in the definite offers and promises of the blessed Gospel.”

-John Colquhoun, From is “Sermons on Important Doctrines”, P.54

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The Most Real

“Man here below, lives so entirely among sensible things, and meditates so little upon spiritual objects, that he comes to look upon that which is spiritual as unreal, and upon material things as the only realities.  For most men, houses, and lands and gold are more real than God and the soul….Yet the invisible God is more real than any other being, for He is the cause and ground of all other existence.  It was an invisible Mind that made the material chaos from nothing, and brooded over it, and formed it into an orderly and beautiful cosmos.  The innvisible is far more substantial than the visible.”

-W.G.T.Shedd, From his “Sermons to the Spiritual Man”, P.177-178

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No Merit

“Our Lord takes the ground that there can be no merit, in the absolute meaning of the word, in the creature before the Creator. No man can perform a service in such an independent, unassisted style and manner,as to make God his debtor….The creature is an absolute debtor to his Creator, and his Creator comes under no obligations to him by anything that he can do.”

-W.G.T. Shedd, From his “Sermons to the Spiritual Man”, P.129,131

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Sin is…

“Every sin is a direct insult offered to God, and an act of downright rebellion against His supreme authority, interposed in His law.   It includes a contempt of His majesty, a contradiction of His holiness, which is His chief glory, a denial of His omniscience and omnipresence, a defiance of His power, a reflection on His wisdom, a disbelief of His faithfulness, and a disparagement of His goodness”.

_ John Colquhoun, From his Sermons on Important Doctrines”, P.40

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Honoring the Law

“Since the Lord Jesus, believer, honored the law as a covenant for your salvation, it is surely your duty to honor it as a rule for His glory, and the glory of God in Him”.

-John Colquhoun, From his “Sermons on Important Doctrines”

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Christ’s Incarnation

“In consequence of His assumption of the human nature, the wisdom of God is displayed to the uttermost, and His law is magnified and made honorable.  In consequence of this, the law is honored with perfect obedience in the same nature that disobeyed it; the curse is endured in the same nature that deserved it; divine justice is complelely satisfied in the same nature that offended it; God is glorified by the same nature that came short of His glory; Satan is conquered by the same nature that he overcame; death is endured in the same nature that was doomed to die; and the inheritance of eternal life was purchased in the same nature that lost it.  In this the glory of divine wisdom shines with transcendent luster”.

– From John Colquhoun’s “Sermons on Important Doctrines”, P.16

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What Do You Plead?

“Imputation is the unanimous testimony of saints on their death beds. None plead one’s own infused righteousness before God but only the mercy of Christ.”

_ Luther

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Assurance

“I do not rest in my sanctification for assurance, but only the finished work of Christ.

-John Newton

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Paid in Full

“Those whose standing is in Christ have made satisfaction in Christ to all the requirements of God and His law.  It would not be righteous of God to require payment from Christ, nay to receive the full satisfaction of Christ, and to require anything from you.”

– Samuel Bolton, From his “The True Bounds of Christian Freedom”, P.23

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The Necessity of God’s Light

“There are none that can behold their own vileness as it is, but in the sight of God’s glorious holiness.  Sin is darkness and neither sees itself, nor anything else.  Therefore must His light shine to discover this darkness”

-Hugh Binning, From his “Works”,P.366

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God Has The Most Glory When We Have The Most Shame

“There is a great fault among those who have fled to Christ’s righteousness in justification, that they use to come full from duties,as a stomach from a honeycomb.  Ofttimes we make our liberty and access to God the ground of our acceptance; and according to the ebb and flow of our inherent righteousness, so does the faith and confidence of justification ebb and flow.  Christians, this ought not be; in so doing, you make your own righteousness your righteousness before God… Give you liberty and access and you can believe anything; remove it and you can believe nothing.  Certainly, this is a sandy foundation, – you ought to build nothing on performances, you should be as vile in your own eyes, and think your nakedness as open, when you come nearest God and when you have the most liveliness, as when He hides His face and duty withers…Your best estate should not puff you up and your worst estate should not cast you down…God has most glory when we have most shame.” 

– Hugh Binning, From his “Works”, P.450

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The Glory of God

“As all God’s works tend to His glory, so also to the glorification of His chosen people. This, doubtless is the glory of God, to manifest Himself in His elect, to be what He is to Himself, the fountain of consumate happiness”

_Herman Witsius, From his “Economy of the Covenants”,P.81

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Our Relationship to the Law

“Man in innocence was under the blessing of the Law; in a state of nature he was under it’s curse; in a state of grace he is under it’s direction and will be in that in glory”.

– Thomas Bell, From his “A View of the Covenant of Works and Grace”, P.294

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In What Do We Boast?

“Believers are not only righteous in Him, but righteousness,and that the righteousness of God too, against which law and justice cannot make any exception;  therefore of this righteouness, though not of their own, may they boast all the day long.  The merits of it are their justification, the fruits of it are their sanctification, and when they come to heaven, this righteousness will be their everlasting robe of glory, and to sing His praises, who clothed them with it, will be their employment and happiness for ever and ever.”

– William Romaine, From “Twelve Discourses on the Law and Gospel”, P.115

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The Source of Error

“Almost all theological and religious error consists of Truth perverted, Truth wrongly divided, Truth misapplied, Truth overemphasized, Truth viewed in a wrong perspective”

– A.W.Pink, From “our Accountability to God, P.378

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Christ, the End of the Law

“The law, then as to it’s power of condemning those that are Christ’s is abrogated. They have, in Him, given it full satisfaction,-they have endured the curse,- they have paid all which it demanded, and received a full discharge…In the matter of justification, he (the believer) has no more confidence in the best work which he ever performed, than in the greastest sin he ever committed.”

-James Haldane, From his commentary on Galatians, P.87

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The Cure for Pride

“The doctrine of Christ was intended to stain the pride of man and to bring down his high imaginations.  He fell by pride, by coveting a greater measure of knowledge than God had seen fit to bestow; and he is restored by ceasing from his own wisdom and receiving the kingdom of God as a little child.”

-James Haldane, From “The Atonement”,P.19

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Truth and Error

“For it has long been my firm conviction, that the only effective refutation of error is the establishment of Truth.  Truth is one, error is multiform; and Truth, once firmly established, overthrows all the errors that either have been, or may yet be, opposed to it.  he who exposes and expels an error, does well; but it will only return in another form, unless the Truth has been so lodged in the heart as to shut it out forever.”

-James Buchanan, From his “The Doctrine of Justification”, P.15

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More Honor to the Law

“When the Lord our Righteousness stood up to pay the law obedience, the dignity of His person brought more honor to the law than the obedience of all created beings, angels and men, could possibly have done; because their obedience would have been only finite, whereas His was divine and infinte; and they could only have wrought out a righteousness sufficient to save themselves, whereas He has brought in an everlasting righteousness to save even the ungodly”.

– William Romaine, From his “Twelve Discourses on the Law and the Gospel”, P.75

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