The Mortification of Sin

(4 customer reviews)

Weight 0.34 lbs
Dimensions 7.13 × 4.75 × 0.4 in




Original Pub Date


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May 1, 2004


Spiritual Growth


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Puritan Paperbacks




‘The first time I read Owen on Mortification…I sat on the bus weeping. And the recurring thought was, “This man knows my heart”. It was as if layers were being peeled away; it was uncomfortable reading. But it didn’t leave me crushed and despairing – there was grace woven into the detailed exposition, really of Romans 8:13. Powerful, heart searching, and convicting, but at the same time, Owen never leaves you bereft, he always leaves you with the awareness that where sin abounds, there’s grace much more abounding.’ — IAN HAMILTON

Book Description

In this abridgement of The Mortification of Sin, the famous Puritan John Owen shows the need for Christians to engage in a life-long battle against the sinful tendencies that remain in them, despite their having been brought to faith and new life in Christ.

Owen is very insistent that believers cannot hope to succeed in this battle in their own strength. He sees clearly that the fight can be won only through faith in Christ, and in the power of the Spirit. Fighting sin with human strength will produce only self-righteousness, superstition and anxiety of conscience. But with faith in Christ, and with the power of the Spirit, victory is certain. The temptations in times like Owen’s and ours are obvious on every side; the remedy to them is clearly pointed out in this practical and helpful book.

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Preface vii
Publisher’s Foreword xi
1 Introduction 1
2 Why the Flesh Must Be Mortified 5
3 The Work of the Spirit in Mortification 14
4 How Life and Comfort Depend on Mortification 21
5 What Mortification Is Not 26
6 What Mortification Is 32
7 Only Believers Can Mortify Sin 40
8 God Requires Universal Obedience 49
9 The Dangerous Symptoms of Sin 54
10 Seeing Sin for What It Is 65
11 A Tender Conscience and a Watchful Heart 76
12 Humility 87
13 Wait for the Verdict of God 101
14 The Work of Christ and the Power of the Spirit 116

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  1. David J. Harris

    This work by Owen is the best I have read so far among books that deal with sin in the believer’s life. There are two unique features of this book that make it so:

    1. John Owen gives a biblical balance between human responsibility and divine power. It seems that there are two ditches in approaching a Christian’s sin life, and everything I have read on the subject usually falls into one. Some authors/preachers ONLY emphasize human responsibility. They say “Stop!” but they never say how. Therefore, all the burden of dealing with sin is laid on inadequate shoulders. This is not only a problem in literature, but in the mindset of many conservative evangelicals. Christians are told to deal with sin, to just stop doing it, without any exhortation to trust in God. Grace has not part in the mortification process. Therefore they become weary and the end result is moral failure (even among leadership). The other ditch is an emphasis only on divine grace. Many voices are saying, in regards to sin, to “Let go and let God.” This emphasis on God’s power that ignores human responsibility leads men to a quetistic faith which disengages both the will and the mind, and can lead to many other errors.

    Owen, however, looks to Scripture and draws careful conclusions, and gives the reader the full scope of dealing with sin. “Stop, because God will enable you to stop.”

    2. John Owen goes far deeper than most books and sermons on a Christian’s sin life, and examines the motives. This subject comes up over and over again in the book. He expounds on the many and varied wrong motives, and shows that if any of these are behind our repentance (or false repentance) than we are not really experiencing “godly sorrow.” This issue of motive is something I have never really seen dealt with in books of this nature, but Owen shows the immense significance of it.

    This was the first book I have read by Owen. I’m looking forward to see how this great saint of the Lord will help me in the future.

  2. joshanders11

    A must own for any library

  3. Jaron

    God used this little Puritan paperback in my life immensely!
    This book helped me by
    Owen’s absolutely ability to display from scripture every true child of God’s need to apply the gospel to our lives through daily putting to death the deeds of the flesh by the sovereign power of the Holy Spirit who indwells us.
    I cannot encourage you to buy and read this amazing book enough!

  4. Randall H.

    This little book is so insightful and helpful. I’m not sure if any book other than the Bible has ever affected me like this one. It has caused me to daily examine myself and my motives for sin and strive to glorify God by laying the axe at the root of every sin.
    This is my first experience with Owen. I’m eager to read some of his other works, as well. As another reviewer stated, I can’t recommend this book enough.

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