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Easy compliance with diversions is a sign of an unmortified frame; as it is the sign of much weakness in a person, and the strength of his distemper, when the least blow or jog makes him let go his hold of anything. If you give way to those animal passions you shall die; not merely your bodies — they will die in any case — the animals do — for animals they are, and as animals die they must. We wish to do a right thing, and at the very same time long to do a wrong one, as if we were a better and a worse man struggling for the mastery. Knowing that we are on God's side, we know also that God is on our side (Genesis 6:24; Numbers 19:9; 2 Kings 6:16; Isaiah 41:10). What are they? 15). To delight in such would be to have no delight in his own nature. Ambition decays in age when strength is wasted, but sprouts up in a young man. BY WHOM THE DEEDS OF THE BODY ARE TO BE MORTIFIED? First, there is no true pleasure or contentment in it. (b) A cessation from some outward gross acts only, not from a want of will to sin. Sin, and especially a living and conversing in the ways of it, brings death. The right hand is the emblem of dignity — Joseph sits at the right hand of Pharaoh; of power "Thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things"; of friendship — "To me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship"; of covenants — "Though Coniah were the signet on My right hand"; of industry and business — "Let my right hand forget her cunning. It must be a quick and an uninterrupted severity,II. He who spends his life in cunning plots and mean tricks, gives way to the "brute" in him, just as much as the fox or ferret. Hearten us against sin (ver. If you give way to those animal passions you shall die; not merely your bodies — they will die in any case — the animals do — for animals they are, and as animals die they must. Charnock, B.D. There are two agents — the one active, the Holy Spirit; the other passive, the believer himself. Sin is active in the soul of an unregenerate man. No man can be so comfortably assured that his sin is pardoned that does not find his sin mortified. Common sense tells you that the only way to get to the end is by beginning at the beginning, which is now. It means, that "if sinners entice, we are to consent not"; but in every sense to "be not overcome with evil," but to "resist the devil, and he will flee from us," clinging hard and fast by "the God of peace, who shall bruise Satan under our feet shortly."II. God forbid. "To mortify" is now commonly used in a far less extreme sense than its original signification. The things impossible to man by himself are possible to him with God (1 John 4:4; Ephesians 6:10; Philippians 4:13).(Preb. Let us look at the text again. The Spirit also makes intercession for us in prayer. But if rather than sin, and imperil the whole body, the right eye is to be plucked out, then we learn that the tenderest affections and the most necessary comforts that would impair the beauty of holiness are all to be sacrificed. THE PROMISE — "Ye shall live."1. Wherein again we have four particulars. First, a conditional threatening or dreadful commination upon supposition of miscarriage: "If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die." But if rather than sin, and imperil the whole body, the right eye is to be plucked out, then we learn that the tenderest affections and the most necessary comforts that would impair the beauty of holiness are all to be sacrificed. But over and above that, you yourselves shall die — your character, your manhood or your womanhood, your immortal soul will die. —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). Raise us above sin. Mortification of sin is the proper work of this Spirit in us, and is effected in no other way. Even so is it likewise in grace: those who have the strongest corruption, they have the hardest mortification. Heaven is a place for conquerors only (Revelation 3:21). Thirdly, this mortification, it does imply a weakening of the power and vigour of sin in us. (e) A cessation from want of opportunity. 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. 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, of eternal life (Romans 6:22), "Ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life." To delight in such would be to have no delight in his own nature. Charnock, B.D.I. Fourthly, as an evidence of our justification and the forgiveness of our sins unto us. And how can a son of God perish? Often think of Divine precepts.5. This is the dark side of the matter. Choose, especially you who are young and entering into life. The second is the object of this duty, or the matter which it is conversant about. — of love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance? Nothing but the death of sin must content a renewed soul. So 2 Corinthians 5:10. Implore the help of the Spirit.2. One may conquer, or the other. First, the nature of sin and the thing itself, which is to be mortified, and that is our mortal and deadly enemy. Remember the parable of the old heathen. Charnock, B.D. Our enemy has got possession of our souls, which makes the work more difficult. )Higher or lower: which shall winCharles Kingsley, M.A.1. 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. This word occurs but twice in the whole Scriptures — in the text, and in Colossians 3:5.1. Whence the importance of prayer (Matthew 17:21). 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. The separation of soul and body from God for ever in hell. The time present. He who spends his life in cunning plots and mean tricks, gives way to the "brute" in him, just as much as the fox or ferret. THE AGENTS — "ye," "the Spirit."1. We know too well, many of us, how painful this inward struggle is. (2) When we meet with few interruptions in duties of worship. 15). But if rather than sin, and imperil the whole body, the right eye is to be plucked out, then we learn that the tenderest affections and the most necessary comforts that would impair the beauty of holiness are all to be sacrificed. And why does St. Paul say, "If ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body ye shall live"? Sin, and especially a living and conversing in the ways of it, brings death. 1. A killing of sin.II. THE REASONS WHY THERE CAN BE NO EXPECTATION OF ETERNAL LIFE WITHOUT MORTIFICATION. Now, mark the consequence of living after the flesh; "ye shall die I" (ver. First, there must be a steadfast purpose of opposing and resisting of sin with might and main. If you will be true to your better selves, if you will listen to and obey the Spirit of God, when He puts into your hearts good desires, and makes you long to be just and true, pure and sober, kind and useful. When leagues between princes are broken war ensues. The greatest object of our revenge is within us. Remember the parable of the old heathen. Created nature does not more abhor natural death, the death of the body, than corrupted nature does abhor this mystical death. One who is truly saved will experience a change of life that is inevitable. (c)Our mental perversities (Galatians 5:20, "idolatry," etc.) For what the grace of the gospel doth more especially teach, read Titus 2:4; Psalm 5:4. Often think of Divine precepts.5. There are two agents — the one active, the Holy Spirit; the other passive, the believer himself. Positively. Sin is active in the soul of an unregenerate man. Nothing but the death of sin must content a renewed soul. As vain as a peacock, says the old proverb. Not all the powers on earth, nor the strength of ordinances, can do it.IV. It tells you to take your chance of beginning at the end. 15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. "If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die." Jesus, full of the spirit of Sonship, put back easily all the suggestions of the tempter.3. (1) Mortification is not the work of nature; it is a spiritual work. The more perfect our mortification, the clearer our assurance of glory. They were not bestowed on him at his bodily birth — neither shall they be taken from him at his bodily death.5. Or what of those who like the butterflies spend all their time in frivolous amusement? Every vessel must be emptied of its foul water before it can receive that which is clean. The things which are done in the body, though comprehending the soul likewise, the actions of the whole person; and Colossians 3:9, the old man with his deeds. A Sermon on Romans 13:8-10. Even industry in business may be in our way, and if so we must consent to mortification here. A present sickness may make an epicure nauseate the dainties which he would before rake even in the sea to procure. 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. And it is said the deeds of the body expressly, because the body it is that wherein sin does especially show and discover itself; whereas the mind is not so easily discerned in the corruptions of it. It tells you to take your chance of beginning at the end. A powerful resistance, by using all the weapons of the Christian armoury (Ephesians 6:13, 14, etc.).4. We can understand too the parable of Plato, who says, that the soul of man is like a chariot, guided by a man's will, but drawn by two horses — the one horse white, beautiful and noble, well-broken and winged, always trying to rise and fly upward with the chariot toward heaven; but the other black, evil, and unmanageable, always trying to rush downward, and drag the chariot and the driver into hell.2. First, a sober and moderate use of the creatures in those things which in their own nature are lawful and warrantable. "If, then, the "right hand" that casts a stumbling-block in our way is to be "cut off," then is the place of secular dignity to be resigned, if we find it lifting up our hearts above humility. God's Spirit in us raises us into the region of spirit. This hostility begins in cutting off all the supplies of sin (Romans 13:14, etc.).3. What so delicate, so useful, or so expressive a feature as the right eye! Our enemy has got possession of our souls, which makes the work more difficult. James Montgomery Boice, Romans Volume 3, God and History, (Grand Rapids Michigan, Baker Books, 1993) pp. And the bond of friendship, if it has led us to soften down the points of distinction between the worldling and the believer, must be broken. "The deeds of the body," or "works of the flesh" (Galatians 5:19), mean the products of our lower nature, whether of thought, or feeling, or act. 3. So it must be, for "As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." 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 know too well, many of us, how painful this inward struggle is. The body signifies corrupt nature, deeds are the products of it; all the sparks issue from the furnace within.3. Again, "If thy right hand offend thee, cut it off." And how can a son of God perish? 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. Such as God cannot delight in. THE AGENTS — "ye," "the Spirit."1. (2) All these workings of "the flesh" are sinful, i.e. Where any one reigns there is no true mortification. (3) When we bring forth the fruits of the contrary graces. In fellowship with holy men, how hateful sin appears! 13). 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. B. Owen, M.A. First, in the course of God's justice, who hath so ordained it and appointed it (Romans 1:32). That kind of religion has done more harm than most kinds of irreligion. We may be like the drunkard who cannot help draining off his liquor, though he knows that it is going to kill him; or we may be like the man who conquers his love for drink, and puts the liquor away, because he knows that he ought not to take it. "If ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live." Even so is it likewise in grace: those who have the strongest corruption, they have the hardest mortification. (e) A cessation from want of opportunity. For what the grace of the gospel doth more especially teach, read Titus 2:4; Psalm 5:4. Secondly, there must be a diligent heed for the avoiding of all occasions of sin and all inducements which lead thereunto. The fourth, and last, is the benefit or reward consequent upon it. (b) A cessation from some outward gross acts only, not from a want of will to sin. First, the command of God, who has laid this duty upon us. It makes us slaves to Satan; it makes us enemies to God; it crucifies Christ; it fights against the soul. That kind of religion has done more harm than most kinds of irreligion. It is an inseparable character of them that are Christ's, that "they have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. The world did not give them to him, and the world cannot take them from him. WHAT MORTIFICATION IS.1. II. The thought of sin is most alien when the thought of God is most vivid. They were not bestowed on him at his bodily birth — neither shall they be taken from him at his bodily death.5. 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. It is an inseparable character of them that are Christ's, that "they have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. THE REASONS WHY THERE CAN BE NO EXPECTATION OF ETERNAL LIFE WITHOUT MORTIFICATION. 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. We are to remember that we are debtors. As vain as a peacock, says the old proverb. 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. There is no condemnation to persons of this character. 2. (a) Mortification is always from an inward principle, restraints from an outward. This is a duty which lies upon every Christian, to exercise and inure himself to mortification, that is, to the killing and crucifying of sin in him. We must engage in the duel, but it is the strength of the Spirit only can render us victorious. And in this atmosphere sin cannot reach us (1 John 5:18). First, wherein this mortifying of sin, whereof we now speak, does mainly and principally consist. Our giving way to the same selfish, shameless passions, which we see in the lower animals, is letting the "brute" in us conquer. Secondly, there is reason for it also from that power which is wrought in a Christian by Christ's Spirit tending thereto, and the special virtue which is contained in the death and sufferings of Christ to this purpose. Burder. And do they not fulfil St. Paul's words, "If ye live after the flesh ye shall die"?3. Make us triumphant over sin. (Charles Kingsley, M.A. Secondly, prayer and fasting; that is another help likewise. No man pours rich wine into old casks.2. "abnormal, contrary to the end for which God has made us" (Romans 7:14, 18).2. "Conclusion: Let us labour to mortify sin. (a) Mortification is always from an inward principle, restraints from an outward. We can sin of ourselves, but not overcome sin by ourselves. There must not be only a restraining of some sins, but a fighting against all. That kind of religion has done more harm than most kinds of irreligion. In the text St. Paul explains this struggle. Such as God cannot delight in. First, of natural life, "Length of days is in her right hand " (Proverbs 3:16). The greatest object of our revenge is within us. This promised help of the Spirit does not exclude the use of means on our part. They can say that in a special and spiritual sense. What else could be reasonably expected? 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? How much more, therefore, when in fellowship with the Holy One? Secondly, from a connection of the cause with the effect. )LinksRomans 8:13 NIVRomans 8:13 NLTRomans 8:13 ESVRomans 8:13 NASBRomans 8:13 KJVRomans 8:13 Bible AppsRomans 8:13 ParallelRomans 8:13 Biblia ParalelaRomans 8:13 Chinese BibleRomans 8:13 French BibleRomans 8:13 German BibleRomans 8:13 CommentariesBible Hub, (2)A scandalous death. 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? Aaron down in the plain was soon seduced from God's commandments. The greatest object of our revenge is within us. To keep sin alive is to defend it against the will of God, and to challenge the combat with our Maker.3. Choose in time whether the better horse shall win or the worse. Our enemy has got possession of our souls, which makes the work more difficult. (2) When we meet with few interruptions in duties of worship. Mortification is a sure sign of saving grace. And so the animation of Moses fills us: "Fear not I Stand still, and see the salvation God can work" (Exodus 14:13, 14). And the covenant with ungodliness must be dissolved. Bless God for whatsoever mortifying grace we have received.(S. "If ye through the Spirit do mortify." And so the animation of Moses fills us: "Fear not I Stand still, and see the salvation God can work" (Exodus 14:13, 14). THE REASONS WHY THERE CAN BE NO EXPECTATION OF ETERNAL LIFE WITHOUT MORTIFICATION. That kind of religion has done more harm than most kinds of irreligion. Thirdly, it is requisite also from that obedience which we owe to God in the whole course of our lives. Not all the powers on earth, nor the strength of ordinances, can do it.IV. 5. "If ye," etc. 3. One may conquer, or the other. 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