Deceiving the Serpent: Was It Sin for the Midwives to Deceive Pharaoh?

Even if we were to study a book of the Bible one verse at a time, there would still be no way extracting every nugget of truth and wisdom from its pages, so given the pace with which we will be studying Exodus (often moving one chapter or more per week), there will obviously be …

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Evil Things Come from Within | Mark 7:14-23

And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” And when he had entered the house and left …

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Chapter 14 (Mortification of Sin)

We arrive at last to the final chapter of Owen's treatise on mortifying sin. Here Owen explains that while the previous nine directions have largely focused upon preparing ourselves to mortify sin, he now speaks to "the work itself" (145). In our present edition of study, only one direction is distinguished here; Richard Rushing in …

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Chapter 11 (Mortification of Sin)

With Owen’s first two directions for mortifying sin covered by the previous two chapters, our present chapter continues with not one but five more directions to follow (3-7). Direction 3, as alluded to last week, is to “load thy conscience with the guilt of it. Not only consider that it hath a guilt, but load …

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Chapter 10 (Mortification of Sin)

Having established the first direction for mortifying sin in the previous chapter, Owen now moves on to discuss the second direction: “Get a clear and abiding sense upon thy mind and conscience, first, of the guilt, secondly, of the danger, thirdly, of the evil, of that sin wherewith thou art perplexed” (99). The chapter is …

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Chapter 8 (Mortification of Sin)

In this chapter, Owen discusses the second general rule for mortifying sin: “Without sincerity and diligence in the universality of obedience, there is no mortification of any one perplexing lust to be obtained” (81). In other words, if we are not striving to obey Christ with every aspect of our lives, we will never properly …

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Chapter 6 (Mortification of Sin)

As we noted last week, chapters 5 and 6 are tied together as in them Owen is defining for us what exactly mortification means. In the previous chapter he dismantled a few of the false notions and imitations of mortification, here he moves onto what it is positively. He lays the answer out into three …

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Chapter 5 (Mortification of Sin)

Having addresses three big principles (that all Christians must mortify sin, that mortification is only accomplished by the Spirit, and of mortification’s usefulness), Owen now moves into his “principal intention,” which is to show how Christians should mortify our sin (53). In order to show this, he explains that the remainder of the book will …

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Chapter 4 (Mortification of Sin)

In this chapter, Owen discusses the third and final basic principle for mortifying sin, which “is that the life, vigour and comfort of our spiritual life depend much on our mortification of sin” (47). Or as the summary at the top of the chapter calls it: “of the usefulness of mortification” (47). Of all these …

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The Baptism & Temptation of Jesus | Mark 1:9-13

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with …

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