Sin and Temptation

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Some good teaching by John Owen. We are reading Sin and Temptation in an abridged form.

Love the whole Law of God

1Pe 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

Sin fights the spiritual principle that is in us. It fights to destroy our soul. Although it opposes the work of grace in us, its nature and prupose above all is to oppose God.

When we think of God as the lawgiver, of God as holy, of God as the author of salvation, then we see how deadly serious is the enmity of sin. Why does sin oppose duty, so that the good we would do, we do not? Why does sin make the soul carnal, indisposed, unbelieving, unspiritual, weary, and wandering? Simply because it is enmity to God with whom the soul aims to have communion….

Sin attacks holiness and God’s authority in our lives. It hates the yoke of the Lord. “Thou hast been weary of me,” says God to sinners during their performance of various duties (Isaiah 43:22) Indeed, every act of sin is the fruit of being weary against God. At the bottom of our hearts, the nature of sin is to say to God, “Depart from us” (Job 21:14;22:17) It is to oppose God, to rebel, to cast off His yoke, and to destroy the dependence every creature has upon the Creator.

In Romans 8:7 the Apostle gives the reason why the sinful carnal mind is at enmity against God. It is because it is not subject to the will of God, nor can it be.

Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Rom 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

One of the dispositions we can cling to and fight sin is to have a heart fixed upon God and His Law.

Only a holy frame of disposition will enable us to say with the psalmist, “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed” (Psalm57:7). It is utterly impossible to keep the heart in a holy frame in any one duty, unless it is also so in all duties to God. If sin entangles us in one area of our life, it will ensnare every area of our life. A contented even disposition and spirit in all duties and in all ways, is the only preservative.
Consistency must be maintained in our private and public duties, for there is a harmony in obedience. If you break one part, you interrupt the whole. Thus David says, “Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments” (Psalm 119:6). A universal respect of for all of God’s commandments is the only preservative against shame.

Psa 119:6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.

Jas 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Jas 2:11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.

Psa 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: