Indwelling Sin & Sanctification of A Follower of Christ

Posted: April 14, 2015 in Pastor's Corner
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For the next few articles let’s think about the mortification of sin. However before getting to the actual meat of the discussion a question or two needs to be asked. First, what in the world does  mortification mean? Sounds like a puritanical word that has lost its place. I mean really, who talks like that anymore? And if anyone does use language like this they’ve officially fallen off the wagon of relevance, right?


Even so, in the prevailing winds of culture, mortification isn’t a needlessly complex word, or irrelevant word, it simply means to subdue or deaden. So, the act of mortifying sin is to subdue or deaden sin. After using it in front of my daughter she asked me why I didn’t simply say, ‘to kill sin’. She has a point, simplification is good, but in this case it is appropriate to use an otherwise obsolete word, because the word ‘mortify’ means to subdue or deaden sin by action upon yourself. All too often we are overly concerned about other people’s sin when our own should be our chief concern. The concept of mortification of sin isn’t the killing of sin in someone else, an important distinction, but rather an active quest to subdue sin in one’s own life. Thus, mortification of sin is the practice of actively putting under control, subduing, or deadening one’s own sin.

The importance of this action in the life of a follower of Jesus Christ cannot be overstated. Okay, maybe it’s possible to overstate its importance, but let’s get with the notion that this is an essential aspect of a Christians life, without which we will not see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 puts it rather plainly, “Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.” This sanctification is the process of becoming holy, it is unambiguously the mortifying of indwelling sin in the believer’s life.

This week as we walk with the Lord Jesus Christ, actively pursue the discipline of mortifying your sin. Don’t seek to mortify anyone else’s. Instead seek to put to death the deeds of the flesh by the power of the Spirit, (Romans 8:13).

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