The Mortification of Sin (Part 1)

January 8, 2017

sermon date 01-08-2017
speaker Pastor Cliff Allcorn

PASTORS NOTES

Biblical Reference:

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Rom 8:11-13, ESV

Cross References:

(in order of mention from sermon)

Romans 8:11-13
Galatians 5:1
Colossians 3:1-5
1 Peter 4:1-3
Numbers 14:18-19
Psalm 2:11-12

Last Week We Learned…

  • That our motives in an action are just as important as the action itself.
  • That filling our minds with the information from above is a key to killing sin.
  • That the process of mortification rests entirely on thinking like Christ.

Things to Learn About My Own Walk with God this Week…

  • Do I act as if I know that our motives in an action are just as important as the action itself?
  • Do I act as if I know that filling our minds with the information from above is a key to killing sin?
  • Do I act as if I know that the process of mortification rests entirely on thinking like Christ?

Important Words:

‘But’δέ (de) – “…one of the most common [Greek] particles, used to connect one clause to another, either to express contrast or simple continuation. When it is felt that there is some contrast betw[een] clauses—though the contrast is oft[en] scarcely discernible…”[1]  So there is not a huge difference exactly what we do…  Then where would the difference be?

‘Set Your Minds On’φρονεῖτε (phroneite) –  You (plural) dramatically must “…have an opinion with regard to someth[ing], think, form/hold an opinion, judge… set one’s mind on, be intent on… to develop an attitude based on careful thought, be minded/disposed…”2

‘Way of Thinking’ἔννοια (ennoia) – “…the content of mental processing, thought, knowledge…”3  Presuppositions are literally the content of mental processing.  They are the thoughts and knowledge that guide us before we consider anything else.  We must make ours as like Christ as we can!

Important Term:

Norma Normans non Normata – “The Norm of Norms That Is Not Normed” This is the principle the Scripture is the measure of truth, and when interpreted correctly, cannot be corrected by any other source.

Important Quote:

Do you mortify? Do you make it your daily work? Be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you. 4


1 William Arndt, Frederick W. Danker, and Walter Bauer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 213.
2 William Arndt, Frederick W. Danker, and Walter Bauer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 1065–1066.
3 William Arndt, Frederick W. Danker, and Walter Bauer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 337.
4 John Owen, The Mortification of Sin