Your being dead with Christ virtually, your being quickened with him, will not excuse you from this work. And our Saviour tells us how his Father deals with every branch in him that beareth fruit, every true and living branch. “He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit,” John 15:2.
He prunes it, and that not for a day or two, but whilst it is a branch in this world. And the apostle tells you what was his practice, 1 Cor. 9:27, “I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection.” “I do it,” saith he, “daily; it is the work of my life: I omit it not; this is my business.”
And if this were the work and business of Paul, who was so incomparably exalted in grace, revelations, enjoyments, privileges, consolations, above the ordinary measure of believers, where may we possibly bottom an exemption from this work and duty whilst we are in this world?”
John Owen 1616-1683
The Mortification of Sin in Believers
The comic ends with Owen exclaiming, “Maranatha,” which is latin for, “Come, Lord.” The sentiment of this word reinforces the fact that we won’t be done struggling with sin until our Lord comes back.
The tombstone at the freshly dug grave was intentionally left blank. It is between the reader and God which sin will be mortified and buried here.
In the words of John Owen, “Mortify! Make it your daily work. Be always at it while you live; cease not a day from this work. Be killing sin or it will be killing you! Your being dead with Christ by identification and your being quickened with Him will not excuse you from this work.”
Your cartoonist in Christ,