The meditations of a crucified Christ are very crucifying meditations unto sin (Galatians 6:14).(iii.) He must be a good orator that should persuade a man to stick daggers and needles in his flesh, to strip, his bones, and in a manner to tear his nature over his eyes; yet to mortify a sin is something like it. 3. In a word, there is an intimate and indissoluble connection betwixt the mortification of sin and the life of grace (Romans 6:11). Crucifying therefore, as it is here applied to the corruption and depraved sinful disposition of our nature, imports these four things —(1) The death of it. And on what principle are you thus to crucify the flesh? Cut the cord! Justly therefore upon this account also does the Spirit express our sin by the name of "flesh," for this has an equal share in our love.Now what has been hitherto discoursed of may, by way of inference, suggest these things to our consideration.1. When the grey dawn of morning broke, behold, they had never loosed the mooring line, or raised the anchor. Those who name the name of Christ are His by profession. They should not make us say, "All is well with me, for I am Christ's," but should rather set us upon earnestly considering our ways and proving our own selves. The whole stream and current of the gospel puts us under the necessity of mortification. Moody. IT MUST BE AFFLICTED, SMITTEN, AND OPPOSED in its every movement. (1) The first is a constant and pertinacious denying them in all their cravings for satisfaction. Sin never dies of age. And for clearness sake I shall speak to it, both negatively and positively, showing you what is not intended, and what is principally aimed at, by the Spirit of God in this expression. So is it in the mortification of sin. "The passions and the lusts thereof." But he chooses in this place to call it crucifixion, to show, not only the conformity there is betwixt the death of Christ and the death of sin, in respect of shame, pain, and lingering slowness, but to denote also the principle, means, and instrument of mortification, viz., the death, or cross of Jesus Christ, in the virtue whereof believers do mortify the corruptions of their flesh, the great arguments and persuasives to mortification being drawn from the sufferings of Christ for sin. Gospel-threatenings are written for this end, and do all press mortification in a thundering dialect (Romans 8., 13; 1:18). THE FLESH is generally the old man which regeneration does not kill, that must be treated as an interior enemy, having a spiritual body of sin, that must be pierced through without remorse, and Christian men must use every sacred effort to hasten its death.II. "Make no provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof." But I shall lay down this as a sure conclusion that the sanctifying Spirit is the only effectual principle of mortification, and without Him no resolutions, vows, abstinences, castigations of the body, or any other external endeavours can ever avail to the mortification of one sin. From whence, then, do these evils proceed? (5) The reputation and honour of religion is deeply concerned in the mortification of the professors of it, for unmortified professors will, first or last, be the scandals and reproaches of it. The lusts which actually go out in quest of sinful indulgence must be kept firm to the Cross that they may not seek their prey.(W. (4) As temptations will be irresistible, so afflictions will be unsupportable to you without mortification. )The Christian's CalvaryW. In a word, the death of the cross was not a natural, but a violent, death. Gospel-precepts have respect unto this (Colossians 3:5; 1 Peter 1:15). But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 5. (2) Walk in daily communion With God if ever you will mortify the corruptions of nature. That's a smart question, Romans 6:21.(v.) Sanctified souls so put off their corruptions with their bodies at death. The least favour gives the dying enemy strength; and if it be habitually nourished, it will gather power to wrench its members from the cross, and come down and save itself, to the loss of the soul that was unfaithful to its trust.III. THE RECEPTION OF CHRIST INTO THE HEART BY SIMPLE FAITH IS CALCULATED TO CRUCIFY THE FLESH. (Canon G. E. If you are not Christ's, what are your hopes? (3) The crucifixion of the flesh does not consist in the cessation of the external acts of sin, for, in that respect the lusts of men may die of their own accord, even a kind of natural death. must not hold good here. The man who has received Christ —. Direct your attention to the objects, which, when the affection of the Apostle Paul for his converts expatiated in calling down blessings upon them, uniformly presented themselves to his thoughts (Ephesians 1:16-18; Ephesians 3:16-19; Philippians 1:9-11; Colossians 1:9-11). If they do repent, the pleasure of sin will be turned into the gall of asps here; if they do not repent, it will terminate in everlasting howlings hereafter. From the inconsistency and contrariety that there is betwixt Christ and unmortified lust (Galatians 5:17).2. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Your corruptions, like glue, fasten your affections to the world, and how hard will it be for such a man to be separated by death. So in moral.1. (6) What hard work will you have in your dying hour, except you get a heart mortified to this world and all that is in it? (1) It implies the soul's implantation into Christ, and union with Him. Or do you assume the promises of God as true, and regard His threatenings as empty terrors? Has seen the evil of sin.2. "Mortify, therefore, your members."1. (3) The crucifixion of the flesh does not consist in the cessation of the external acts of sin, for, in that respect the lusts of men may die of their own accord, even a kind of natural death. This work of mortification is peculiar to the Spirit of God (Romans 8:13; Galatians 5:17), and the Spirit becomes a principle of mortification in believers two ways, namely —1. "Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly."3. They should not make us say, "All is well with me, for I am Christ's," but should rather set us upon earnestly considering our ways and proving our own selves. For information. "The passions and the lusts thereof." Negatively. 3. 'Tis true there are many ways attempted by men for the mortification of sin, and many rules laid down to guide men in that great work, some of which are very trifling and impertinent things. From whence, then, do these evils proceed? Has seen the infinite love of Jesus; and, therefore, he has been led to hate, renounce, and pursue sin to the death.IV. The corruptions of the heart will continually fill the hands with work of the most difficult nature. (2) Walk in daily communion With God if ever you will mortify the corruptions of nature. No, indeed, it is most practical: "have crucified the flesh." For direction. And the test is no ideal or visionary one. 1. When the grey dawn of morning broke, behold, they had never loosed the mooring line, or raised the anchor. Brooks.Five persons were studying what were the best means to mortify sin; one said, to meditate on death; the second, to meditate on judgment; the third, to meditate on the joys of heaven; the fourth, on the torments of hell: the fifth, on the blood and sufferings of Jesus; and certainly the last is the choicest and strongest motive of all.(T. (2) From the devil, says another; but while he fosters evil works, he is not the worker. In a word, the death of the cross was not a natural, but a violent, death. O what a bitter and doleful parting have carnal hearts from carnal things I whereas the mortified soul can receive the messengers of death without trouble, and as cheerfully put off the body at death as a man doth his clothes at night. They are not our best friends who stir the pride of our hearts by" the flattery of their lips. Your corruptions, like glue, fasten your affections to the world, and how hard will it be for such a man to be separated by death. Has seen the evil of sin.2. (3) From within, out of the heart, says Christ, out of man's true inmost self. If they do repent, the pleasure of sin will be turned into the gall of asps here; if they do not repent, it will terminate in everlasting howlings hereafter. Two I shall mention as conducible to this crucifixion of the flesh, with its affections and lusts. Is this the fruit of the dove-like spirit of Christ?1. And that's just the way with many who are striving to enter the kingdom of heaven. They are not our best friends who stir the pride of our hearts by" the flattery of their lips. Death need not pull and hale; such a man goes half-way to meet it (Philippians 1:23).3.