"The principal efficient cause of the performance of this duty is the Spirit: -"If by the Spirit." The Spirit here is the Spirit mentioned verse 11, the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of God, that "dwells in us," verse 9, that "quickens us," verse 11; "the Holy Ghost," verse 14; the "Spirit of adoption," verse 15; the Spirit "that maketh intercession for us, verse 26. All other ways of mortification are vain, all helps leave us helpless; it must be done by the Spirit."
-John Owen, "Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers; ". The Works of John Owen, Volume VI. The Banner of Truth Trust: Carlisle, PA. (1668) 2000. p.7.
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