"Enemies in war are restless, pressing, and importunate; so is the law of sin. Doth it set upon the soul? ---Cast off its motions; it returns again. Rebuke them by the power of grace; they withdraw for awhile, and return again. Set before them the cross of Christ; they do as those that came to take him, ---at sight of him they went backwards and fell unto the ground, but they arose again and laid hands on him, ---sin gives place for a season, but returns and presseth on the soul again. Mind it of the love of God in Christ; though it be stricken, yet it gives not over. Present hell fire unto it; it rusheth into the midst of those flames. Reproach it with its folly and madness; it knows no shame, but presseth on still."
John Owen, "The Nature, Power, Deceit, and Prevalency of the Remainders of Indwelling Sin in Believers". The Works of John Owen, Volume VI. The Banner of Truth Trust: Carlisle, PA. (1668) 2000. p.199.
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