There are many wonderful things Edward Leigh says in his Body of Divinity about mortification of sin, but this profoundly simple statement is something never to forget:
Meditating on the death of Christ is the purest and most effectual way of mortifying sin, 1 Pet. 4:1. Look upon Christ's death not only as a pattern of mortification but cause of mortification, John 3:14; Heb. 12:2.
- Look upon sin as the cause of Christ's sufferings, Zech. 12:10; Acts 2:37.
- Consider the greatness and dreadfulness of his sufferings, Rom. 8:32.
- The fruit of his sufferings, Col. 2:15.
- Reason must argue from the end of Christ's sufferings which was mortification as well as comfort and pardon, 1 John 3:6; Ephes. 5:27.