The Power of God Subdues our Corruptions

The power of God subdues our corruptions. ” He will subdue our iniquities ” (Micah vii. 19). Is your sin strong? God is powerful, He will break the head of this leviathan. Is your heart hard? God will dissolve that stone in Christ’s blood. ” The Almighty maketh my heart soft ” (Job xxiii. 16). When we say as Jehoshaphat, ” We have no might against this great army ” ; the Lord goes up with us, and helps us to fight our battles. He strikes off the heads of those goliath lusts which are too strong for us. “All Things for Good

The Life of Sin is the Death of the Soul

The life of sin is the death of the soul. A sinner has all the signs of one that is dead; he has no pulse; for the affections are the pulse of the soul; his pulse does not beat after God. He has no sense: ‘Who being past feeling’ (Eph. 4:19). Dead things have no beauty, there is no beauty in a dead flower; dead things are not capable of privilege; the dead heir is not crowned. But grace is the vital artery of the soul; it does not only irradiate, but animate; therefore it is called ‘the light of life’ (Jn. 8:12). And believers are said to have their grave clothes pulled off, and to be alive from the dead (Rom. 6:13). By grace the soul is grafted into Christ the true vine (Jn. 15:5), and is made not only living but lively (I Pet. 1:3). Grace puts forth a divine energy into the soul. “Harmless as Doves” pg. 160

Original Sin in the Believer

Original sin, though latent in the soul, and as a spring which runs underground, often breaks forth unexpectedly. Christian, you cannot believe that evil which is in your heart, and which will break forth suddenly, if God should leave you. “Is thy servant a dog that he should do this great thing” (II Kings 8:13)? Hazael could not believe he had such a root of bitterness in his heart, that he should rip up the women with child. Is thy servant a dog? Yes, and worse than a dog, when that original corruption within is stirred up. If one had come to Peter and said, Peter, within a few hours you will deny Christ, he would have said, “Is your servant a dog?” But alas! Peter did not know his own heart, nor how far that corruption within would prevail upon him. The sea may be calm, and look clear; but when the wind blows how it rages and foams! So though now your heart seems good, yet when temptation blows, how may original sin discover itself, making you foam with lust and passion. “A Body of Divinity” pgs. 145-6

The Schemes of the Devil to Hinder Us

The devil, if he cannot hinder us from duty, will hinder us in duty. When we come before the Lord, he is at our right hand to resist us (Zech. 3:1). Like when a man is going to write, and another stands at his elbow and jogs him, so that he cannot write evenly. Satan will set vain objects before the fancy to cause a diversion. The devil does not oppose formality but fervency. If he sees that we are setting ourselves in good earnest to seek God, he will be whispering things in our ears, so that we can scarcely attend to what we are doing. “The Godly Man’s Picture”  pgs. 162-163

Sin Hangs Weights Upon Us

Original sin may be compared to that fish Pliny speaks of, a sea-lamprey, which cleaves to the keel of the ship and hinders it when it is under sail. Sin hangs weights upon us so that we move but slowly to heaven. O this adherence of sin! Paul shook the viper which was on his hand into the fire (Acts 28:5), but we cannot shake off original corruption in this life. Sin does not come as a lodger for a night, but as an indweller: ‘sin that dwelleth in me’ (Rom. 7:17). It is with us as with one who has a hectic fever upon him; though he changes the air, yet still he carries his disease with him. Original sin is inexhaustible. This ocean cannot be emptied. Though the stock of sin spends, yet it is not at all diminished. The more we sin, the fuller we are of sin. Original corruption is like the widow’s oil which increased by pouring out. “Doctrine of Repentance” pg. 73

Original Sin

Original sin may be compared to that fish Pliny speaks of, a sea-lamprey, which cleaves to the keel of the ship and hinders it when it is under sail. Sin hangs weights upon us so that we move but slowly to heaven. O this adherence of sin! Paul shook the viper which was on his hand into the fire (Acts 28:5), but we cannot shake off original corruption in this life. Sin does not come as a lodger  for a night, but as an indweller: ‘sin that dwelleth in me’ (Rom. 7:17). It is with us as with one who has a hectic fever upon him; though he changes the air, yet still he carries his disease with him. Original sin is inexhaustible. This ocean cannot be emptied. Though the stock of sin spends, yet it is not at all diminished. The more we sin, the fuller we are of sin. Original corruption is like the widow’s oil which increased by pouring out. “Doctrine of Repentance” pg. 73

Conviction is the First Step in Conversion

A man is convinced of sin, he sees he is a sinner and nothing but a sinner; the fallow ground of his heart is broken up (Jer. 4:3). As the husbandman breaks the clods, then casts in the seed, so God, by the convincing work of the law, breaks a sinner’s heart, and makes it fit to receive the seeds of grace. Such as were never convinced are never called. “He shall convince the world of sin” (John 16:8). Conviction is the first step in conversion. “A Body of Divinity”pg. 224

By Sinning, Men have Contracted a Custom of Evil

Reason and conscience are bound like prisoners with the chains of lust. By sinning still, men have contracted a custom of evil. Jeremiah 13:23, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots?” Custom in sin stupefies conscience. ‘Tis like a gravestone laid upon a man. Oh, how hard their conversion who go on still in their trespasses! That tree will hardly be plucked up which has been long rooting in the earth. How hard will they find it to be plucked up out of their natural estate who have been many years rooting in sin! He who had been possessed with the devil from his youth up found it more hard to have the devil cast out of him, Mk. 9:21. “Mischief of Sin” pg. 58

Origen Calls Confession the Vomit of the Soul

Pharaoh confessed he had sinned (Exod. 9:27), but when the thunder ceased he fell to his sin again: ‘he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart’ (Exod. 9:34). Origen calls confession the vomit of the soul whereby the conscience is eased of that burden which did lie upon it. Now, when we have vomited up sin by confession we must not return to this vomit. What king will pardon that man who, after  he has confessed his treason, practices new treason? “Doctrine of Repentance”  pg. 32

Tremble at Sinful Thoughts

“Tremble at sinful thoughts. We startle at gross sin, but we are not troubled so much for sinful thoughts. Know firstly, that sin may be committed in the thoughts, though it never blossom into outward act: ‘The thought of foolishness is sin. (Prov. 24:9)'” The Great Gain of Godliness, pg. 81