Charnock on Sin

15 09 2006

charnck.jpg“How sinful is sin that God must bleed to cure it?!” (Stephen Charnock)

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22 09 2006
The Aspiring Theologian

I just found your blog for the first time, and look forward to visiting it more in the future.

As for the above quote, I’d say our sin is pretty disgusting. That’s why God Himself had to suffer the punishment we deserve. That is the beauty and majesty and glory of the Gospel.

A. Shepherd
The Aspiring Theologian

The Knight of the Living God

22 10 2006
Travis Carden

Indeed! Sin is, as the Apostle said, “utterly sinful” (Romans 7:13). And all sin alike, “For He who said, ‘Do not commit adultery,’ also said, ‘Do not commit murder'” (James 2:11), so that the guilt of sin lies in the one offended, not in the offense itself. There is a comment around here regarding the supposed injustice of a God who infinitely punishes for finite sins–implied, for small sins. To that I would like to let the Puritan Anthony Burgess speak from his book Spiritual Refining, Part II: A Treatise of Sin:

If men would judge aright, they would account no sin little: for although the Scripture make some sins as gnats, and others as camels, yet take the least sin absolutely, the guilt of it is greater than thou canst bear; If you ask why, the answer is ready, There is no little sin, because there is no little God: all sin is transgression of the Law, and the least blemish in the soul hath infinite evil in it, because it is against God of infinite majesty; and further no sin is to be accounted little, because the guilt can only be done away by Christ’s blood; Had Christ died to take away all sin but that one petty oath, that one lascivious word, all thy tears, thy sighs could never have satisfied; Though it be but a farthing, yet if left unpaid, it will keep thee in that dungeon of hell forever.

Praise God, for His elect He left no sin unpaid. For as great as is our sin, so great is our salvation.

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