Westminster Larger Catechism Study

Beware of Light Thoughts of Sin

One of Spurgeon’s best. Old John Gill put it this way..

but sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that is, the vitiosity and corruption of nature, which is designed by sin, took an occasion, “by that which is good”, that is, the law, through its prohibition of lust, to work in me all maimer of concupiscence, which brought forth fruit unto death; wherefore, upon the law’s entrance into my heart and conscience, I received the sentence of death in myself, that so sin by it, “working death in me, might appear sin” to me,

which I never knew before. This end was to be, and is answered by it, yea,
that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful;

that the corruption of nature might not only be seen and known to be sin,

but exceeding sinful; as being not only contrary to the pure and holy nature of God, but as taking occasion by the pure and holy law of God to exert itself the more, and so appear to be as the words καθ υπερβολην αμαρτωλος, may be rendered, “exceedingly a sinner”, or “an exceeding great sinner”; that being the source and parent of all actual sins and transgressions; wherefore not the law, but sin, was the cause of death, which by the law is discovered to be so very sinful.

It is amazing today how all types of sin are readily acceptable and repentance is rarely preached.

Perhaps it’s just too much to teach in our culture or at least we are told people don’t want to hear about it. Just how to live a better life in the culture or how God is “only” love.

Maybe it’s really simple…one pastor I heard recently said all of our sins can be traced back to roots in the 10 Commandments….and even the 10th gets to the heart issues that Jesus spoke about. So it’s really all plainly there in front of us. Maybe a new verse?

“Amazing Grace that saved a pretty good person like me!”

Possessing the Treasure

by C.H. Spurgeon

“Sin . . . exceeding sinful.”-Romans 7:13

Beware of light thoughts of sin. At the time of conversion, the conscience is so tender, that we are afraid of the slightest sin. Young converts have a holy timidity, a godly fear lest they should offend against God. But alas! very soon the fine bloom upon these first ripe fruits is removed by the rough handling of the surrounding world: the sensitive plant of young piety turns into a willow in after life, too pliant, too easily yielding. It is sadly true, that even a Christian may grow by degrees so callous, that the sin which once startled him does not alarm him in the least. By degrees men get familiar with sin. The ear in which the cannon has been booming will not notice slight sounds. At first a little sin startles us; but soon we say, “Is…

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Westminster Larger Catechism Study

The Words of Eternal Life

Great post Mike. The last few years these verses in John 6 have been my go to ones when I need to explain clearly what God’s word says about salvation. And thanks for outlining the points of the ordo salutis-the order of the application of redemption to the elect. There is a chapter in Williamson’s Study Guide to the Westminster Confession on The Effectual Call that fully discusses that. But one rarely sees someone even refer to it like you did today.

I love the way Jesus repeats himself in v65, after earlier saying:

John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Btw…I consider John 6:66 one of the saddest verses in the Bible.

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. 54 “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 “For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. 56 “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57 “As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. 58 “This is the bread which came down out of heaven, not as the fathers ate and died. He who eats this bread will live forever.” (John 6:53–58 Legacy Standard Bible)

About 36 years ago God intervened…

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