Oh, The Depth and Evil of Sin!

(1627 - 1691)If the death of Christ was that which satisfied God for our sins, there is infinite evil in sin, since it would not be expiated but by an infinite satisfaction.

Fools make a mock at sin, and there are few in the world who are fully sensible of its evil; but certainly, if God should exact of you the full penalty, your eternal sufferings could not satisfy for the evil there is in one vain thought.

You may think it severe, that God should subject his creatures to everlasting sufferings for sin, and never be satisfied with them any more. But when you have well considered, that the Being against whom you sin is the infinitely blessed God, and how God dealt with the angels that fell, you will change your mind.

Oh, the depth of the evil of sin!

If ever you wish to see how great and horrid an evil sin is, measure it in your thoughts, either by the infinite holiness and excellency of God, who is wronged by it; or by the infinite sufferings of Christ, who died to satisfy for it; and then you will have deeper apprehensions of its enormity.

If the death of Christ satisfied God, and thereby redeemed us from the curse; then the redemption of souls is costly; souls are precious and of great value with God. “You know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition; but with the precious blood of the Son of God, as of a lamb without spot.” (1 Peter 1:18-19). Only the blood of God is an equivalent for the redemption of souls. Gold and silver may redeem from human, but not from hellish bondage.

The whole creation is not a value for the redemption of one soul.

If Christ’s death satisfied God for our sins, how unparalleled is the love of God to poor sinners!

If Christ, by dying, has made full satisfaction, then God can consistently pardon the greatest of sinners that believe in Jesus.

John Flavel (1627 – 1691)

About Greg Coleman

I am a Particular Baptist who affirms the absolute sovereignty of the triune Godhead in all things. The fullness of the Godhead dwells in the God-man Jesus Christ. He is the Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, Disposer and Judge of all that ever was, is now or ever shall be. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and men. He was made to be sin for his people and saved them from their sins by his substitutionary, sacrificial death on the cross thereby satisfying the justice and wrath of God against them. The sufficiency of his death to the satisfaction of God’s justice is proven by his physical resurrection from the dead and enthronement in glory at the right hand of the Father. Jesus Christ is coming again to judge the living and the dead. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.
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6 Responses to Oh, The Depth and Evil of Sin!

  1. jm says:

    Excellent find Mr. Coleman. Folks are reading the blog, be encouraged to continue.

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  3. This is great, Greg!

    Any idea what work this is from?

  4. OK, I found the work at the link below:

    The fountain of life opened

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