Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Degrees of Sin

By Thomas Watson, from his sermon 'The Ten Commandments'...


He that delivered me unto thee, has the greater sin.' John 19:11. The Stoic philosophers held that all sins were equal; but this Scripture clearly holds forth that there is a gradual difference in sin; some are greater than others; some are mighty sins,' and crying sins.' Amos 5:12; Genesis 18:21. Every sin has a voice to speak, but some sins cry. As some diseases are worse than others, and some poisons more venomous, so some sins are more heinous. Ye have done worse than your fathers, your sins have exceeded theirs.' Jeremiah 16:12; Ezekiel 16:47. Some sins have a blacker aspect than others; to clip the king's coin is treason; but to strike his person is a higher degree of treason. A vain thought is a sin, but a blasphemous word is a greater sin. That some sins are greater than others appears, (1) Because there was difference in the offerings under the law; the sin offering was greater than the trespass offering. (2) Because some sins are not capable of pardon as others are, therefore they must needs be more heinous, as the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost Matthew 12:31. (3) Because some sins have a greater degree of punishment than others. Ye shall receive the greater damnation.' Matthew 23:14. Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?' God would not punish one more than another if his sin was not greater. It is true, all sins are equally heinous in respect of the object,' or the infinite God, against whom sin is committed, but, in another sense, all sins are not alike heinous; some sins have more bloody circumstances in them, which are like the dye to the wool, to give it a deeper colour.

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2 comments:

Jehovah Mekoddishkem said...

Very Good article. I didn't think about greater degrees of sin but now that it's clearly pointed out in Scripture such as if someone committed adultery or homosexuality for example they were stoned to death.

I recon my thinking was that since there's no sin Jesus didn't pay the price for such as a serial murderer compared to someone who has only murdered with anger in their hearts that sin is sin and God holds both just as damnable.

Anyways, thanks for the refreshing article Lyn

lyn said...

you are welcome sister.