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

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Sin is contrary to all the NAMES and ATTRIBUTES of God

 Sin sets itself in opposition to them all.
(1) Sin deposes the sovereignty of God as much as in it lies. Sin will not tolerate that the King of kings should be on the throne, and govern this world which he has made. It was by this instinct that Pharaoh said, "Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know no Lord above me — and I will not let Israel go!" (Exodus 5:2). The voice and language of sin is, "Our lips are our own — who is Lord over us?" (Psalm 12:4). It was from hence that the Jews of old said, "We are lords — we will come no more to you!" (Jeremiah 2:31). Thus sin attempts to dethrone God.
(2) Sin denies God's all-sufficiency. As if there were not contentment and satisfaction enough to be had in the enjoyment of God — but that vanity and wickedness had more of pleasure and profit than God, whose ways are all pleasantness, and whose service is the health of man! Every prodigal who leaves the Father's house says in effect: It is better to be elsewhere!
(3) Sin challenges the justice of God, and dares God to do his worst (Malachi 2:17). Sin provokes the Lord to jealousy, and tempts him to wrath.
(4) Sin disowns God's omniscience. Pooh! they say, God does not see, nor does the most High regard.
(5) Sin despises the riches of God's goodness (Romans 2:4).
(6) Sin turns God's grace into a license for sin (Jude 4). It will make bold with God, and sin because grace abounds.
In short, sin . . .
is the dare of God's justice,
the rape of his mercy,
the jeer of his patience,
the slight of his power,
the contempt of his love —
as John Bunyan prettily expresses this ugly thing.
We may go on and say that sin is . . .
the upbraiding of his providence (Psalm 50),
the scoff of his promise (2 Peter 3:3-4), and
the reproach of his wisdom (Isaiah 29:16).
As is said of the Man of Sin (that is who is made up of sin) — sin opposes and exalts itself above all that is called God (and above all that God is called), so that it as God sits in the temple of God, showing itself as if it were God (2 Thessalonians 2:4)

excerpt from Ralph Venning's plague of plagues

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