Understand Condemnation To Appreciate Grace

“Condemnation is a word of tremendous import, and the better we understand it the more shall we appreciate the wondrous grace that has delivered us from its power. In the halls of a human court this is a term which falls with fearful knell upon the ear of the convicted criminal and fills the spectators with sadness and horror. But in the court of Divine Justice it is vested with a meaning and content infinitely more solemn and awe-inspiring. To that Court every member of Adam’s fallen race is cited. ‘Conceived in sin, shapen in iniquity’ [Psalm 51:5] each one enters this world under arrest – an indicted criminal, a rebel manacled. How, then, is it possible for such a one to escape the execution of the dread sentence? There was only one way, and that was by the removal from us of that which called forth the sentence, namely sin. Let guilt be removed and there can be ‘no condemnation’ [Romans 8:1].

Has guilt been removed, removed, we mean, from the sinner who believes? Let the Scriptures answer: ‘As far as the east is from the west so far hath he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). ‘I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions’ (Isaiah 43:25). ‘Thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back’ (Isaiah 38:17). ‘Their sins and iniquities will I remember no more’ (Hebrews 10:17).”

– Arthur W. Pink, Comfort for Christians, p.8-9

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Be Grounded and Settled in the Faith

“A most sovereign antidote against all kind of errors, is to be grounded and settled in the faith: persons unfixed in the true religion, are very receptive of a false; and they who are nothing in spiritual knowledge, are easily made any thing. Clouds without water are driven to and fro with every wind, and ships without ballast liable to the violence of every tempest.”

– The Westminster Assembly, Westminster Confession of Faith, p.6

It Defiles the Tongue That Mentions It

“How then are you able to look these Scriptures in the face, and not blush? O what a sin is this! Are you willing to be ranked with fools, dogs, sinners, heathens, and take your lot with them? God has planted that affection of shame in your nature to be as a guard against such filthy lust; it is a sin that has filthiness enough in it to defile the tongue that mentions it, Ephesians 5:3.

– John Flavel, Impure Lust, p. 11-12