Saturday, January 31, 2009

What Tears Can Quench That Fire?

"The Vain Self-Flatteries of the Sinner"
by Jonathan Edwards (31 minutes)

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What tears can quench that fire?(Thomas Watson)

Sin has . . . the devil for its father, shame for its companion, and death for its wages!

See the evil effects of sin!
Sin has corrupted us. As poison corrupts the blood--so sin corrupts the soul.

Sin has degraded us of our honor. God made us in His own image--but sin has made us like devils! "You are of your father the Devil--and you want to carry out your father’s desires!" John 8:44.

Sin disquiets the peace of the soul. "There is no peace, for the wicked." Isaiah 57:21. Whatever defiles--disturbs. Sin creates fears--and there is "torment in fear." Sin makes sad convulsions in the conscience. Judas was so terrified with guilt and horror--that he hanged himself, to quiet his conscience. In order to ease his conscience--he threw himself into hell!

Sin produces all temporal evil. Sin is the Trojan Horse, which has sword, and famine and pestilence, in its belly. Sin is a coal, which not only blackens--but burns. Sin creates all our troubles; it puts gravel into our bread, and wormwood in our cup. Sin . . . rots the name, consumes the estate, buries loved ones.

Sin unrepented of, brings final damnation. The canker which breeds in the rose--is the cause of its perishing. Just so, the corruptions which breed in men's souls--are the cause of their damning. Sin's pleasure will turn to sorrow at last. Like the book the prophet ate--sin is sweet in the mouth--but bitter in the belly. Sin brings the wrath of God! What tears can quench that fire?
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