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The Potter's Clay

Scripture, Theology, the Christian worldview, and other ramblings.

19 December 2005

He puts us in our right place

J. C. Ryle, "Having the Spirit"

"When He comes, He will convict the world about
sin, righteousness, and judgment." (John 16:8)

All who have the Spirit are convinced by Him of sin.

He alone can open a man's eyes to the real extent of
his guilt and corruption before God. He always does
this when He comes into the soul. He puts us in our
right place! He shows us the vileness of our own hearts,
and makes us cry with the publican, "God be merciful to
me a sinner!" He pulls down those proud, self-righteous,
self-justifying notions with which we are all born--and
makes us feel as we ought to feel--"I am a sinful man,
and I deserve to be in hell!"

Sin is no more pleasant to those who are taught by the
Spirit. It is their sorrow when tempted by it. It is their
shame when they are overtaken by it. Their desire is to
be free from it altogether. Their happiest times are when
they are enabled to walk most closely with God. Their
saddest times are when they are furthest off from Him.

"When He comes, He will convict the world about
sin, righteousness, and judgment." (John 16:8)

2 Comments:

Blogger Mike Perrigoue said...

"Sin is no more pleasant to those who are taught by the Spirit. It is their sorrow when tempted by it. It is their shame when they are overtaken by it. Their desire is to be free from it altogether."

Joe, I'm relieved to finally be at this point in my life where sin is repulsive to me. Yet, still tempting. How can that be? Feeling the edgy-ness of my sin keeps things real. And, it's tough living with the knowledge that I am a sinner and cannot save myself. I feel like a fighter that is no longer numb to the pain of the battle. I feel the sting of every jab. The sickening thud of every body shot. And of course, I'm dropped to the floor with crushing right crosses every so often. Yet, I have Christ in my corner...picking me up. Again. And again. And again. In order to win this fight I had to throw in the towel. Weird. But true...

So yes, I desire to be free from it. And yet, I'm glad that I'm not free from the pain. Because of the pain I am constantly reminded of my need of a Jesus Christ.

19 December, 2005 22:29  
Blogger Mike Perrigoue said...

Oops...not "a" Jesus Christ, but "THE" Jesus Christ. : )

Good grief...it's a good thing I'm not a Bible translator!

19 December, 2005 22:32  

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