Dethroned--but not destroyed!
(John Angell James, "Christian Progress" 1853)
"For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no
good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to
perform that which is good I find not." Romans 7:18
A Christian is truly regenerated--but at the same
time only partially sanctified.
Sin is dethroned--but not destroyed!
His predominant taste and disposition are holy--
but godly principles may not yet have struck
their roots very deep into his soul.
His holy purposes are somewhat vacillating, and
his inclinations to evil sometimes strong.
We have the burden of our fleshly corruptions to
carry, which without great labor and effort, will
sadly retard us in our Christian lives.
We are like a traveler who is on a smooth road, has
fine weather, is intimately acquainted with the way,
and has agreeable and helpful companions--but who
at the same time is very lame, or has a load to carry.
His lameness or his load will be a great delay to him.
His attention must be directed to these things. He
must cure the one or lighten the other, or he will
make slow progress.