He is both depraved and condemned!
(J. A. James, "The
Practical Believer Delineated" 1852)
God created man in His own image--which consisted of
true holiness. No spot of guilt was upon his conscience
--nor spot of depravity upon his heart.
The light of truth irradiated his understanding.
The glow of perfect love warmed his heart.
The choices of his will were all on the side of purity.
His conscience was the seat of perfect peace.
The beauties of holiness adorned his character.
His whole soul was in harmony with the untainted
scenes of Paradise--in which bowers he walked in
undisturbed friendship with God.
No sorrow wrung his heart.
No care wrinkled his brow.
No anxiety broke his rest.
He was happy--because he was holy.
When he sinned, his whole moral condition was
altered! He fell under the condemnation of the law
he had violated, and became the subject of inward
corruption. An entire change passed over his nature.
He not only became guilty--but depraved!
His understanding became darkened!
His affections became selfish and earthly!
His will became prone to choose what is wrong!
His conscience became benumbed!
If he would ever be recovered from this state of
misery, he must be both pardoned and sanctified.
The covenant of God's love and mercy in Christ Jesus
--the glorious scheme of redeeming grace--meets the
whole case of fallen man, by providing not only
justification--but sanctification as well.
Wonderful gospel provision!
Pardon for the guilty!
Sanctification for the unholy!
The condition of the sinner may be likened to that of
a condemned criminal shut up in prison, and infected
with a deadly plague! What he needs, is both the cure
of his plague--and the reversal of his sentence. Neither
alone, will meet his case. If he is only pardoned--he will
die of the plague. If he is only cured of the plague--he
will suffer the just sentence of the law.
So it is with fallen man--he is both depraved
condemned! If he is only pardoned--his depravity will
be his misery. If he could by any means be reformed
--he is still under sentence of death.
The glory and completeness of the gospel scheme
is, that it provides a cure for the diseases of the
soul--in sanctification; as well as a pardon from
the condemnation of the law--in justification!