The Evil Of Sin!
by John Flavel-
If the death of Christ was that which satisfied God for our sins,
there is infinite evil in sin, since it would not be expiated but
by an infinite satisfaction.
Fools make a mock at sin, and there are few in the world who
are fully sensible of its evil; but certainly, if God should
exact of you the full penalty, your eternal sufferings could not
satisfy for the evil there is in one vain thought.
You may think it severe, that God should subject his creatures to
everlasting sufferings for sin, and never be satisfied with them
any more. But when you have well considered, that the Being against
whom you sin is the infinitely blessed God, and how God dealt
with the angels that fell, you will change your mind.
Oh the depth of the evil of sin!
If ever you wish to see how great and horrid an evil sin is,
measure it in your thoughts, either by the infinite holiness and
excellency of God, who is wronged by it; or by the infinite
sufferings of Christ, who died to satisfy for it; and then you
will have deeper apprehensions of its enormity.
If the death of Christ satisfied God, and thereby redeemed us
from the curse; then the redemption of souls is costly; souls are
precious and of great value with God. "You know that you were
not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from
your vain conversation received by tradition; but with the
precious blood of the Son of God, as of a lamb without spot."
(1Peter 1:18,19). Only the blood of God is an equivalent for the
redemption of souls. Gold and silver may redeem from human,
but not from hellish bondage.
The whole creation is not a value for the redemption of one soul.
If Christ's death satisfied God for our sins,
how unparalleled is the love of God to poor sinners!
If Christ, by dying, has made full satisfaction,
then God can consistently pardon the greatest of
sinners that believe in Jesus.