THE SINFULNESS OF SIN STUDY
1. SIN’S contrary opposition TO GOD
Though all these things are not done by every sinful man, yet they are not only in the nature of sin, and that of every sin more or less, but are all of them in the heart of all sinners in their seed and root (Matthew 15.19)
So what is done by any man would be done by every man, if God did not restrain some men from it by his power, and constrain others to obedience by his love and power (2 Corinthians 5.14; Psalm 110.3).
1. Sin is contrary to the nature of God.
2. Sin is contrary to all the names and attributes of God. It sets itself in opposition to them all.
(1) It deposes the sovereignty of God as much as in it lies. It
(2) It denies God’s all-sufficiency.
(3) It challenges the justice of God, and dares God to do his worst
(4) It disowns his omniscience.
(5) It despises the riches of God’s goodness (Romans 2.4).
(6) It turns his grace into immorality, unrestraint, abandon (Jude 4)
3. Sin is contrary to the works of God.
4. Sin is contrary to the law and will of God, to all the rules and orders of his appointment.
5. Sin is contrary to the image of God, in which man was made.
6. Sin is contrary to the people and children of God.
7. Sin is contrary to, and set against the glory of God, and all that should and would give glory to him, or has any tendency to do so.
8. Sin is contrary and opp
osite to the being and existence of God.
2. SIN’S CONTRARIETY TO MAN
I. SIN IS AGAINST MAN’S PRESENT GOOD, IN THIS LIFE, against the good of his body and the good of his soul. For on both it has brought a curse and death.
(1) Against the good of man’s body.
(2) Against the good of man’s soul.
(1) In a natural sense
(i) It is against man’s well-being in this life
a. Sin is against man’s rest and ease, of which man is a great lover; and, indeed, he needs it as a great part of the well-being of his life.
b. Sin is against man’s comfort and joy. In sorrow shalt thou eat all the days of thy life (Genesis 3.17). Not one whole merry day!
c. Sin is against man’ s health. From it come all diseases and sicknesses; till sin there were no such things.
d. Sin is against the quiet of a man’s natural conscience.
e. Sin is against the beauty of man
f. Sin is against the loving and conjugal co-habitation of soul and body.
g. Sin is against man’s relative good in this world.
Thus sin sets itself to oppose man’s well-being,
(ii) Sin is against the very being of man
2) Sin is also against the good of man in a moral sense
(i) It has degraded man, by defiling him,
a. To his body, for the flesh is filthy (2 Corinthians 7.1),
b. This defilement also cleaves to the soul, which is the principal subject of
(ii) Sin has darkened man’s understanding. Poor man is wise to do evil, but to do good he has no knowledge (Jeremiah 4.22).
a. By his groping, which, in the Scripture, is constantly attributed to blindness and darkness. Peruse Deuteronomy 28.29; Job 5.14, and 12.25; and Isaiah 59.10
b. Though the light shines, yet man’s darkness comprehends it not (John 1.5).
c. By his walking in all kinds of wickedness, which are called the works of darkness (Ephesians 5.11).
d. Man knows not whither he goes. (John I2.35; 1 John 2.11).
e. He stumbles, and does not know why (John 11.9,10; Proverbs 4.19).
f. Man knows not his time, nor how to order his thoughts, words and actions.
g. He can be content to be led, even by a dog.
(iii) Sin has depraved man’ s understanding, and made him a fool, a sot, a very brute; ignorant, foolish and beast are joined together in Psalm 73.22.
Man’s folly is shown to be great in three ways:
a. In relation to his chief and ultimate end,
(1) It was not so when man was in paradise
(2) That cannot be our happiness which is below us.
(3) That cannot be our happiness which is not so much as a token of the love of God.
leading to happiness, as well as in relation to his end and happiness;
Sin has made men worship either (1) a false God, which is idolatry; or (2) God falsely, which is superstition.
(1) Idolatry is man’s folly
(2) Superstition is man’s folly, also, as to religion.
This must suffice to show man’s folly, and how sin has duped man, as to his end, happiness, and the means to it, religion. I now proceed to show
c. Man’s folly as to the non-improvement or mis-improvement of means, when made known in truth and clearness.
Let us consider some examples, and only some, of man’s folly:
(1) Man is so heady, hasty and rash in his undertakings.
(2) Man laughs at, and sports himself in his sin and misery
(3) Man says, It is vain to serve God.
(4) Man is so ungrateful to God, who has put him under an infinite obligation.
(5) If God corrects man, or afflicts him for his sin and folly, he soon grows angry with God.
(6) Man’s folly is apparent in that he is unteachable.
(7) Some men are such fools as to apostatize, even after they have received the truth and have gone far in the profession of it, which is no small folly.
(iv) Sin has degraded man and made him a beast