transgressor. This is also the most hopeless feature of his case, since for one who never realizes his sin there is no salvation. In the light of this truth, we see the amazing grace of God, not only in the gift of Christ to die for sinners, but in the gift of the Holy Spirit to convince men of their sins and to lead them to accept the Savior. <199008>Psalm 90:8 ? ?Thou hast set our secret sins in the light of thy countenance? = man?s inner sinfulness is hidden from himself, until it is contrasted with the holiness of God. Light = a luminary or sun, which shines down into the depths of the heart and brings out its hidden evil into painful relief. See Julius Muller, Doctrine of Sin, 2:248-259; Edwards, Works, 2:326; John Caird, Reasons for Men?s Unconsciousness of their Sins, in Sermons, 33.
II. EVERY MEMBER OF THE HUMAN RACE, WITHOUT
EXCEPTION, POSSESSES A CORRUPTED NATURE, WHICH IS A SOURCE OF ACTUAL SIN, AND IS ITSELF SIN.
1. Proof from Scripture.
A. The sinful acts and dispositions of men are referred to, and explained by, a corrupt nature.
By ?nature? we mean that which is born in a man that which he has by birth. That there is an inborn corrupt state from which spiteful acts and dispositions flow is evident from <420643>Luke 6:43-45 ? ?there is no good tree that bringeth forth corrupt fruit? the evil man out of the evil treasure [of his heart] bringeth forth that which is evil?; <401234>Matthew 12:34 ? ?Ye offspring of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things?? <195803>Psalm 58:3 ? ?The wicked are estranged from the womb: They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.?
This corrupt nature
(a) belongs to man from the first moment of his being,
(b) underlies man?s consciousness,
(c) cannot be changed by man?s own power,
(d) first constitutes him a sinner before God and
(e) is the common heritage of the race.
<195105> Psalm 51:5 ? ?Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity; And in sin did my mother conceive me? ? here David is confessing, not his mother?s sin, but his own sin and he declares that this sin goes back to the very
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