things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but also consent with them that practice them?; 2:12 ? ?For as many as have sinned without the law shall also perish without the law: and as many as have sinned under the law shall be judged by the law?; <540113>1 Timothy 1:13, 15, 16 ? ?I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.?
<234219> Isaiah 42:19 ? ?Who is blind...as Jehovah?s servant?? It was the Pharisees whom Jesus warned of the sin against the Holy Spirit. The guilt of the crucifixion rested on Jews rather than on Gentiles. Apostate Israel was guiltier than the pagans were. The greatest sinners of the present day may be in Christendom, not in heathendom. Satan was an archangel, Judas was an apostle and Alexander Borgia was a pope. Jackson, James, Martineau, 362 ? ?Corruptio optimi pessima est, as seen in a drunken Webster, a treacherous Bacon, a licentious Goethe.? Sir Roger de Goverley observed that none but men of fine parts deserve to be hanged. Kaftan, Dogmatik, 317 ? ?The greater sin often involves the lesser guilt; the lesser sin the greater guilt.? Robert Browning, The Ring and the Book, 227 (Pope, 1975) ? ?There ?s a new tribunal now Higher than God?s, the educated man?s! Nice sense of honor in the human breast Supersedes here the old coarse oracle!? Dr. H. E. Robins states that ?palliation of guilt according to light is not possible under a system of pure law. It is possible only because the probation of the sinner is a probation of grace.?
Here the guilt is measured by the energy of the evil will, Sin may be known to be sin, yet may be committed in haste or weakness. Though haste and weakness constitute a palliation of the offence which springs therefrom, yet they are themselves sins, as revealing an unbelieving and disordered heart. But of far greater guilt are those presumptuous choices of evil in which not weakness, but strength of will, is manifest.
<191912> Psalm 19:12, 13 ? ?Clear thou me from hidden faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins?; <230518>Isaiah 5:18 ? ?Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of falsehood, and sin as it were with a cart- rope? = not led away insensibly by sin, but earnestly, perseveringly, and willfully working away at it; <480601>Galatians 6:1 ? ?overtaken in any trespass?; <540524>1 Timothy 5:24 ? ?Some men?s sins are evident, going before unto judgment; and some men also they follow after? = some men?s sins are so open, that they act as officers to bring to justice those who commit them whilst others require after-proof (An. Par. Bible). Luther represents one of the former classes as saying to himself: ?Esto peccator,
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