such a depth. And yet it seems to me that my conviction of sin is exceeding small and faint; it is enough to amaze me that I have no more sense of my sin. I know certainly that I have very little sense of my sinfulness. When I have had turns of weeping for my sins, I thought I knew at the time that my repentance was nothing to my sin. It is affecting to think how ignorant I was, when a young Christian, of the bottomless, infinite depths of wickedness, pride, hypocrisy and deceit left in my heart.? Jonathan Edwards was not an ungodly man, but the holiest man of his time. He was not an enthusiast but a man of acute and philosophic mind. He was not a man who indulged in exaggerated or random statements for with his power of introspection and analysis he combined a faculty and habit of exact expression unsurpassed among the sons of men. If the maxim ?cuique in arte sua credendum est? is of any value, Edwards?s statements in a matter of religious experience are to be taken as correct interpretations of the facts. H. B. Smith (System. Theol. 275) quotes Thomasius as saying: ?It is a striking fact in Scripture that statements of the depth and power of sin are chiefly from the regenerate.? Another has said that, ?a serpent is never seen at its whole length until it is dead.? Thomas ■ Kempis (ed. Gould and Lincoln, 142) ? ?Do not think that thou hast made any progress toward perfection, till thou feelest that thou art less than the least of all human beings.? Young?s Night Thoughts: ?Heaven?s Sovereign saves all beings but himself That hideous sight ? a naked human heart.
Law?s Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life: ?You may justly condemn yourself for being the greatest sinner that you know, 1. Because you know more of the folly of your own heart than of other people?s, and can charge yourself with various sins which you know only of yourself and cannot be sure that others are guilty of them. 2. The greatness of our guilt arises from the greatness of God?s goodness to us. You know more of these aggravations of your sins than you do of the sins of other people. Hence the greatest saints have in all ages condemned themselves as the greatest sinners.? 3. We may add that since each man is a peculiar being, each man is guilty of peculiar sins and, in certain particulars and aspects, may constitute an example of the enormity and hatefulness of sin such as neither earth nor hell can elsewhere show.
Of Cromwell, as a representative of the Puritans, Green says (Short History of the English People, 454): ?The vivid sense of the divine Purity close to such men, made the life of common men seem sin.? Dr. Arnold of Rugby (Life and Corresp., App. D.): ?In a deep sense of moral evil, more perhaps than anything else, abides a saving knowledge of God.? Augustine, on his deathbed, had the 32d Psalm written over against him
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