et pecca fortiter.? On sins of passion and of reflection, see Bittinger, in Princeton Rev., 1873:219.
<330703> Micah 7:3, margin ? ?Both hands are put forth for evil, to do it diligently.? So we ought to do good. ?My art is my life,? said Grisi, the prima donna of the opera, ?I save myself all day for that one bound upon the stage.? H. Bonar: ?Sin worketh, Let me work too. Busy as sin, my work I ply. Till I rest in the rest of eternity.? German criminal law distinguishes between intentional homicide without deliberation and intentional homicide with deliberation. There are three grades of sin: 1. The sins of ignorance, like Paul?s persecuting, 2. the sins of infirmity, like Peter?s denial and 3. The sins of presumption, like David?s murder of Uriah. Sins of presumption were unpardonable under the Jewish law; they are not unpardonable under Christ.
D. Sin of incomplete and sin of final, obduracy.
Here the guilt is measured, not by the objective sufficiency or insufficiency of divine grace but by the degree of non-receptiveness into which sin has brought the soul. As the only sin unto death, which is described in Scripture, is the sin against the Holy Spirit, we here consider the nature of that sin.
<401231> Matthew 12:31 ? ?Every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men; but the blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven?; 32 ? ?And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but whosoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in that which is to come?
<410329> Mark 3:29 ? ?whosoever shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit hath never forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin?; <620516>1 John 5:16, 17 ? ?If any man see his brother sinning a sin not unto death, he shall ask, and God will give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: not concerning this do I say that he should make request. All unrighteousness is sin and there is a sin not unto death?; <581026>Hebrews 10:26 ? ?if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment and a fierceness of fire which shall devour the adversaries.?
Ritschl holds all sin that comes short of definitive rejection of Christ to be ignorance rather than sin and to be the object of no condemning sentence. This is to make the sin against the Holy Spirit the only real sin; Conscience and Scripture alike contradict this view. There is much
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