Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hodge: original sin

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
    I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.
    —Romans 7:18-21 (NIV)
    We are a fallen race. Our nature has become corrupted by our apostasy from God, and therefore every imagination (i. e., every exercise) of the thoughts of man’s heart is only evil continually... This is the Scriptural and the only rational solution of the undeniable fact of the deep, universal, and early manifested sinfulness of men in all ages, of every class, and in every part of the world.
    ... Charles Hodge (1797-1878), Systematic Theology, Londom, Edinurgh: Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1872, p. 238 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your church begs You to use Your church for righteousness, for all we produce is sin.
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