Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Baxter: the murderer of the world

Tuesday, June 14, 2022
    Commemoration of Richard Baxter, Priest, Hymnographer, Teacher, 1691
    As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
    —Ephesians 2:1-2 (NIV)
    Use sin... as it will use you. Spare it not, for it will not spare you. It is your murderer, and the murderer of the world. Use it therefore as a murderer should be used. Kill it before it kills you; and then, though it kill your bodies, it shall not be able to kill your souls; and though it bring you to the grave, as it did your Head, it shall not be able to keep you there.
    ... Richard Baxter (1615-1691), “A Treatise of Death”, in The Practical Works of Richard Baxter, v. IV, G. Virtue, 1838, p. 831 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 2:1-2,5; Rom. 6:21,23; 7:5; 1 Cor. 15:26; Col. 2:13; 1 Thess. 4:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, the world groans under the weight of sin.
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