Sunday, February 21, 2016
Sin Offers What It Can Never Give
Sin offers what it can never give, that is, satisfaction. Sin never satisfies; it never has done, it never will do; it cannot because it is wrong, it is foul. It never satisfies, although it is always offering satisfaction. Indeed, sin working through lusts never really gives anything at all, but simply takes away. . . . Sin robs us, takes from us, exhausts us mentally, physically, morally, in every respect, and at the end leaves us on the scrap heap, unwanted! It is entirely destructive. It takes away and robs us of character, chastity, purity, honesty, morality, uprightness, delicacy, balance, sensitivity, and everything that is most noble in man. Is it surprising that the Apostle says, “Put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts”? Avoid sin, I say, as the very plague, get as far away from it as you can, do all you can to destroy it and to mortify it. The New Testament is full of this teaching. Sin is so horrible, so foul, so deceitful!
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Darkness and Light: An Exposition of Ephesians 4:17-5:17,” pg. 139