See the evil effects of sin!
~ Thomas Watson
We’re back again with our pastor, Puritan divine, and theologian. This blog, we will look at some of Watson’s thoughts on the effects of sin. The Bible says that sin has pleasure for a season (Hebrews 11:25). The pleasure of temptation from Satan and our own flesh is enticing. The problem is the sting of sin lingers long after the pleasure of its fleeting gain. Watson is very clear in his expose on sin, and how it affects the whole man.
Sin has degraded us of our honor. God made us in His own image — but sin has debased us. Sin has plucked off our coat of innocence, and now it has debased us, and turned our glory into shame.
So we see the sense of how we have, through our fallen nature in Adam, been debased through the sin of Adam (1 Cor. 15:22). To lose ones innocents is a moral bankruptcy. We stand before God, in our own worthiness, as a worm, full of malice and discord. To lose the sense of honor and image in Christ, as man did in the fall, places mankind in a place of desperation and despair.
Sin disquiets the peace of the soul. “But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud.” “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.” Isaiah 57:20-21. Whatever defiles, disturbs. As poison corrupts the blood — so sin corrupts the soul. Sin breeds a trembling at the heart; it creates fears, and there is “torment in fear.” Sin makes sad convulsions in the conscience. Judas was so terrified with guilt and horror, that he hanged himself to quiet his conscience. In order to ease his conscience — he threw himself into Hell.
There is no peace in sin. The Bible says in 1 Peter 3:11 that we must “turn from evil and do good, and seek peace and pursue it.” Actively. Sin will corrupt our conscience.
Sin produces all temporal evil. It is the Trojan Horse, which has sword, and famine and pestilence, in its belly. Sin is a coal, which not only blackens — but burns! Sin creates all our troubles; it puts gravel into our bread, and wormwood in our cup. Sin rots the name, consumes the estate, and buries loved ones.
Watson is a master at using temporal images and concepts to explain Biblical points. What person bakes or eats bread with gravel in it!? Sin takes the sweetness of Christ, our food for our souls, and turns it in to an abomination.
Sin unrepented of, brings final damnation. The canker which breeds in the rose is the cause of its perishing; just so — the corruptions which breed in men’s souls are the cause of their damning. Sin’s pleasure will turn to sorrow at last; like the book the prophet ate — sin is sweet in the mouth, but bitter in the belly. Sin brings the wrath of God — and what tears can quench that fire
The finality of sin is death. Whether physical death, or spiritual, it extends to the very core of our being. It is a wicked taskmaster. Unless we mortify our sins, they will continue to breed what the Apostle James says so clearly:
Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
We must run to and cling to Christ for our justification. He is the only source of freedom from the bondage of its sting and rule. Lean on the Word of God. Prayer. The sacraments. Church discipline. Communion with God. Confess your sins to Him. He is ever ready to cleanse His children of their filth and guard their union with Him through repentance. Always be conscious of the power of sin, but knowing that the gospel is vastly strong to break its grip.