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Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Sin: Aroused by the Law
A contended citizen of Milan, who had never passed beyond its walls during the course of sixty years, being ordered by the governor not to stir beyond its gates, became immediately miserable, and felt so powerful an inclination to do that which he had so. long contentedly neglected, that on his application for a release from this restraint being refused, he became quite melancholy, and at last died of grief. How well this illustrates the apostle's confession that he shad not known lust, unless the law had said unto him, 'Thou shalt not covet!' 'Sin,' saith he, 'taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence.' Evil often sleeps in the soul, until the holy command of God is discovered, and then the enmity of the carnal mind rouses itself to oppose in every way the will of God. 'Without the law,' says Paul, 'sin was dead.' How vain to hope for salvation from the law, when through the perversity of sin, it provokes our evil hearts to rebellion, and works in us neither repentance nor love.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Sin: Aroused by the Law'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/s/sin-aroused-by-the-law.html. 1870.
the Week of Proper 21 / Ordinary 26