temptation and sin


J.C. Philpot

“There hath no TEMPTATION taken you but such as is common to man.” [1Cor. 10:13]

There is NOT A SINGLE SIN EVER PERPETRATED BY MAN which does not lie deeply hidden in the recesses of OUR fallen nature! But these sins do not stir into activity until temptation draws them forth.

Temptation is to the corruptions of the heart, what fire is to stubble. Sin lies quiet in our carnal mind until temptation comes to set it on fire.

Temptation is to our corrupt nature, what the spark is to gunpowder. Have you not found this sad truth: how easily by temptation are the corruptions of our wretched heart set on fire, and burst into every kind of daring and dreadful iniquity?

In temptation, we learn what sin is . . .
its dreadful nature,
its aggravated character,
its fearful workings,
its mad, its desperate upheavings against God,
and what we are or would be, were we left wholly in its hands!

“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation.” [Matt 26:41]

“Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe!” [Psalm 119:117]


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