the murderer of the world

Richard_Baxter_by_Robert_White“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. You love not death; love not the cause of death.”

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5 thoughts on “the murderer of the world

  1. Richard Baxter, now there was an “eclectic” Calvinist! Sadly however “we” cannot kill sin, but only ‘In Christ’! As Alexander Whyte said, “you will never get me out of Romans 7”! But yes, Sanctification always… Christ Himself, the Sanctifier!

    • To ‘kill sin’ is not to get rid of sin altogether because, as you commented brother, only Christ Himself can sanctify us. I believe Baxter, Owen, Pink, etc. are reminding us to fight sin and temptation by turning to Christ alone for our holiness. We are in Romans 7 and ‘the law of sin’ (.21) remains but we are not to give in. (Romans 6.12) “How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6.2) If we are dead to sin we can no longer remain in sin. KILL IT!

      • Yes, indeed Calvin taught well both justification & sanctification in the life of the believer. But we can never “kill” ourselves, I am always the sinner! Btw, see EW Bullinger’s nice booklet: The Two Natures in the Child of God, one of the very best on this subject!

      • Brother Robert, I read Bullinger’s work along time ago but I will re-fresh my memory, is this the work you recommend?

        http://www.truthsearch.org/twonatures.html

        From a quick look I believe Bullinger pits flesh against spirit, that old Gnostic teaching that creeps back into the church from time to time and recently with Dispensationalism, please set my fears aside.

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