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Our Secret Sins

The most hidden works of darkness shall be openly manifested. Though the actings of sin be in the dark, yet the judgings of sin shall be in the light (Luke 8:17). “For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:14). Notice that he does not say some work, but every work; and not only works, but secrets; and not only secrets, but every secret; whether good works or ill works, whether secret or open, all must be brought to judgment. The books of God’s omniscience, and man’s conscience, shall then be opened … All men’s secret sins are printed in heaven, and God will at last read them aloud in the ears of all the world. “Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart” (1 Corinthians 4:5).

Look, as there are a world of flies and particles in the air, which we never see till the sun shines. So there are many thousands of proud thoughts, and unclean thoughts, and worldly thoughts, and malicious thoughts, and envious thoughts, and bloody thoughts, and many such thoughts which the world sees not and knows not. But in that great day, when the counsels of all hearts shall be manifest, then all shall come out, then all shall appear, for all to see. In that great day all masks, veils, and hoods shall be pulled off, and then all shall come out; all that you have ever done in the secret chamber, in the dark corner, shall be made known to men and angels, yea, to the whole court of heaven, and to all the world beside. “On that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus” (Romans 2:16). On that great day, God will judge not only our words but our works, not only our open works, but also our secret works and ways. … Though sinners may hide and keep close their horrid abominations for a time, yet there will come a time when all shall come out, when all their secret sins shall be obvious to all the world.

Thomas Brooks (adapted from Works, 2:286-287)
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The Greatest Evil

Sin is the greatest evil in all the world; it is the only thing God abhors, and that brought Jesus Christ to the cross, that damns souls, that shuts heaven, and that has laid the foundations of hell!

Thomas Brooks
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Sorrow and Sin

We live in a world where sorrow abounds. This has always been its state since sin came in. There cannot be sin without sorrow. And until sin is driven out from the world, it is vain for anyone to suppose he can escape sorrow.

J. C. Ryle
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Sweet Exchange!

“He himself experienced our sin, he himself gave his own son, a ransom on our behalf, the Holy for the lawless, the innocent for the guilty, the righteous for the unrighteous, the incorruptible for the corruptible, the immortal for the mortal. For what else than that one’s righteousness could cover up our sin? In who else than in the Son of God alone could our lawlessness and ungodliness possibly be justified? Oh, the sweet exchange! … Oh, the unexpected benefits that the lawlessness of many should be concealed in the one righteous, and righteousness of the one should justify many lawless.”

“Epistle to Diognetus,” in The Apostolic Fathers in English, trans. Rick Brannan, 9.2–5. A letter from the late second or possibly early third century.
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“There is no death of sin without the death of Christ.”

John Owen

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