Sin is so bad that it convinces men that the finite is eternal and the eternal is nonexistent. It convinces men that moral procrastination is plausible. That tomorrow will always come, therefore man should live in a way which pleases his selfish appetite the most.
But what is the ultimate display of the wretchedness of sin?
Sin is so wicked that the only way it can be paid for is through the death of God’s own Son. While the cross is certainly a great demonstration of the love of God, it is also a demonstration of the horror of sin. Apart from salvation through the cross, the punishment which man deserves is an eternity in hell.
Jonathan Edwards, a Puritan preacher living in New England in the early 18th century, does a tremendous job expounding on the truths of the sheer terror of hell. This is a quote from his sermon entitled, The Future Punishment Of The Wicked Unavoidable and Intolerable:
...imagine yourself to be cast into a fiery oven, or of a great furnace, where your pain would be as much greater than that occasioned by accidentally touching a coal of fire, as the heat is greater. Imagine also that your body were to lie there for a quarter of an hour, all the while full of quick sense; what horror would you feel at the entrance of such a furnace! And how long would that quarter of an hour seem to you! And after you had endured it for one minute, how overbearing would it be to you to think that you had it to endure the other fourteen!
But what would be the effect on your soul, if you knew you must lie there enduring that torment to the full for twenty-four hours! And how much greater would be the effect, if you knew you must endure it for a whole year; and how vastly greater still, if you knew you must endure it for a thousand years! O then, how would your heart sink, if you thought, if you knew, that you must bear it forever and ever! That there would be no end! That after millions of millions of ages, your torment would be no nearer to an end, than ever it was; and that you never, never should be delivered!
But your torment in hell will be immensely greater than this illustration represents. How then will the heart of a poor creature sink under it! How utterly inexpressible and inconceivable must the sinking of the soul be in such a case!How bad is sin? Sin is so bad that one sin committed against an infinitely worthy God is deserving of an infinite punishment. Praise be to God that Christ bore the infinite punishment which every believer justly deserves!
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