Sin is the disobedience of God’s law. Sin does not only mean to wallow in the mire that only Christ’s blood can wash off. Sin means more than wallowing in the mire; it means swallowing it, absorbing the filth into your system, your graveyard; a system with one vital flaw: no channel for eliminating the rotting flesh and dead men’s bones.
9 What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; 11 no one understands; no one seeks for God. 12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” 13 “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” 14 “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 in their paths are ruin and misery, 17 and the way of peace they have not known.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
The letter to the Hebrews (Chapter 10) explains the new covenant (Jeremiah 31:33) in Christ’s blood. 15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, 16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,” 17 then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” 18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.
How does God “put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds?” It is a great deception to think that you can call upon Christ any time you desire to write his law on your heart. Why is this so? “There are those, writes Walter Marshall (1628 – 1680), that, out of zeal for obedience, but not according to knowledge contend so earnestly for free will, as a necessary and sufficient endowment to enable us to perform our duty, when once we are convinced of it, and of our obligation to it; and who extol this endowment, as the great benefit that universal redemption hath blessed all mankind with; though they consider this free will without any actual inclination to good; yea, they cannot but acknowledge that, in most of mankind that have it, it is incumbered with an actual bent and propensity of the heart altogether to evil. Such a free will as this is, can never free us from slavery to sin and Satan, and fit us for the practice of the law and therefore is not worthy the pains of those that contend so hotly for it. Neither is the will so free as is necessary for the practice of holiness, until it be endued with an inclination and propensity thereunto.” In the rest of his book, Marshall explains why we are not free to choose good unless God gives us this affectation, this “inclination and propensity thereunto. (Free ebook, 111 pages).