sinning. Physical depravity precedes moral depravity, butno man has the right to say that he committed adulterybecause his body forced him! So it would be proper forJob to assert in Job 14:4 that a
depravedhuman will only beget another physically depravedhuman."
, An Expositionof the Doctrine of Christian Perfection by Tom Stewart,
--http://WhatSaithTheScripture.com/Fellowship/Exposition.Perf.III.html#sinful and holy --
Mr. Murray, because of his doctrine concerning "original sin" or "sinnature," attributes all sickness to sin, either personally committed orresulting from "the preponderance of sin which weighs upon theentire human race." We agree that all sickness results from sin-- butonly indirectly-- when referring to honest-hearted Christians.
all of the sickness endured in this world is because of sin. But thepresence of sin need not be a factor at all, were an honest Christian tobear an infirmity. Mr. Murray agrees in Spirit, stating: God "teachesus not to accuse every sick person of sin." When dealing with anhonest Christian (or, one who has "an honest and good heart, havingheard the Word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience"
), physical infirmity can have a sanctifying effect-- diverting theChristian
sinning-- even as it happened for the Apostle Paul. "
lest I should be
exalted above measure [Paul hadn't sinned--'lest I should be'] through the abundance of the revelations, there wasgiven to me
a thorn in the flesh
, the messenger of Satan to buffetme,
lest I should be
exalted above measure.
For this thing
Ibesought the LORD thrice
, that it might
depart from me
And Hesaid unto me, My grace is
for thee: for My strength is
made perfect in weakness
. Most gladly therefore will I rather gloryin my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
take pleasure in infirmities
, in reproaches, innecessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when Iam weak, then am I strong"
(2 Corinthians 12:7-10)
. Of course, thisexample does not deny the Scriptural fact that "the LORD [is] for thebody,"
(1 Corinthians 6:13)
. It was "for the body" that the "thorn in theflesh" was allowed, God thus providing a sanctifying warning forPaul to refrain from the sin of pride. While infirmities give us theopportunity to be refined, we are to "be careful (or, anxious) fornothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication withthanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God"
. "Jesus Himself who is always the first, the best, the greatestPhysician," as Mr. Murray so excellently affirmed, is "the LORD that
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Together with Paul, we "will not glory, but
. And that said, we hope you will be enriched and