By our fall in Adam, we lost not only the favor of God but also the purity of our natures, and therefore we need to be both reconciled to God and sanctified in our inner man. There is now a spiritual leprosy spread over all our nature, which makes us loathsome to God and puts us into a state of separation from Him. No matter what pains the sinner takes to be rid of his horrible disease, he does but hide and not cleanse it. Adam concealed neither his nakedness nor the shame of it by his fig-leaf contrivance (Gen 3:1-8); so those who have no covering for their natural filthiness other than the externals of religion rather proclaim than hide it! Make no mistake on this score: neither the outward profession of Christianity nor the doing of a few good works will give us access to the thrice-Holy One. Unless we are washed by the Holy Spirit and in the blood of Christ from our native pollutions, we cannot enter the kingdom of Glory. ~ Arthur Pink.