Was that then which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. Rom. 7:13

We find our apostle in the 9th verse to have been alive, but struck upon the sudden dead, by an apparition presented to him in the glass of the law, of ‘the sinfulness of sin.’ ‘Sin revived,’ says the 9th verse, ‘appeared to be sin,’ says the 13th verse, looks but like itself, ‘above measure sinful;’ and he falls down dead at the very sight of it; ‘I died,’ says he in the 9th; ‘it wrought death in me,’ says the 13th, that is, an apprehension of death and hell, as due to that estate I was then in. But yet as the life of sin was the death of Paul, so this death of his was but a preparation to a new life, ‘I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live to God,’ Gal. ii. 19. And here he likewise speaks of God’s work upon him at his first conversion; for then it was that he relates how sin became in his esteem, so ‘above measure sinful.’

The subject then to be insisted on is the Sinfulness of Sin, a subject therefore as necessary as any other, because if ever we be saved, sin must first appear to us all, as it did here to him, ‘above measure sinful.’

One would be hard pressed to find many among the modern church that speak of sin to their members or especially in their 'evangelism' efforts. The few that do speak of sin do so in a very superficial way, e.g., "We are not as good as we should be...", and then quote Romans 3:23. But, in contrast, Scripture speaks much differently about sin. It doesn't attempt to sugar coat it or avoid making known it's consequences nor revealing God's holy wrath against it but particularly the sinners from which sin originates. Thus, it seemed only prudent that this article be made available as an antidote to the superficiality of the present-day church in regard to the subject of sin.

The author, Thomas Goodwin, is hopefully one of those Puritan writers who most are familiar with. He was a member of the Westminster Assembly and a contemporary of John Owen. His works are still available from Reformation Heritage Books and other book sellers.

May the Lord use this bit of 400+ year old literature to move the hearts of His people and open their minds to the truth which is found in Christ Jesus and His inspired, infallible Word.

You can access this article here: Aggravation of Sin.

In His service and grace,

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