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North Side Notes

Lingering and Consequential (WCF 6.5-6)

Posted by Kyle Edwards on

This is part of an ongoing series in the Westminster Confession of Faith, HTC's confessional statement of faith. 

In our last post we introduced the Confession's teaching on sin. Two more points remain. 

First, sin lingers. Paragraph 5:

This corruption of nature, during this life, doth remain in those that are regenerated; and although it be, through Christ, pardoned, and mortified; yet both itself, and all the motions thereof, are truly and properly sin.

In other words, after you become a Christian - after you are "regenerated" or born again by God's grace - your sin doesn't go anywhere. It's forgiven by the blood of Jesus. By his resurrection, and by the power of the Spirit, sin can be increasingly put to death ("mortified"), and its hold on you loosened. 

Yet it remains. You still sin. And such will be the case until the Lord returns or calls you home.

Second, sin is consequential. Paragraph 6:

Every sin, both original and actual, being a transgression of the righteous law of God, and contrary thereunto, doth, in its own nature, bring guilt upon the sinner, whereby he is bound over to the wrath of God, and curse of the law, and so made subject to death, with all miseries spiritual, temporal, and eternal.

Every sin you commit in your life comes with a price. It's subject to God's holy anger. Since by definition sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4), it's subject to the manifold curse of the law. 

Because of our sin, and because of its consequences, we need rescue. The next chapter of the Confession introduces how God set out to rescue us. 

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