From The Christian’s Daily Walk. Headings are not the author’s.
Sins which show hatred to the Gospel
- Presumption and turning the grace of God into lasciviousness (Jude 1:4).
- Continuing in sin that grace may abound (Rom 6:1, 2).
- Making light of Christ, not esteeming Him as the pearl of great price, and not being willing to part with all to obtain it (Matt 13:45, 46).
- Slighting the benefits of redemption (Luke 14:16-20), such as:
- peace with God through the blood of Christ;
- the gift of the Holy Spirit, as Sanctifier;
- meetness [suitability] for, and a title to the kingdom of heaven; and
- communion with God in the way to it.
- Undervaluing the means of salvation, including:
- the holy Scriptures;
- secret prayer;
- public worship;
- the sacraments, etc.; and
- not being spiritually minded, even when attendant upon them (John 4:23 & Heb 10:25).
Results of despising the Gospel
- Great coldness and indifference about the honour of the sacred name into which that man was baptized; and coldness towards all the peculiar doctrines of the gospel (Phil 3:3).
- Making no joyful progress in the works of faith and labours of love, to the full assurance of hope, even where faith is unfeigned [sincere] (Phil 3:12-15).
- Inconstancy and fickleness in the service of God, with the natural consequences thereof, including:
- Despondency [i.e., hopelessness],
- Diffidence [i.e., doubt], and
- The spirit of bondage again to fear (Gal 5:7 & Rom 8:15).
- Slavish fear and cowardice (2 Tim 1:7).
- Declensions in the love of Christ and the fruits of holiness.
- Growing in:
- conformity to the world,
- gaiety [frivolity], and
- pastimes, etc.,
all which result in increased inattention to the soul’s immortality, the approach of death and eternity, the coming of the Lord, the resurrection and judgment-day, and heaven’s joys or hell’s horrors (Rom 2:1-10 & 2 Pet 3:14).
Upon the whole, consider: How shall man be just with (or justify himself before) God? If he contends with Him, he cannot answer Him “one of a thousand” (Job 9:2,3). Thus, every mouth must be stopped, since the whole world is guilty before God. All are under condemnation unless they are justified freely by His grace, through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ; who God sets forth (in a most illustrious manner) to be a propitiation through faith in His blood (Rom 3:19-27).
Beware, therefore, lest that come upon you which is spoken of in the prophets: “Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish.” (Acts 13:40, 41). Examine yourself, whether you are in the faith; prove yourself, and be certain that Jesus Christ is in you. Otherwise you may be a reprobate (2 Cor 13:5).