And thus all the sin of this world, from its origin in the world to the end of it in the world, was laid upon Him: both sin as it is in itself and sin as it is when committed by us; sin in its tendency, and sin in the act; sin as it is hereditary in us, uncommitted by us, and sin as it is committed by us.
Your experience is that of many thousands of sincere Christians; but it is not real Christian experience, because it is not the experience of Christ.
“In Him is no sin;” but He was made to be sin for us, in that He bore our sins. 2 Corinthians 5.21. The flesh that He took was our flesh; the sins that He overcame were our sins; and He did really overcome them.
"You wouldn't have people stop making resolutions, would you?" some one asks. Certainly. The Lord does not ask us to make them. He has provided a better way." ~Ellet J. Waggoner
The inspired advice of the apostle Paul should be heeded by all: "But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them." 2 Timothy 3.14. Stick to the truth; with error we need have nothing to do.
If the sensitive individual did not think so much of self, he would care very much less of what folks said. He certainly would have no time for sensitiveness. If he would give himself to his own faithful legitimate work, he would find in it no time to ponder on the misdeeds of others toward him.
This sort of thing is very common in the world, among professors of Christianity. One believes a text because it looks reasonable, and he can understand it, but that others cannot see. And yet he thinks he is not an infidel. “See what a large portion I do believe:” and yet he cannot go beyond the range of his reason. That is to say that there is no God in the universe who can speak words beyond the range of his reason. His reason is held to be equal to God’s, and even above it, because he sits in judgment on what God says. This is putting self above God.
Ellet J. Waggoner
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.” John 1.14
Imagination is not a gift of God. It is the perversion of God’s gift. It is the result of refusing to let God Himself direct the faculties, which He has given us, and trying to direct them ourselves. One has no right to imagine anything. Imagination is but an ignis fatuus** that leads men into a fog. The first chapter of Romans tells what it does for men.
Christianity in the present tense takes a person just where it finds him; and therefore none need wait or be discouraged. The Lord purposes to save men, —all men in the world who will let Him do it—and He cannot do this except by taking them just where there are, and just where they are at each succeeding moment of their lives.
Ellet J. Waggoner
It is not enough to confess that Jesus Christ did come in the flesh; that will bring no salvation to anybody. We must confess from positive knowledge that Jesus is just now come in the flesh, and then we are of God. Christ came in the flesh eighteen hundred years ago, just for the purpose of demonstrating the possibility.
Ellet J. Waggoner
A little thought will be sufficient to show anybody that if Christ took upon himself the likeness of man, in order that he might suffer death, it must have been sinful man that he was made like, for it is only sin that causes death.