By Richard Sibbes
One may ask:
“But what is the reason that many who are justified yet do not find daily comfort?”
Perhaps they smear up themselves, and do not search the bottom of their corruption: as Psalm 32:8, David, when he kept close his sin, his bones waxed old through his roaring all the day long, and God’s hand was heavy upon him day and night. Then he shows how he found comfort: “I acknowledged my sin to you, and my iniquity I have not hid. I said I will confess my transgressions to you; and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.” So it may be in this case. We come not off with God freely, we do not ransack our sins, we do not search all the corners. Sin is a marvelously subtle thing. Again, because of this many times God will humble us for a former sin, and keep the oil of comfort, until we are more humbled, and stand in awe of sin.
Hence springs a vigorous life. A life of cheerfulness, when a man has his pardon found out, then comes life and joy, strength of holy actions well rooted and grounded. Who should joy, if a triumphant righteous person should not? Who have cause to rejoice more than kings?
By justification we are made kings and priests, are lifted above all sins and lusts, world and devil; have a right and title to heaven. Shall a carnal man joy in his titles and privileges, and shall not we much more, being sons of God by adoption, and heirs of all things? So Romans 5:1—”Being justified by faith , we have peace with God, and joy in tribulation.” Being once justified, the sting of all troubles is taken away. God is ours. This is all in all. The blood of Abel, that cries for vengeance; but the Spirit of God in this state tells me, that the blood of Christ speaks better things, mercy, mercy; in his blood is always comfort, though we be weak and unskillful to apply it. The washing in this blood should make a Christian walk on cheerfully in the comforts of the Holy Spirit.
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