Thursday, January 22, 2009
Many a groan is heard from a sick bed
In his classic work, Human Nature In Its Fourfold State, Thomas Boston describes the Christian's struggle with sin:
Many a groan is heard from a sick bed, but never from a grave. In the saint, as in the sick man, there is a mighty struggle; life and death striving for the mastery: but in the natural man, as in the dead corpse, there is no noise, because death bears full away.
Our struggle with sin, in fact, gives us assurance that we are indeed saved. We are like sick men, getting better, and not dead men.