This isa continuation of Ralph Venning’s Orthodox Paradoxes, 1650. The previous section of this book may be found here.
A Believer Clearing Truth by Experience, through seeming contradictions
He cries out, What must I do to be saved? And yet he never expects to be saved by doing.
He knows that he is so much indebted to God as any man, and yet he believes that God will never charge the debt upon him as he will upon other men. Rom. 8:3.
He admires God that he shows him mercy [he looks in wonder that God shows him mercy],and yet he believes that God could not be just if God should not do it. Rom. 3:26
He enjoys what he longs for, and yet his soul keeps longing.
He is every day pursing out the old leaven; and yet he believes he is unleavened. 1 Cor. 5:7
He is every day endeavoring in the strength of Christ to root sin out of him, and yet he is contented it will be within while God will suffer it to be there. (Not with the sin, but with the will of God which permits it to remain for a time. Rom. 7:24-25.)
He fears to cots sin more than any man, and when tis committed there is no man fears it less.
He grieves that ever he sins at all, and yet he blesses God that he was once a sinner.
It sads his soul that he has dishonored God by sinning, yet it glads his heart that God is glorified by his sin.
He looks on himself as the chief of sinners; and yet he believes that God accepts him as if he had not sin at all. 1 Tim. 1:13-15.
He is often led captive by sin, and yet he is always triumphing over it. Rom. 7:15, 8:1-3.
He confesses that he sins daily, and yet he says that it is not to be Rom. 7:17
He confesses himself to be a scarlet-sinner, and yet he looks upon himself as a milk white saint. Jeremiah 21:34.
He believes that God has forgotten his, and yet he believes that God sees sin in him.
He knows that he is born of God, and yet he finds by experience that he sins.
He is ashamed that he is a sinner, and yet he is not ashamed to confess himself a sinner.