2.9 Understand the Condemning Nature of your Sin

Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry

Understand the Condemning Nature of your Sin


We must judge and condemn ourselves for our sins, and own ourselves liable to punishment.

And now, O our God, what shall we say after this, for we have forsaken your commandments? Ezra 9:10(ESV) We have sinned; what have we done to you, you watcher of mankind? Job 7:20(ESV)

We know that the law curses everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law and do them; Galatians 3:10(ESV) that the wages of every sin is death; Romans 6:23(ESV) and that for these things’ sake the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Ephesians 5:6(ESV)

And we are accountable to God; Romans 3:19(ESV) the Scripture has imprisoned us under sin; Galatians 3:22(ESV) and therefore you might justly be angry with us until you consumed us, so that there should be no remnant, nor any to escape. Ezra 9:14(ESV)

If you should make justice the line, and righteousness the plumb line, Isaiah 28:17(ESV) you might justly separate us to all evil, according to all the curses of the covenant, and blot out our names from under heaven. Deuteronomy 29:20(ESV)

You might justly swear in your wrath that we should never enter your rest; Psalm 95:11(ESV) might justly strip us naked and bare, Hosea 2:3(ESV) and take back our grain in its time, Hosea 2:9(ESV) and put into our hands the cup of staggering, and make us drink even to the dregs of that cup. Isaiah 51:17(ESV)

You have been righteous in all that has come upon us, for you have dealt faithfully and we have acted wickedly. Nehemiah 9:33(ESV) Indeed, our God has punished us less than our iniquities deserved. Ezra 9:13(ESV)

You therefore shall be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment; Psalm 51:4(ESV) and we will accept of the punishment of our iniquity, Leviticus 26:43(ESV) and humble ourselves under your mighty hand, 1 Peter 5:6(ESV) and say, “The LORD is righteous.” 2 Chronicles 12:6(ESV)

Why should a living man complain, a man, about the punishment of his sins? Lamentations 3:39(ESV) No, we will bear the indignation of the LORD, because we have sinned against him. Micah 7:9(ESV)