18 June, 2006

Lord's Day a'Brakel: Self-denial

[O]ne must deny his sinful self, that is, the old Adam, in a general sense, with all his motions and desires--whatever the nature and contrary to whatever commandment these motions may be, and whatever the faculty of the soul and of the body may be by which such motions are executed.
Specifically, one must, first of all, deny his natural and darkened intellect; that is, to refuse to make this a rule of doctrine and life.
Secondly, we must deny our own will.
Thirdly, we must deny our inclinations.
Fourthly, we must deny our own honor. There is no sin more common to man and is more deeply rooted in the heart than a desire to be honored.
Fifthly, we must deny our desire for possessions. Man's corrupt nature focuses on the physical. He desires to posses much, puts his trust in it, and determines to live from it.
Sixthly, we must deny our friends.
Seventhly, we must deny our life (III: 400-402).


Mark said...

Does a'Brakel expound on number six any? I'm guessing he's talking about unconverted friends. Self-denial plays a huge role in Christian friendships, of course, but I'm just curious what he's getting at here.

Oh, and once again - great job with the sermon this morning. Seriously, it was very well-done and highly practical.

Penumbra said...

Talk about living in denial. ;-)

ladylipsy said...

Wow, the specificity makes it very real and covers a lot more than I typically think of in regards to self-denial!