They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.
I. GOD'S CHILDREN HAVE THEIR SPOTS IN THIS LIFE. How many spots does the holy eye of God observe upon us every day!
II. THERE IS AN ESSENTIAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SPOTS OF GOD'S CHILDREN AND THE SPOTS OF THE UNREGENERATE. Certainly ill the sight of God there is no difference in sin. Its nature is the same. And sin upon one of God's children, abstractedly considered, is hateful.
1. Unregenerate men sin deliberately and habitually. When did you find a good man that was an habitual sinner?
2. Unregenerate men sin freely: there is no principle in their heart which stands opposed to sin.
3. In unregenerate minds there is always a love to some particular sin; but in the regenerate there is no one sin but he desires the death of it.
4. How different are the feelings of the regenerate and unregenerate, after having committed the same sin, both alike in the sight of men! An unregenerate man may weep bitterly: what is the cause? Shame! Men know it; he is afraid of punishment. But what produces the grief which a believer feels? Because he has given blasphemy among men; because he has offended his God, and has built up a wall between God and his soul. If a child of God has fallen, it will render him watchful and prayerful: if a wicked ,man gain peace, he will go his way, and sin on.
Parallel VersesKJV: They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.