Not unto sin, but from sin

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Hugh Binning, Works, p. 412:

The gospel then comes with a joyful sound unto you, but many of you mistake it, and apprehend it to be a doctrine of liberty and peace, and that unto sin; but if it were so, it were no joyful sound. If there were proclaimed a liberty to all men to do as they list [wish], no punishment, no wrath to be feared, I would think that doctrine no glad news; it were but the perpetuating of the bondage of a reasonable soul. But this is glad news, – a delivery and freedom proclaimed in the gospel. From what? Not unto sin, but from sin; and this is to be free indeed. We owe more to Jesus Christ for this, than for redemption from wrath, because sin is a greater evil than wrath; yea, wrath were not so, if sin were not. Therefore he exhorts to wash, and wash so that they may make clean. Take Jesus Christ for justification and sanctification, – employ both the water and the blood that he hath come with.
 
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