“We have so much of the Pharisee in us by nature, that it is sometimes well that our good is hid from us. . . . It is a good life which is attended with a faith of righteousness and a sense of corruption. While I know Christ’s righteousness, I shall the less care to know my own holiness. To be holy is necessary; to know it, sometimes a temptation.”
John Owen, Works (Edinburgh, 1981), VI:600-601. Italics added.