Gracious Trembling

Isaiah 66:2b But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.
I’m poring over sermons from the 1600s. Let’s just say… I’m glad I’ve studied English! Here is an outline:
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God accepts and looks upon a (truly gracious) trembling heart because…
—– That heart has high, honorable, and reverent thoughts of the Word.
—– That heart attends to the Word with reverence.
—– That heart does not cavil against the Word.
—– That heart counts it dreadful to have the Word speak against it.
—– That heart humbly receives every command and submits to it.
—– That heart receives with trembling even the promises—because….
-.-.-.-.- That heart sees the following things in God’s Word that cause trembling:
…………… Sees God in it.
…………… Sees God’s glory, majesty, greatness, excellence.
…………… Sees more, including dreadful authority.
…………… Sees infinite justice.
…………… Sees the Word backed with infinite power.
…………… Sees the luster of God’s holiness and its own impurity.
…………… Sees the glorious mysteries (such as election, redemption, the hypostatic union, the death of Christ, justification, reconciliation, adoption, sanctification, and glorification).
…………… Sees that God’s Word is full of efficacy and quickness.
…………… Sees that the Word casts all men regarding their eternal estate.
…………… Sees that the Word examines us while here, searching the inward, secret parts.
…………… Sees that the Word must be opened to judge the heart at the Great Day.
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But Hey, don’t let me have all the fun! How about you grab a cup of coffee and meditate on the quote, below. (Who knew that parsing English could be a matter of life and death?)

“When the soul is brought to Christ, why does the soul close with Christ when it believes in Him and upon Him? Is it not that the dreadful breach between God and it may be made up in Christ the Mediator? And is the soul sensible of this and yet does not tremble? Certainly it cannot but tremble. There-fore, though it may be where grace is not, yet where there is grace, this is.”

 

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