The Word of God and The Hypocrite

A real gem from a real Puritan. There is an almost ironic intermixture of fear and love of the Word of God that God has granted His people which renders a peaceable joy.

Now a hypocrite may be brought to fear and tremble at the Word of God, but he never loves it. First, fear and love do not join together in them. They fear God’s Word, but they hate it. They wish that there were no such Word of God, and that it was not so strict and holy as it is. And that’s as much as to say that God were not so holy, which is as much to say, “I wish there were no God at all.” And yet a wicked heart is so in love with his lusts that, rather than that he should not have his lusts, he would have no God at all.

There’s many of you who will not tremble at God’s Word, but you will tremble at the fear of any loss. You will tremble at men, though not at the Word of God. But a true, gracious trembling at God’s Word strengthens the heart against other fears. And so it was with David in Psalm 119…

-Jeremiah Burroughs (1599-1646), from Gospel Fear; pages 34, 36


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