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Fear and Trembling

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Fear and Trembling

When you ponder God, not His creation, not the actions He performs, but God Himself, do you tremble and fear, or do you consider Him your friend? “Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.” (Job 22:14)

When Mount Horeb was pouring forth great pillars of smoke, when the mountain of God was on fire, lightnings and the trumpet of God was blaring, the people were fearful, but Moses, when he was commanded to, walked right up that mountain.

When you consider Jesus Christ, do you in your mind’s eye see a bearded fellow in a white robe, with a big inviting smile, full of love and compassion, or do you envision Him returning in fury and wrath to execute judgment upon the wicked people of this planet, and then ruling over all with a rod of righteousness? In fear and trembling, or as your friend, which is the God that you serve? “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” (John 15:15) Why? Because they believed in His name, and because they obeyed Him.

I believe, but I hope I am mistaken, that most people who call themselves Christians serve three Gods, God the Father whom they are fearful of, the Lord Jesus Christ, whom they dare to call their friend, and the Holy Spirit, whom they rarely give a second thought to. “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (1st John 5:7)

The Roman Catholic cult has not only placed the Lord Jesus Christ as a sort of “stop gap,” if you will, in the minds of people, but Mary also as the two that stand in front of an angry, vengeful God who wants to kill all of us, but at the same time has exalted Mary over the Lord Jesus, making Him immaterial in the eyes of many, while at the same time turning the Holy Spirit into some ethereal, formless being who may or may not exist. And this is how many see the Holy Trinity, a divided group whose main purpose is either vengeance or unfailing love for everyone.

As far as I can recollect, and I may be wrong here, there is no place in the Word of God that we are told to pray directly to Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit, we are to pray to God, through Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, our prayers are directed to the Most High. “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:14) Jesus is our mediator to the Father, (1 Tim 2:5) He is the One that modifiers our fervent prayers and turns them into an acceptable form for us, He says to God for us what we really mean in our hearts when we pray.

The Holy Spirit is the One that carries those prayers to the Lord Jesus, it is by His strength alone that we are even able to approach the throne of grace, it is He who gives us the power to come boldly (Heb. 4:16) to that place of thick darkness and lightnings.

There is almost a flippant attitude exhibited by many who call Jesus Lord today, they presume on His friendship, they have turned the grace of God into a right, not a blessing, they see God as their friend, and so they live a life that “worships loosely,” one that is not lived in reverence and fear. They are in a sense looking to Jesus to hide them from the Almighty, not joyfully present them to Him.

We are the jewels in His crown, (Zech. 9:16) and we are also the reason for the scars in His hands and feet. He who loves us is the One we are to serve in fear and trembling, (Psalm 2:11) obeying in love His commandments, (John 14:15) walking humbly with Him, (Micah 6:8) remembering the place we have been set in, by Him, and not of ourselves. “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (1 John 5:7)

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