Trembling Before the Word

 Here’s a great section of Jerry Bridges’ commentary on the fruit of the Spirit and other Christian virtues.  Here he talks about one aspect of Christian humility.

“The person who is truly humble before God is also humble before God’s Word.  God says he esteems the person who is humble and contrite in spirit and who trembles at his Word.  …[We] must develop this kind of humility toward the Bible.  As we search the Scriptures, we must allow them to search us, to sit in judgment upon our character and conduct.  We must treat the Scriptures not only as a source of knowledge about God but also as the expression of his will for our daily lives.  As the familiar statement goes, ‘The Bible was given not just to increase our knowledge, but to guide our conduct.’  Far too often it seems we approach the Bible just to increase our spiritual knowledge of the facts of the Bible.  We do need to increase our spiritual knowledge, but it should be for the purpose of obeying God’s will.  Paul prayed that God would fill the Colossian Christians with the knowledge of his will so that they might live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way” (p. 50-51).

That’s the great balance of the Bible.  Christians, like Paul, should want to know Christ but also how to live a life worthy of the calling to which we’ve been called.  Or, as James so aptly put it, we should not just be hearers of the word, but doers as well.

Jerry Bridges, The Fruitful Life (Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2006).

shane lems

2 thoughts on “Trembling Before the Word”

  1. I am reminded of the professing Christians of our day who claim to know Christ, but have no spiritual fruit. In Mark 11: 13-14, we read, “Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. He said to it, ‘May no one ever eat fruit from you again!’ And His disciples were listening” (NASB). Are we listening? May God bless us with flourishing spiritual fruit as our souls are nourished by His Word!!


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