Where God and Sinners Meet in Peace

Robert Traill, a 17th Century Scottish preacher and reformer, preached a thirteen-sermon series on Hebrews 4:16 entitled, The Throne of Grace. I am reading, studying, and posting through these sermons. 

My introductory post to this series of posts was on the Preface to A Stedfast Adherence to the Profession of Faith, the book in which the sixteen sermons were published in 1718. My first post on the sermons themselves addressed the first half of Sermon 1 in which Traill defines the throne of grace and elaborates on why it is called a throne of grace.

In this post I share quotes from the second half of Sermon 1 in which the Traill asks the question, “What is it to come unto the throne of grace?”


 Traill writes that “this coming to the throne of grace” is:

“… in believing on Jesus Christ. This is the first approach to the throne of grace. He is propitiation, and mercy seat, and throne of grace (I John 4:10).”

“The first right step heavenward, is saving faith in Christ. Nothing savingly good can precede it, and all saving good follows it: for faith unites the man to Christ, and all fruits of holiness and righteousness spring from the virtue of the vine Christ; with whom the believer hath first union by grace, and then communion of Christ’s grace, by which he lives, and works, and grows.”

 The preacher notes that there are numerous ways that a believer can approach the throne of grace. Approach can be made through prayer, by reading and mediating on the Word of God, and partaking of the Lord’s Supper. He then states that praise is a means by which we can come before the Lord of grace.

“Who minds this as they ought? If we want, we ask; and so we should. But where is the Christian that can say, Though I had nothing to ask, I would go to the throne of grace, that I might praise him that sits on it.”

“To be swallowed up of wonder, is the best and highest praising. Who can forebear wondering at grace, that considers duly whose grace it is, where it finds us, and whither it brings us?”

“O what a mighty arm hath the grace of God.”

“No where else can God and sinners meet in peace, but at this throne of grace.”

 It is to this throne that we come for mercy and grace to help in time our every need.

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