以下是十九世纪一位苏格兰长老会的牧师Robert Murray M’Cheyne，解释人心罪恶的讲章的一部分（经文取自耶利米书十七章9-10节）：
Your Sin: You Have No Idea!
When God convicts us of our
sin, he ordinarily only shows us the tip of the iceberg (so to speak).
This is an act of mercy, for if he showed us the exact depth and extent of our
depravity, we would not be able to live with ourselves. Thankfully, genuine
conviction and repentance can take place even though we don’t know the full
depth and extent of our depravity. I appreciate how Robert Murray M’Cheyne
explains the depths of the sinful heart
in a sermon he preached on Jeremiah 17.9-10 (The heart is deceitful above
all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?).
“…The most awakened sinner
does not see the ten thousandth part of the wickedness of his own heart.
You are like a person looking down into a dark pit – you can only see a few
yards down the sides of the pit; so you can only see a little way into your
heart. It is a pit of corruption which is bottomless: Who can know it?“
“…You are like a traveler
looking down into the crater of a volcano; but the smoke will not suffer
(allow) you to look far. You see only a few yards into the smoking
volcano of your heart…. There are chambers in your heart that you have
never yet seen into – there are caves in that ocean you have never fathomed –
there are fountains of bitterness you have never tasted. When you have
felt the wickedness of your heart to the uttermost, then lie down under this
awful truth, that you have only seen a few yards into a pit that is bottomless
– that you carry about with you a slumbering volcano – a heart whose wickedness
you do not and cannot know.”
M’Cheyne ended the sermon on the heights of grace.
“[Christ] was the only one
that knew the wickedness of the beings for whom he died. He that searches
the hearts of sinners died for them. He knew what was in men; yet he did
not abhor (hate) them on that account – he died for them. It was not for
any goodness in man that he died for man. He saw none. It was not
that he saw little sin in the heart of man. He is the only being in the
universe that saw all the sin that is in the unfathomable heart of man.
He saw to the bottom of the volcano – and yet he came and died for man.
Herein is love!”
“When publicans and sinners came to him on
earth, he knew what was in their hearts. His eye had rested on their
bosoms all their life – he had seen all the lusts and poisons that ever rankled
there; yet in no wise did he cast them out. So with you. His eye
hath seen all your sins – the vilest, darkest, blackest hours you have lived,
his pure eye was resting upon you; yet he died for such, and invites you to
come to him; and will in no wise cast you out.”
knows exactly how sinful you are, but he loves you and went to the cross for
you. You only know the tip of the iceberg when it comes to your sin, but
Jesus has seen it all in full. And he didn’t run away from you.
Instead, he took your sin and its curse upon himself, removed it from you, and
gave you his righteousness in exchange. It is frightening to
realize that we don’t know how sinful we actually are; but Jesus does know, he
loved us, died for us while we were still sinners, and literally took our sin
upon himself to deliver us from it. You are forgiven!
M’Cheyne, Sermons, p.35-37.