This is one of the topics many “Preachers”, “Pastors” and “Bible Teachers” try to avoid. Some are very good at avoiding it.
ANY PASTOR WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND AVOIDS THIS TOPIC DOES NOT KNOW GOD. IN OTHER WORDS, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST HAS NOT SENT HIM. THIS MAKES SUCH A PERSON A FALSE PROPHET AND A FALSE TEACHER.
The Bible is very clear from GENESIS to REVELATION that the “FEAR OF GOD” is a characteristic of every person who KNOWS God, OBEYS God, FOLLOWS God and WORSHIPS God. No man can walk with God without the “FEAR OF GOD”.
In Isaiah 11: 2 ___The “FEAR OF GOD” is a spirit that comes from the Spirit of God. This spirit stays with the servants or children of God and causes them to be obedient in the performance of His Sovereign Purpose.
In Isaiah 11: 3 ___The Bible Says…”And His DELIGHT shall be in the FEAR OF THE LORD…”
Now, the whole of ISAIAH 11 is talking about THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, our SALVATION. The Prophet Isaiah prophesied about the coming Messiah, our LORD Jesus Christ.
So if our LORD JESUS CHRIST Himself HAD the spirit of the FEAR OF GOD and actually DELIGHTED in it in His days on earth (in the flesh), how can we think we can serve God without it or desire to obey God without it??
JESUS also said that the SERVANT is not greater than his MASTER. We are the servants of Jesus and the children of God.
Now…Ecclesiastes 12:13 says:
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: FEAR GOD, and KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS: for this is THE WHOLE DUTY OF MAN.”
Did you see that? If you are a human being, then your whole duty is to FEAR GOD and OBEY HIS WORD!
This is not a suggestion. God is not suggesting to you. GOD IS COMMANDING YOU!
THERE IS NO TRUE BELIEVER WHO DOESN’T FEAR GOD!
Let’s see…Proverbs 16:6
“By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and BY THE FEAR OF THE LORD, MEN DEPART FROM EVIL.”
Did you see that? No man can depart from evil without the FEAR OF GOD!
Again, let’s See Exodus 20:20
“……that HIS (God’s) FEAR may be BEFORE THEIR FACES, that YOU SIN NOT.”
Did you see that? God showed His people His power in verse 18 so that HIS (God’s) FEAR will be in them so that His people WILL NOT SIN AGAINST HIM. This is similar to Proverbs 16:6…Amazing!
I’m talking about the true FEAR OF GOD that many so-called Preachers and professing Christians try to avoid.
Now, the true meaning of the “FEAR OF GOD” in the Bible has everything to do with these:
1. The Sovereignty and Power of God.
2. The Love and Mercy of God.
3. The Holiness and Righteousness of God.
4. The Justice and Judgment of God.
5. The Wrath or Severity of God.
The False Teachers only talk about NUMBER 2 because people don’t want to hear about the rest. THEY THINK THAT IS HOW TO PREACH LOVE.
These are all seen clearly in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation because all these are the fundamental attributes of God which all other attributes come from!
God commands us to LOVE HIM and God also commands us to FEAR HIM! It is a COMMANDMENT!
NO MAN CAN LOVE GOD WITHOUT FEARING HIM. THE FEAR OF GOD IN MAN IS PART OF THE LOVE OF GOD IN MAN.
In ROMANS 3:18 __ The Bible Says…”There is NO FEAR OF GOD before their eyes.”
The above verse is a CHARACTERISTIC OF UNBELIEVERS!! It describes the SINNER!!
Check the BIBLE:
When our LORD JESUS CHRIST Himself commanded us to FEAR GOD, His commandment had to do with the JUDGMENT and SEVERITY or WRATH of God as a result of DISOBEDIENCE and REBELLION of people! He was blunt about it. It was even A WARNING! (Luke 12: 1-9)
We fear God because He is GOD! He alone is Holy and we are not! He alone is RIGHTEOUS and we are not! Our holiness and righteousness are only IMPUTED on us because of our faith in Him! He sovereignly CHOSE us to be His sons!
God is GOD and We are men! God is not our co-equal in any way! What is our life?
People should Fear God because of His WRATH(For Unbelievers) and CHASTENING(For His sons) for Rebellion and Disobedience
The scriptures are many. IT IS PERVASIVE IN THE BIBLE!!
By Nana Adjei Ampofo Manu – NAAM
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