Shining as Lights in the World With Fear and Trembling Philippians 2:12
Introductory ThoughtsThroughout the Bible we are taught to have fearof or for God Psalm 111:10 Proverbs 1:7 Ecclesiastes 12:13-14What exactly is this fear?Today lets examine true Godly fear
Fear DefinedTwo basic definitions of fear Fear in the negative sense (undesirable) Dread, fright, or terror caused by the expectation of danger Fear in the positive sense (desirable) Reverence or awe toward power and authority
Fear DefinedThe Greek words for fear in the New Testamentillustrate these two different meanings Phobos - generic word for fear Sometimes used in the first sense - Mark 9:5-6 Sometimes used in the second sense - Ephesians 6:5 Deilia - timidity, cowardice
Fear DefinedThe Greek words for fear in the New Testamentillustrate these two different meanings Eulabeia - Godly fear, piety, devoutness Eulabeia at first meant to be very careful in the handling of some physical object lest it be broken It then came to mean an extreme care in the things of God lest He be offended
What the Fear of God Is NotThe fear of God which Christians are commanded to have cannot be the first kind of fearConsider the following reasons why this is true The Christian, if he is obedient and faithful to the Lord, is not in danger of being harmed by God - Romans 8:1, 31-39 We are safe in the arms of Jesus only as long as we remain within the safety of Jesus’ armsGod loves those who belong to Him in Christ, and love drives the bad kind of fear out of a relationship
What the Fear of God IsCharacteristics of Godly Fear - Hebrews 12:18-29 Reverence, respect for God Awe, wonder at the power and majesty of God Respect for God’s commandments A healthy fear of God’s punishmentExamples of Godly Fear Noah - Hebrews 11:7 Abraham - Genesis 22:12 Christ - Hebrews 5:7
What the Fear of God IsResults of Godly fear Knowledge, wisdom - Proverbs 1:7 - Proverbs 9:10 Holiness, purity - 2 Corinthians 7:1 - 1 Peter 1:17 Proper relationships with others - Ephesians 5:21 Interest in teaching others the gospel - 2 Corinthians 5:11 Courage to face persecution or death - John 16:33 Confidence before God - 1 John 4:16-18
Concluding ThoughtsOur fundamental duty is to fear God obedientlyThis fear of God is not a cowardly dread or terror, but a wholesome, uplifting respect and reverence for God, His will, and Hispunishment of the disobedientMay we correctly understand and apply what ittruly does mean to fear God, and may we enjoythe great benefits of that attitude toward Him
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