All people fear something. The Bible says that we fear either God or man and the question for you is: whom do you fear?

As Christians, we should fear God. As Deuteronomy 6v24 says, “And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God for our good always that he might preserve us alive, as we are this day.”

Fearing the Lord means we do not fear the created thing because God is more powerful than anything he has created. To fear anything other than God is making it an idol because you are saying that the created thing is more fearful than God.

The fear we should have of God as Christians should not be a scared type of fear, but instead an awed fear of God, that means we obey God’s commands. To fear God and keep his commands is a recurring theme that appears throughout the Bible. The fear that we should have as Christians is a fear of God's holiness. It is because God is holy, holy, holy that we fear him.

Therefore keep a strong guard against Satan with the armour of light, because with Christ as your captain you have nothing to fear.

By Richard van den Broek

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  1. Interesting, your point that to fear anything but God is idolatry.. I agree to a certain degree, but I have this question.. When I am plugging in a high voltage cable I fear an electric shock, it is painful, it could be fatal, so I am careful .. However, I do not think I have made an idol of the power supply or the national grid.

  2. Thanks Timothy, good question, two things, the fear is only sin when it is a greater fear than your fear of God, and I think that there are two diferent types of fear, there is a reverential fear and a anxiety for safty type fear, we should fear God whith both but we should only fear created things with the second.
    Hope it answers your question, if not sorry... I still am not very good at communicating via computers.

  3. Sorry to post again..

    Okay I agree with that, to have greater fear of created things, than our fear of God is wrong..
    On thing I didn't ask because I wanted to break into this slowly, but now due to your comment I want to ask is.. Should we fear God for our safety? Or let me rephrase that, should we fear for our own safety as part of our fear of God?

    The reason I ask this, is that you listed the fear of the Lord as an “awed fear of God, that means we obey God’s commands.” Which is true, and Biblical, but I worry about an over emphasis on the fear of the Lord as a means to keeping us in obedience to him, I worry about that because it is my own church background.

    Now first then it is very important to define what the term 'fear of the Lord' means.. You have said we should fear God in reverence and for fear of safety. I would argue we should only fear God in reverence.

    My aguement for this comes cheifly from one verse, it would come from more, but I believe we all understand the working out of this one verse so I need to use up space explaining too deeply..

    John 19:30 says “When Jesus has received the sour wine, he said, “it is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” When Jesus said this, he said it because the price was paid, once for all! This is why Paul in Romans 8:1 is able to say, there is therefor now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.. Paul goes on to say that we are free from the law of sin and death in Christ because of what he did for us, and that his spirit lives in us.

    If the price has been paid, and I am now accepted by God, not because I am good but because Christ is, I can not loose my salvation because it is his work not mine, and I can not fear God will do me evil, for God can punish no one who's debt has been paid by Jesus! If he were to judge me, it would be to judge me for something already paid for, and he would be in sin, sin not against me but against him self who paid the price!

    This is why I do not think we should fear safety in our fear of God! But so many Christians live with this real fear of God because they do not understand the doctrine of grace.. And as Titus 2:11-12 says; “For the grace of God has appeared, brings salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all the lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” As you can see, I got over exited and quoted to verse 14, for this is the gospel, You were chosen before the dawn of time, and though God knew your every sin he loved you and died for you.. He now sees you as pure and Holy through his son, how much more will he not love you? So do not fear him, love him, treasure him.. Do what he commands, and live in hope of the great day when you will see his face!

    The point of this gospel of grace is it gives us power, the love of God, and life through the spirit so we can obey him..

    As far as a reverent fear goes, yes I agree.. Read Rev 1 and see how John responds he seeing Jesus, we should be awed by him! But you will see we have nothing to fear.. Rev. 1:17-18, the one who the Bible teaches is our lover holds the keys to our fate..

  4. Thanks again,
    I agree that on the whole we should not fear, in the afraid for safty sense, but should we not fear God's wrath when we sin? Is it not because we fear his fury if we do not repent, that we do repent? I think it is a combination of fear and love, not just love.

  5. Thanks for the article Richard. Thanks for the comments both Richard and Timothy. To save this just becoming a debate I wonder if we could reset the course of this discussion?

    We have had some Bible verses brought to light already but I am wondering if anyone could bring a Biblical definition of fear esp. that referring to the Lord. The verses that I have seen are more or less devided into three sections: 1. Fear the Lord (Lev 25:17). Don't fear the people around because the Lord is with you.(eg. Gen 15:1) This could seem to suggest a definition but I cannot think of a watertight one so any suggestions? other people, it would be great if you could comment as well. After sorting out a definition, or maybe at the same time, we should be able to say with Biblical authority: who we should fear, in what way and why. enough from me.

  6. Friends, I think you should both check out 1 John 4:16 - 18

    "God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love."

    That final line, "The one who fears is not made perfect in love," could logically be translated as, "The one who fears is not made perfect in God." Why? Because when you understand that God is love and that His love casts out all fear, you have no more reason to fear, because fear has to do with punishment. This verse clearly says it all, God is not into punishment and fear, He is quite literally the love that casts it out!

    And to clarify furthermore, the "fear of God" in the Old Testament refers to respecting God, not anxious type of fear. As Jesus so clearly said, "Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself." There is no anxious worry or fear in God, because God knows everything so nothing is unexpected to Him. We shouldn't have any fear because we should have complete trust in His love for us, and thereby need not fear anything, even death!

    - Micah

  7. This was a great Post Richard.. I really enjoyed reading it! I agree!


  8. Just to clarify what I said in my last post, it is a fatherly anger God has towards us rather than a enemy to enemy anger.


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