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What is fear of God?

Discussion in 'Salvation (Soteriology)' started by black.hawk, Mar 5, 2018.

  1. black.hawk

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    Deuteronomy 6:24 - "So the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God for our good always and for our survival, as it is today."

    Psalms 112:1 - Praise the LORD! How blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who greatly delights in His commandments.

    Psalms 115:13 - He will bless those who fear the LORD, The small together with the great.

    Psalms 128:1-4 - How blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, Who walks in His ways.

    Proverbs 10:27 - The fear of the LORD prolongs life, But the years of the wicked will be shortened.

    Proverbs 19:23 - The fear of the LORD leads to life, So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.

    Proverbs 28:14 - How blessed is the man who fears always, But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

    Psalms 33:18-19 - Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His loving kindness,

    Psalms 85:9 - Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, That glory may dwell in our land.

    Psalms 147:11 - The LORD favors those who fear Him, Those who wait for His loving kindness

    Ecclesiastes 8:12-13 - Although a sinner does evil a hundred times and may lengthen his life, still I know that it will be well for those who fear God, who fear Him openly.

    Luke 1:50 - "AND HIS MERCY IS UPON GENERATION AFTER GENERATION TOWARD THOSE WHO FEAR HIM."

    Psalms 25:12 - Who is the man who fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way he should choose.

    Isaiah 33:6 - And He will be the stability of your times, A wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge; The fear of the LORD is his treasure.

    Psalms 103:11 - For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His loving kindness toward those who fear Him.

    Malachi 3:16-17 - Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name.

    Psalms 34:9 - O fear the LORD, you His saints; For to those who fear Him there is no want.

    Psalms 111:5 - He has given food to those who fear Him; He will remember His covenant forever.

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    Machiavelli said, "It is better for a Ruler to be feared than loved", which is only about 50 percent true - Since the flip side of the coin is Loyalty to one's Sovereign, and a dictator needs to be Loved as much as Feared.

    Since God could never be sovereign over humans without "Love of God" and "Fear of God", which are opposite sides of the coin.

    As God cannot be sovereign without the carrot and stick, which are supposed to work in tandem.

    Therefore, Fear is a necessary part of God's sovereign reigned over humans.

    Those who are saved are saved because they have chosen to follow God's commandment for fear of the consequences if they don't.

    For such is the Fear of God, which is crucial to the Salvation of any Christian.


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  2. Not me

    Not me Righteousness is right and not me.

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    Scripture says “perfect love casted out fear”. I don’t believe there will be any fear in heaven. Only love, to all, and from all. Anything else would not allow for perfect peace.

    My thoughts?? Not me
     
  3. black.hawk

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    Without fear, what is there to keep people under check?

    Why should people obey the law without fear of the consequences if they don't?
     
  4. dreadnought

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    Fear of the Lord might be a respect for the fact that he knows what is good for us and what is bad for us, and his advice (commandments) should be heeded.
     
  5. black.hawk

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    Fear is also crucial to the Salvation of any Christian.

    There is no Gospel of Salvation without Fear of the Alternative.
     
  6. Not me

    Not me Righteousness is right and not me.

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    The new creation, it’s why Christ died. That we would be given a new nature, that will want to do good, like our old nature wants to do bad. That’s why it’s so important that Christ be formed in us in the here and now. For the more Christ is formed in us, the brighter we will shine.

    Much love in Christ, Not me
     
  7. dreadnought

    dreadnought Lip service isn't really service. Supporter

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    Yes, we humans sometimes need some motivation (prodding), or at least, I do.
     
  8. black.hawk

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    Amen.
     
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