Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1
What is wrong with the “Church” these days? Everyday you read another headline of another denomination fallen to sin. What is missing from the modern day Church? How about the Fear of God? We live in a generation where all the churches want to preach about is grace and love. And these are qualities of God, but tell me something “Do you really love God if you don’t keep his commandments?”
Think about a Parent/Child relationship, if the child disobeys the parent continually and doesn’t have fear or respect for them, do they really love that parent? God demonstrated his love for us when we didn’t deserve it, why don’t we show God love by honoring him?
The original Greek word for Fear is “Phobo” which also means respect.
And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.” Revelation 14:6-7
When an Angel came to preach the “eternal gospel” his message was “Fear God”!
The original Greek word is from the same root Phobos (Phobethete) which means have reverence, respect, to be in awe of God
In the modern day Church we don’t want to preach “Fear God”, we want to water down the gospel and preach candy to babies and send them on the broadway to Hell
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10
The Hebrew form of Fear is “Yirat” which means the same as the Greek , reverence, respect, and awe
How much wisdom and knowledge could we obtain if we actually Feared God and listened to him? If we truly love God, why don’t listen and obey him?