The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Do you know the fear of God? That is a strange question to some. Aren’t we supposed to rejoice in God’s grace, love and mercy? Are we supposed to be afraid of Him? Is that biblical?
Well, it may surprise you to learn that it is biblical. Paul said “knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men…” 2 Corinthians 5:11
Other translations use the word “fear”. Perhaps they wanted to soften the idea of being ‘terrified’ but the Greek word that Paul used is PHOBOS (from which we got our word phobia of course). It means panic, flight, fear, the causing of fear, terror and comes from phebomai, “to flee, withdraw”.
If you have a phobia of spiders you will probably experience a rising sense of panic and run away when you see one. So you can grasp the meaning of this word. Continue reading
I write this more as a question than an answer. Something is not right! Let me just share my thoughts with you a little.
I have been reading the Acts of the Apostles, subsequent to the Gospels. After the death and resurrection of Jesus, obviously his followers were overjoyed to see him again, and possibly thought he would now stay on earth and set up the Kingdom.
Jesus told them that day would come, but not yet. Actually he was going back to heaven to be with the Father. BUT, he said “I will not leave you [like] orphans [comfortless]; I will come to you”. Then he described the coming of the Holy Spirit:
John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you….I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you… and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. …These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
Returning – But How?
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