Phobos Below are the Strongs definitions for fear. Following are scriptures that will help us understand which usage is implied in different instances.
1. Fear, dread, terror.
2, That which strikes terror.
3. Reverence for one’s husband.
Hebrews, 10:26 “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” It seems clear, that those which chose to reject Christ’s sacrifice and the Spirits call to faith in God align with number 1.
It is my firm belief that the one sin which will condemn a man to eternal separation from God is the failure to believe and accept God’s offered grace and forgiveness through the sacrifice of Christ. Other sin quenches the Spirit over time and hearts become hard, ears lose hearing and the eyes no longer follow truth. This presents a risk of losing faith. 1st John, 5:16 “If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.” There is no pardon for a man who will not accept it because of unbelief.
Following are verses of a relationship in which fear has no home. Therefore the intent is 3.
Pro, 9:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
2 Tim 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
1 John, 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace.
Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Mark, 4:40. … “Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?”
Scripture refers to the “Church” as the “Bride of Christ.”
2 Corinthians, 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
Revelations, 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Isaiah, 54:5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
Fear may be the beginning, but fear finds no home in trusting love. And God, is Love. 1st John, 4:8 He that loves not, does not know God; for God is love.
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