Fear x Obedience

The Qoheleth (teacher or preacher) of the book of Ecclesiastes concluded his wise sayings with these words: “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind” (12:13). This “fear” in the Bible is seldomly equated to the love of God (read Psalm 145:19-20; Deut 6:1-5).

Thus, “True fear of God is true love for God defined: it is the right response to God’s full-orbed revelation of himself in all his grace and glory,” says Michael Reeves.

In the same manner, fear and awe go hand in hand. Just as how we feel fear and amazement (full of awe) whenever we see big waves, flashes of lightning, high mountains, falling stars, and wild oceans. This experience drives us to marvel about the One who Created these things—the works of the majestic and gracious Father.

Our Creator God calls us not just to fear in awe, or wonder and marvel his beauty but also to revere and worship as a response. The inseparable imperative to follow His words must also be our priority. This duty is the Christian purpose—to fear and obey God.

What then is the purpose of life? Answer: to worship and glorify God through fear and obedience. This statement was the same conclusion with the Qoheleth.

Published by JP Arceno

A Mere Christian, no other religion, but Christian church, call me a Catholic Christian ~ Richard Baxter

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