• What does it mean to fear the Lord? Question and Answer

    Proverbs 9:10

    Fear is just another word for worship or adoration. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Prov. 9:10). It’s having a reverence of God. As R.C. would say, the greatest need of any human being, believer or unbeliever, is to know God. Until you know the fullness of God, you don’t know what it means to fear God fully. The ability to fear God correlates to how much you know about Him. The more you have imbibed the wisdom and revelation of God’s character found in Holy Scripture, the more glorious He becomes to you. The more … View Resource

  • Throughout the Bible we are told to fear God. What does that mean? Question and Answer

    Proverbs 9:10

    We need to make some important distinctions about the biblical meaning of “fearing” God. These distinctions can be helpful, but they can also be a little dangerous. When Luther struggled with that, he made this distinction, which has since become somewhat famous: He distinguished between what he called a servile fear and a filial fear. The servile fear is a kind of fear that a prisoner in a torture chamber has for his tormentor, the jailer, or the executioner. It’s that kind of dreadful anxiety in which someone is frightened by the clear and present danger that is represented by … View Resource