Wednesday, March 17, 2010

the fear of God: a great definition by Tim Chester

I've just come across a great definition of the fear of God by Tim Chester.

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you might remember my series on the fear of God. I think this definition is a wonderful summary (I've just added one word!).

The answer to the fear of man is fear of God. We need a big view of God. To fear God is to respect, worship, trust, [love], and submit to him. It’s the proper response to his glory, holiness, power, love, goodness and wrath. The fear of the Lord is recognizing that he is so awesome, powerful, holy and good that we should serve and worship him more than anything or anyone.

The appearances of God are often described in the Bible in terms of brightness, fire and brilliance. ... God wraps majesty and splendour around him like a cloak (Ps 93:1). The fear of God for the Christian no longer involves terror. He is our Father and we come before him with confidence through the mediation of Christ (Heb 4:14-16). But we can never get chummy or complacent with him. He remains a consuming fire.

This is a combined quote from Tim Chester's You Can Change 92-93 and The Busy Christian's Guide to Busyness 104-5 (the last sentence in the first paragraph is taken from the second).

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