Timor Domini – What Fear Is Not

Timor Domini = Fear of the Lord in Latin


The first mention of fear in the Bible is in Genesis 3, when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. The Bible says, “The eyes of both of them were opened and they knew they were naked.” They tried to deceive God, a common response to sin. They made coverings to hide their nakedness and when they heard God, they tried to hide. God called out, “Where are you?” Adam finally appeared and (paraphrased) said, “I heard you but I was afraid.”

When we have a proper fear of the Lord, here are a few things fear is not:

1. We do not have to fear meeting God in our sins like Adam. When God looks at us, He does not see a filthy sinner any longer, He sees His son for we are covered in the blood of the Lamb.

2. We do not have to fear death any longer. The Lord Jesus Christ came to earth to die on Calvary and conquered death. To the believer, there is no reason to fear death for it has been defeated.

3. We don’t have to fear the end times. The book of Revelation can be terrifying to read. But with a proper fear of the Lord, we can read Revelation with confidence that we will not have to endure the wrath prophesied about. However, we still need to be sensitive to those around us who do not fear the Lord, sharing our faith often.

4. I mentioned yesterday that fear of the Lord is a constructive fear, it is not a destructive fear. It is destructive to fear those who can kill the body but cannot kill the soul. A destructive fear can keep us from doing the Lord’s will in our lives.

Freedom is found in not having to fear death or the impending wrath of God. This freedom can only be found in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Just for today, meditate on this truth.

Tune in tomorrow for Part Four….

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