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The Language of the Bible

Posted by Daniel Edwards on January 30, 2009

(This is my third post in my series on fear)
What is Fear?
New Post Series on Fear

When I try to think about fear from a Biblical perspective, I’m constantly brought back to how the Bible speaks about the confidence, the courage, and the surety that comes with faith. For instance, though the Bible talks about our need to fear God in a sense of reverence, Hebrews 4:16 says:

Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

We can draw near with confidence. Where is the fear in that? And to where? To the throne of grace. We need not fear that when we come to God with our transgressions and shortcomings that we will not be good enough, because God has lavished His grace upon us. And, even though God cannot stand to look upon sin, when we come before Him through the blood of Christ, we need not fear that He will cast us aside. And if we need not fear God, who should we fear?

Also, 2 Corinthians 5:8 says:

we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.

Here, in talking about death, one of the greatest fears that all humans have at some point, Paul says that Christians are of good courage. Why? Because death has no hold on us and it has been defeated through Christ’s resurrection.

Along with these, the Bible says several times, “Do Not Fear” (Isa. 41:10; Isa. 43:1; 1 Chron. 28:20) You see, the logic behind all of this, is that once we know Christ and our sins have been forgiven, we have no need to fear because God is on our side and nothing can separate us from the love of Christ (Rom. 8:31-35). It doesn’t matter if we get cancer or we go blind or we lose our house or even if we die, we have nothing to fear because God is for us. No matter what happens, we will live with Him for eternity and all our fears will be washed away.

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