THE FEAR OF GOD
There is a fear of God which is attached to love, and which has
respect to the laws of God, the ways of God, the purposes of God, and the holiness of God. This, the fear of saints – the fear of children
Â• results from regeneration, wherein “the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit given unto us,” for “we love Him because he first loved us.” “I will put my fear into their hearts.”
There is a fear of God which is united to hate, and which sets at nought and defiance the laws, ways, purposes, and holiness of God. It is evident that this fear is from sin, and is the result of transgression in all the sons of Adam, for “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God.” Man is carnal, sold under sin.
Â•’The carnal mind is enmity against God.”
Herein we may judge of our state before God. If, while we feel a fear of God, our heart is going out in desire after Him, we have evidence that our soul is safe with Him, and we have a sweet foretaste of eternal bliss. And how much is this enhanced if we are in suffering circumstances – so much so, that we would infinitely prefer the pain the suffering inflicts, if thereby only we experience the sweet lifting up of His countenance upon us (Mt. 5.6).
Did Jesus once upon me shine?
Then Jesus is for ever mine.