Posted by: SandreS | January 7, 2010

The Three Stages Related to “The Fear of God”

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom (Psalms 111:10).

There are actually three stages related to the “fear of God” that we might refer to as:


The “Elementary” stage is the early stage of knowing God. It is the acknowledgement that there is a God, and is usually associated with the law (or legalism and religion). This stage is exemplified by those in the “Gospels” who “were sore afraid.”

We have also looked at the “Post-Graduate” stage. This is the stage of maturity where the believer no longer lives under the “the fear of God,” but enjoys the knowledge of God in fullness. This is the divine goal of perfect love.

There is, however, an earlier “Pre-School” stage that sometimes is a predecessor of the “Elementary School” stage. For some, this stage comes before the basic knowledge that there is a God. This is the denial or total disregard of God. It is “Pre-School” because it is “pre-law,” or “pre-religion.” It is the “fool” stage that says “there is no God” (Psalm 53:1), resulting in “No fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:18).

When our Lord Jesus Christ was here on the earth, His most often repeated instruction to those who heard Him was “Fear Not!” – “Fear Ye Not!”“Be Not Afraid!” He came to lead others out of fear and into the freedom and peace of love. He lived in a place of perfect Love – that place was His Father.

Getting to know the Father in the reality of His Love will mature us out of “fear and into “perfect love” – a love that is all consuming. No wonder Fanny Crosby wrote in her hymn, Blessed Assurance, that we are Filled with His goodness, lost in His Love.”

We who really know Him are overtaken by the sea of His divine Love.

Are you afraid of the Loving Father? Then you do not yet know Him for who He really is. Something of ignorance, religion and tradition has you bound to a false view of Him. It is time to know the liberating freedom that is available in the full-growth-knowledge of Him in power, love, and a sound mind.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2008, 2010


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