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“Therefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: for our God is a consuming fire” – Hebrews 12:28-29. The above scripture tells us that godly fear is a work of grace. Nowadays, there are very few teachings about the fear of God. And most of the few teachers that teach about the fear of God, define the fear of God to mean the same thing as the love of God. Others interpret it to mean reverence. But the above opening text clearly differentiates reverence from godly fear with the word “And”. The fear of God is distinct from the love of God and reverence for God. We can clearly see this distinction by checking through the original words which they were translated from. The love of God is from the Greek word “Agape”, meaning affection. Reverence for God, as used in our opening text, is from the Greek word “entrepo” meaning, to respect. While the fear of God which we are now discussing, is from the Greek word “eulabeia” meaning caution or dread. Hence, we are to walk in the fear or dread of God for our own good. The Lord doesn’t want us to fear anyone or anything, but he does want us to fear and tremble before him. Hence, in the new covenant, he says he will put his fear in our hearts, so we shouldn’t depart from him (Jeremiah 32:40). Then the Lord Jesus tells us again, that we should not fear those that kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather we should fear him (God) who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Matthew 10:28). So Why Should We Fear God? Sometime back, while I shared this message of the fear of God with a young man, he asked me; “can you love and fear your father at the same time?” I replied, “Yes, I loved my parents for whom they were to me, but at the same time, I feared them, because if I messed up, I would be rebuked or punished” When John talks about perfect love casting away fear, he meant condemnational fear (1John 4:18). And this condemnational (bond) fear, that John says perfect love casts away, is different from the godly fear we are talking about here. I have felt both of them. Condemnational fear, like John says, has torment. It leads to self and people condemnation. It also leads to struggle with sin. It kills faith. As I struggled with this kind of fear some years ago, like John says, my encounter with the divine love of God by revelation, gave me eternal victory from the clutches of condemantional fear. While godly fear on the other hand, is a gift of the Spirit of Grace. It confers mastery over sin. Godly fear helps you depart from sin and perfect holiness (2 Corinthians 7:1). Godly fear stabilises love and faith in the heart of a believer. As a matter of fact, many Christian who confess righteousness with no practical evidence of righteousness in their characters and words, are actually suffering from the missing link of the fear of God. They get carried away with God’s love, goodness and faith. But pay absolutely no attention to the fear of God, divine severity and eternal judgement… Because they have been wrongly taught or wrongly believe that the fear of God is the same thing as the Love of God or mere reverence or awe. Now let’s see the scriptural reasons why we need to fear God... Securing Our Eternal Salvation: “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”—Phil 2:12. From scriptures, we see that a saved soul can be cut off if he doesn’t work out his salvation with caution and trembling (Romans 11:20-22). Judas Iscariot lost his bishopric because he didn’t work out his salvation with fear and trembling. Mastery in Holiness: From scriptures we see that the fear of God is the master or perfect key for Holy or godly living. Here is exactly what the word of God says concerning this:
“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” 2Corinthians 7:1.
Enjoying Divine Wisdom: The bible tells us that the fear of God gives us access to divine wisdom, which is uncanny wisdom. As a matter of fact, the bible defines wisdom to mean the fear of God. Here is the exact scripture: “And unto man he said, behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding”—Job 28:28. Hence, to be walking in the fear of God, is to be walking in divine wisdom.
To Enjoy Divine Blessings: “Praise you the Lord, blessed is the man that fears the Lord that delights greatly in his commandments. His descendants shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endures forever”—Psalm 112:1-3. So the man or woman that walks in the fear of God enjoys divine blessings amongst which is wealth and riches. So the list above, are the major biblical reasons we must have to walk in the fear of God. God does not want us to be afraid of anyone or anything. Neither does he want us to have condemnational or tormenting fear. But he does desire and instructs us to fear him for our ultimate and eternal good. Remain Blessed! Emeke Odili
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“Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called; and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified”—Romans 8:30 “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue”—2Peter 1:3 From the two opening text above, we see clearly that God has called every believer (the justified) to glory. As a matter of fact, the word of God says we have been glorified (past tense). It does not say ‘he will glorify’. So it’s already a done deal. Every believer in Christ Jesus has been glorified. What Is Divine Glory? As we begin to delve into this topic of walking in divine glory, it is very important we understand the meaning of divine glory or glorification. To understand and define divine glory biblically, let’s see what Jesus says is glory: “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me”—John 17:21-23 From this scripture above, the Lord reveals to us that divine glory or glorification is the consummation of God into a person and a person into God. Hence, we can define divine glory or glorification as divine consummation. In other words, glorification is the engraftment of ordinary humans into divinity. Glorification is the transformation of human nature into divine nature (2 Peter1:4). Glorification is the transformation of sons of men into sons of God (John 1:12). In summary, glorification is the transformation of men into gods (Psalms 82:6). And as such, the glorified believer possesses the attributes or features of divine grandeur or decoration. That is, all the features of God’s glory. These features or attributes of divine glory includes: light, flaming fire and precious living stone. Because we are born of the glorious God, we also possess all the above listed attributes of divine glory or grandeur… By the reason of the indwelling presence of the Almighty God in us through the Holy Ghost. Hence, the word of God tells us, that as he (Jesus) is, so are we in this world (1John 4:17). Our Attributes of Divine Glory I have already mentioned that the major attributes of divine glory or grandeur are: light, flaming fire and precious living stone. Scripturally these are the ways God manifests his glory. Then in the same manner, he has also glorified us with the exact same attributes. Let’s see this particular fact from scriptures: 1) Light: while Jesus was in the world he said; “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12) in the same manner, he also calls us the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). Hence, as God is light, we are also light.
2) Flaming Fire: When the prophet Ezekiel saw the glory of God, he saw him as a flaming fire (Ezekiel 1:26-27). And in the same manner, the word of God says God has made us his ministers, flame of fire (Hebrews 1:7). Thus, as the Lord is a flaming fire, we are also flaming fire.
3) Living Stone: When the Apostle John saw the Lord on his throne in the book of Revelation 4:2-3, he took on the glory of precious living stones. And similarly, the word of God says we are also lively or living stones (1Peter 2:5). So as the Lord is a living stone, he has also made us lively stones.
All these facts validates clearly that when the Lord says he has glorified us, he has actually glorified us indeed. He has made us partakers of his divine nature as sons of God and gods. This is a great work of his grace in the life of every believer. And the Lord will have us fully understand this fact and consequently walk in the light of this glorification… Because the major essence of this divine glorification, is so that he might be glorified through us. Because he is the God of gods, Lord of lords and King of kings. We are the gods, lords and kings being referred to here. The Lord God Almighty is our Supreme God, Lord and King.
And he is glorified as we live up to our godly status by the help of the Holy Spirit in us. To this end, the Lord admonishes; “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven”—Matthew 5:16.
To let our light shine before men as the Lord instructs us, we are to live out or walk in divine glory. Hence, we want to see scripturally, how to walk in divine glory… How to walk in Divine Glory
Letting our light shine before men as the Lord instructs us is simply walking in the fruits and Power of the spirit (John 15:8). And the list below is the ways to walk in divine glory:
1) Faith: The major way the Lord Jesus walked in divine glory while he was on earth, was through the demonstration of God’s miracle Power. And for us to demonstrate God’s miracle power to the glory of God—Just as Jesus did—we must exercise our faith. We must walk by faith as a lifestyle. The person that demonstrates God’s miracle Power through faith in God is walking in divine glory.
2) Love: A lifestyle of love is also a great scriptural way for us to truly walk in divine glory. We shine our light to the world around us by walking in divine love (agape). That is through sacrificing for people. Forgiving and forbearing people. Helping people bear their burden and caring for them in pure divine love.
3) Meekness: “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price”—1Peter 3:3-4. Hence meekness is how you walk in divine glory.
4) Godliness: You walk in divine glory by paying attention to holiness. A godly lifestyle is a life of divine glory. Godliness causes people to glorify God in the life of a believer.
So God has called us to glory and have lavishly glorified us for his own glory. And he desires us to walk in his glory. And the major way to walk in divine glorification is to be walking in the fruits and Power of the Spirit indwelling in us. Remain Blessed! Emeke Odili
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“Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and has given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling fragrance”-Ephesians 5:1-2 From the above scripture, the Lord instructs us to walk in love as Christ also has loved us. Hence, when we talk of love here, we are talking about God’s love (Agape)… This divine order of love can only be experienced and expressed in our lives by the help of the Holy Ghost in us. This kind of love is different from other kinds of natural affection mankind are used to. It is different from the love between spouses. It is different from the love between brothers and sisters. It is also far different from the love between best of friends. Apart from the God’s kind of love we are considering here, every other kind of affection is at best self-centered… God’s love can be best understood from what the word of God says in Romans 5:5-8; “And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shared abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die. Yet perhaps for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commends his love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. The above scripture reveals God’s love to us in very clear terms. It clearly contrasts the love of God with the self-centered, natural human love we have on earth. The scripture tells us that in due time Christ died for the ungodly, not the godly. It went further to say that hardly can someone even die for a just man—no matter how much affection we claim for the person along natural lines. But on the other hand, concerning God’s love; God demonstrated his perfect and impeccable love towards us… In that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Christ died for us even while we were still living in offence to him and his father. You definitely won’t find this kind of love in any human relationship. Along natural lines people love only those who please them and hate those who offend them. But the Lord commands that we love our neighbors in exactly the same manner he has loved us. The word of God from our opening scripture says we should walk in love as Christ also loved us. In other words, the Lord demands we walk exactly in his order or kind of love. Hence, in this article we want to scripturally see what constitutes walking in love. How to Walk In Love We have seen from our opening text that the Lord commands that we walk in love. But the question is what constitutes walking in love according to God’s standard? And how do we actually walk in love? The list below constitutes what is meant to be walking in love; and how to walk in love scripturally: 1. Forgiveness and Forbearance: “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do you”—Colossians 3:13. The greatest love God showed and still shows to mankind is forgiveness and forbearance of sin. As a matter of fact, forgiveness of sins is a major tenet of God’s new covenant (Hebrews 8:12). Hence, the Lord seriously demands that we forbear and forgive one another even as he forgave (and still) forgives us in love. As a matter of fact, the Lord says if we do not forgive others their trespasses against us, he won’t also forgive us our trespasses against him (Matthew 6:14-15 ). Thus, to be walking in forgiveness and forbearance with people, is a major way to walk in love. 2 Obedience to God’s Commandments: “He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me. And he that loves me shall be loved of my father, and I will love him and will manifest myself to him”- John 14:21. From the above scripture, the Lord clearly defines love for him to mean having his commandments or word and doing or practicing them. The love of God is not just hearing and speaking the word of God; but rather, it is hearing and doing. The Lord says anyone who does not keep or practice his sayings does not love him (John14:24). So to be practicing the word of God in our daily lives is to be walking in love as the Lord commands. 3 Sacrifice: Our opening text tells us to walk in love as Christ also has loved us and has given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God. Hence, God’s love is a sacrificial love. Christ loved us so much, he had to sacrifice himself for us. The Lord also tells us, greater love has no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends (John15:13). And the most remarkable thing about Christ’s sacrificial love is that, he did not just sacrifice his life for only his friends and godly… But much more, for the ungodly and his offenders. Thus, to walk in love as Christ did, we also have to follow this sacrificial example. To walk in Christ’s order of love, we must sacrifice for God and our neighbors. We must bear the burden of God’s work, especially soul winning. We must also bear our fellow believers burden. Then to be perfect in love, we must also bear the burden of the ungodly as well. We must sacrificially pray for the ungodly, including those that offend and despise us. We must cunningly use our words and attitude to draw them from their damnation. Hence, sacrificial lifestyle is a major way to walk in divine order of love. 4 Zealousness: Christ’s love, that the Lord instructs us to walk in, is a zealous love. In John 2, we see the Lord’s love for the father, expressed in his indignation towards those that bought and sold in the temple of God… In verse seventeen of that book of John chapter 2, the word of God says; “And his disciples remembered that it was written, the zeal of your house has consumed me”. Just as the Lord’s love is a zealous one, the same way we are also to be zealous or heated up in our love for God. To walk in divine love, is to be zealous for God and the things of God. The Lord does not want a lukewarm attitude towards him and his work. Instead, he requires a fervid or passionate love from us. We are to be consumed by the zeal of his house and everything concerning him. We are to be zealous in godliness. We are to be zealous in soul winning. We are to be zealous in our exercise of faith. Passivity is not acceptable in God’s order of love. Hence, to the lukewarm, the lord says; “Be zealous therefore, and repent”—Revelations 3:19. 5 Chastisement: In Revelation 3:19 the Lord says; “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten…” God’s love is a rebuking and chastening love. And to walk in his love, we must also rebuke and chasten people in love. If someone is in error or offence towards you or others or God, it is your responsibility to rebuke him. And as the scriptures says, as you rebuke the person and he repents you should forgive him (Luke 17:3). But if you rebuke someone and he is recalcitrant, if you can find a subtle way to discipline the person in love, do so. Then if the person remains unrepentant in spite of your rebukes and disciplinary measures, still forgive the person for your own good. So the above list is the major ways to walk in divine love as the Lord commands us. Remain Blessed! Emeke Odili
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