More than just a few times in my lifetime I have entertained the thought of ‘fearing God’ and what that might mean. Some folks, myself included, have said that ‘fearing God’ is not what we might think. But, what is meant by that? There may be more than just these two responses, but these may be the most often repeated: “Our fear is outright trembling kind of fear because Jesus said this in Matthew 10:28, ‘Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.’” NASB. And, we have also been just a bit apologetic and touted that our fear is nothing less than a high degree of respect for the Mosaic Law tells us in Leviticus 19:14, “You shall not curse a deaf man, nor place a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall revere your God; I am the LORD.” And in v 32 we find this, “You shall rise up before the grayheaded and honor the aged, and you shall revere your God; I am the LORD.” Therefore, the question remains, “What does it mean to ‘fear God?’”
However, Paul tells us, “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1. The Apostle’s admonishment is that Believers must be in continuous activity to keep our relationship with God absolutely pure because of our enduring respect of His holiness. “these promises” which Paul speaks are found in the last few sentences of chapter 6 in which is found that our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit, a compelling reason for respect of the Almighty.
Here, then is the answer to our question of “fearing God,” we should stand in mortal fear of the very fact that this God who is the One who created heaven and earth and all that is contained therein AND we should revere Him because He alone is Holy. He holds in His absolute power to give life to the lifeless in spirit and to judge soul to eternal damnation who might deny Him. “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:18. Jesus is Lord.