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What does it mean to fear God?


Ecclesiastes 5:7

ESV - 7 For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity; but God is the one you must fear.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I would say that, for the Christian, "fear" in relationship to God is a mixture of awe, respect, reverence, and obedience that is an appropriate response to a Being who is infinite, eternal, omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent. It is the deference that humans exhibit toward earthly authority figures, but magnified to the nth degree.

However, "fear" can also refer to a justified sense of terror based on the knowledge of the temporal and eternal punishment that God is capable of (and fully justified in) administering to those who do not avail themselves through faith in Christ of the means of salvation (attaining eternal life) that God has provided (Luke 12:4-5).

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