Living in Holy Fear


“If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but withprecious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
1 Peter 1:17-19 NASB

In our understanding of the love and grace of the Lord, this first verse is a bit difficult on us. We do call our God, Father, recognizing that He is our source in all things, life, food, physical life, spiritual life, etc…. He clearly defines Himself throughout the entire Bible as the one who is impartial in every way. He is not granting favor to anyone on the basis of their humanity at all, but totally on the basis of the finished work of Christ (I consider the work of Christ finished after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost – not before).

So what is this encouragement addressing? We are told to conduct ourselves “in fear during our time on earth…”. The word used here for fear is “phobos” which means “to be put to flight, panic flight, fear, the causing of fear, terror, etc…”. Why does the Holy Spirit tell us to behave ourselves in “fear” or “terror?” I believe the answer is in the rest of the verse, “knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with the percious blood,as of a lamb unblemished andspotless, the blood of Christ.”

There was a very high price paid for us. The treasure of Heaven, Christ Himself and the precious blood which had remained sinless in His time here. This was God’s only blood and man’s only spotless blood, poured out on earth like a common thing to be disgarded and buried under soil. Because of this high price that we cost, for us to live in such a way that says that blood is of no value is an offense in the God-Head. It is to count our value is nothing.

Now our Lord has forgiven us, and placed in us the Holy Spirit. We are heaven bound. However, I suspect that when the blood is devalued in our earthly minds and then we live it out – counting it worthless, then we place ourselves in danger of not being fully able to comprehend spiritual realms available to every believer. The thinking then can become exceedingly warped, unable to live the holy life given as a gift, we simply live in shadows of our true identity. The life then becomes one of strife and weakness instead of peace and strength.

Now that is my opinion of what happens. You can take it and work with it, or simply disgard it. But whatever we do, let us not disregard the price paid. That is for the next post.

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