In 2 Corinthians 5:11 says, “Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience.” This verse is interesting because it points us to a couple of significant truths that we must grapple with. First, we have this phrase, “fear of the Lord”. The word here translated as “fear” carries with it the connotation of respect, reverence, awe. It is not an irrational fear, the kind of fear that I have for needles for instance. Fear of the Lord is something that is the result of what Paul was talking about in verse 10, the reality that we must all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. This reality brings him to the place where he “knows” the Fear-of-the-Lord. Eugene Peterson in Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places talks about how “fear of the Lord” is how we relate to the God of the universe as he really is, the triune God of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- Close your eyes, imagine God’s face. What does it look like? Is he smiling or frowning? Why?
- Read Ephesians 1. Grab a journal or piece of paper or open a doc file and list out all the things that are true of the follower of Jesus. Spend five minutes meditating on the list. What stands out as most significant to you? Now read question #1 again. Did your answer change?
- What do you think it means for a person to be known as a child of God? How does it make you feel that God chose you to be his child?
More questions coming tomorrow…