Fear God, He can kill the soul!

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Fear God, he is not safe! C. S. Lewis, referring to Aslan, the Lion, in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe said: “He’s not safe, but he’s good.  God is good, there is no doubt about that, but is He safe?  Are we as Christians in no danger of being harshly disciplined by God the Father? Is there a need for the Christian to fear God?

In Matthew chapter 10 Jesus called His twelve disciples unto Himself and gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.  He also instructed them on how and where to preach.  Then in verse 28 after warning them that they would be persecuted He added:

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Since Jesus was speaking to His disciples what He meant here is that Christians should not fear what others do to their bodies.  God is the only one that they should fear, for God has the authority to cast them both soul and body in hell.  We should fear God alone who is the only one who has the authority to discipline us after death.  We should have no fear of those who can only kill the body.

The Lord continued in verses 32 and 33

“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.  But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” 

Christians can be divided into two groups: those who confess Him and those who deny Him, those that fear God and those that don’t.  Some confess His name while others do not, thus effectively denying Him.  Some are willing to be persecuted because of the gospel while others avoid persecution and any type of suffering.  Some will be ashamed and conceal their faith preferring man’s recognition above God’s recognition.  Others confess the Lord openly and are ready and willing to be martyred if the Lord so requires.  Apparently this is very important to the Lord.  We should not shrink from the suffering that comes through confessing the Lord before men.  If we do not confess Him we commit a highly offensive sin more serious than many others.  The Lord in turn will not confess our names before the angels of God. That alone is reason to fear God.

These words of Christ about not confessing their name before the angels implies being cast into hell or being thrown into prison as He taught in the Sermon on the Mount.  This confessing before the angels is a matter of recognition not of relationship.  Christ has relationship with all of His “brethren” but He will not recognize all of His brethren at the judgment.  Just as a judge may not recognize even his own son if the son is guilty before the law.

Jesus spoke in a similar manner in Revelation 3:5.

“He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”

I believe that this will happen at the time of the Judgment Seat of Christ.  The book of life where the names of all those who have been born again are written will be opened in the presence of the Lord and His angles.  Apparently, at this time, an angel will then read off each of the names written down, and the Lord Jesus will confess some of these names.  Those whose names He confesses will then enter the kingdom while those whose names He doesn’t confess will not enter.  The names of the unregenerate, the unsaved do not even appear in the book of life at all.  The names of the regenerate but defeated are included but not confessed when they are called and the names of the regenerate overcomers at the time of the kingdom will be recognized and ushered into the kingdom.

Christians should fear God, not because He may send them to hell but because He will discipline them as a loving but firm father disciplines his children. Fear God, it is the begining of knowledge and the foundation to a responsible Christian experience.

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