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BEHOLD (NOT JUST THE GOODNESS BUT ALSO) "THE SEVERITY OF GOD"

HOW FEAR IS USED OF GOD:

Acts 2:43 "And fear (Strongs # 5401) came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles."

FEAR: 5401 phobos {fob'-os} from a primary phebomai (to be put in fear) AV - fear 41, terror 3, GK -5832 ("fovbo") 1) fear, dread, terror, that which strikes terror 2) reverence for one's husband

1Tim.5:21 KJV "Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear." (Strongs #5401) (Example of fear used as a deterrent to sin)
Heb. 2:15 KJV "And deliver them who through fear (Strongs #5401) of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage" (Example of fear used to deliver souls.)

which is not the same as an "EVIL SPIRIT" Acts 19:16-18 KJV "And the man in whom the evil spirit (STRONGS #4190) was leaped on them, and overcame them, and (the evil spirit) prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded..."

"...And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear (i.e., godly fear) (Strongs #5401) fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds."

EVIL: 4190 poneros {pon-ay-ros'} from a derivative of 4192;
AV -evil 51, wicked 10, wicked one 6, evil things 2, GK - 4505 { ponhrov"}

1) full of labors, annoyances, hardships 1a) pressed and harassed by labors
1b) bringing toils, annoyances, perils; of a time full of peril to Christian faith and steadfastness; causing pain and trouble
2) bad, of a bad nature or condition 2a) in a physical sense: diseased or blind 2b) in an ethical sense: evil, wicked, bad

The word is used in the nominative case in Mt. 6:13. This usually denotes a title in the Greek. Hence Christ is saying, deliver us from "The Evil", and is probably referring to Satan.

1 Cor. 2:3 KJV "And I was with you in weakness, (Strongs #769) and in fear, (Strongs #5401) and in much trembling." (Strongs #5156)

WEAKNESS: 769 astheneia {as-then'-i-ah} from 772; AV- infirmity 17, weakness 5, disease 1, sickness 1, 24 GK - 819 lack or want of strength, weakness, infirmity. of the body: its native weakness and frailty, feebleness of health or sickness, of the soul: lack of strength and capacity requisite to understand a thing, to do things great and glorious, to restrain corrupt desires, to bear trials and troubles.

FEAR: 5401 phobos {fob'-os} from a primary phebomai (to be put in fear) AV - fear 41, terror 3, GK - 5832 {fovbo"} 1) fear, dread, terror, that which strikes terror 2) reverence for one's husband

TREMBLING: 5156 tromos {trom'-os} from 5141 AV - trembling 4, tremble + 2192 1; 5 GK - 5571 1) a trembling or quaking with fear with fear and trembling, used to describe the anxiety of one who distrusts his ability completely to meet all requirements, but religiously does his utmost to fulfil his duty. 5141 tremo {trem'-o} strengthened from primary (to "dread", "terrify") AV - tremble 4; 4 GK - 5554 1) tremble 2) to fear, be afraid

1John 4:18 KJV "There is no fear (Strongs #5401) in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: (Strongs #5401) because fear (Strongs #5401) hath torment. He that feareth (Strongs #5399 -not the same kind of fear) is not made perfect in love."

FEAR: 5401 phobos {fob'-os} from a primary phebomai (to be put in fear) AV - fear 41, terror 3, GK - 5832 {fovbo"} 1) fear, dread, terror, that which strikes terror 2) reverence for one's husband

FEARETH: 5399 phobeo {fob-eh'-o} from 5401 AV- fear 62, be afraid 23, be afraid of 5, reverence 1, GK-5828 {fobevomai} & 5830 {fobevw} 1) to put to flight by terrifying (to scare away), to put to flight, to flee, to fear, be afraid. 1b) to be struck with fear, to be seized with alarm, of those startled by strange sights or occurrences, of those struck with amazement, to fear, be afraid of one, to fear (i.e. hesitate) to do something (for fear of harm) 1c) to reverence, venerate, to treat with deference or reverential obedience. For synonyms see entries 1605, ekplesso; 4422, ptoeo; and 5141, tremo. See entry 5841 for comparison of synonyms.

Rev. 11:11 KJV "And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear (Strongs #5401) fell upon them which saw them."

FEAR: 5401 phobos {fob'-os} from a primary phebomai (to be put in fear) AV - fear 41, terror 3, GK - 5832 {fovbo"} 1) fear, dread, terror, that which strikes terror 2) reverence for one's husband

Rev. 18:10-11 KJV "And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning. Standing afar off for the fear (Strongs #5401) of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come."

FEAR: 5401 phobos {fob'-os} from a primary phebomai (to be put in fear) AV - fear 41, terror 3, GK - 5832 {fovbo"} 1) fear, dread, terror, that which strikes terror 2) reverence for one's husband

Rev. 18:15-20 KJV "The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear (Strongs #5401) of her torment, weeping and wailing, And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every ship master, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her."

FEAR: 5401 phobos {fob'-os} from a primary phebomai (to be put in fear) AV - fear 41, terror 3, GK - 5832 {fovbo"} 1) fear, dread, terror, that which strikes terror 2) reverence for one's husband

Romans 13:3 KJV "For rulers are not a terror (Strongs #5401) to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid (Strongs #5399) of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good."

TERROR (5401) SAME AS FEAR (5401)
5401 phobos {fob'-os}
from a primary phebomai (to be put in fear) AV - fear 41, terror 3, GK - 5832 {fovbo"} 1) fear, dread, terror, that which strikes terror 2) reverence for one's husband

Romans 13: 4 KJV "But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; (Strongs #5399) for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil."

"BE AFRAID" (# 5399) SAME AS "FEARETH" (#5399) 5399 phobeo {fob-eh'-o} from 5401 AV-fear 62, be afraid 23, be afraid of 5, reverence 1, GK-5828 {fobevomai} & 5830 {fobevw} 1) to put to flight by terrifying (to scare away), to put to flight, to flee, to fear, be afraid. 1b) to be struck with fear, to be seized with alarm, of those startled by strange sights or occurrences, of those struck with amazement, to fear, be afraid of one, to fear (i.e. hesitate) to do something (for fear of harm) 1c) to reverence, venerate, to treat with deference or reverential obedience. For synonyms see entries 1605, ekplesso; 4422, ptoeo; and 5141, tremo. See entry 5841 for comparison of synonyms.

1 Pe 3:12-15 KJV "For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear." (Strongs #5401)

FEAR: 5401 phobos {fob'-os} from a primary phebomai (to be put in fear) AV - fear 41, terror 3, GK - 5832 {fovbo"} 1) fear, dread, terror, that which strikes terror 2) reverence for one's husband

Romans 13:7 KJV "Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear (Strongs #5401) to whom fear (Strongs #5401); honour (Strongs #5092) to whom honour." (Strongs #5092)

FEAR: 5401 phobos {fob'-os} from a primary phebomai (to be put in fear) AV - fear 41, terror 3, GK - 5832 {fovbo"} 1) fear, dread, terror, that which strikes terror 2) reverence for one's husband

HONOUR: 5092 time {tee-may'} from 5099; AV - honour 35, price 8, sum 1, precious 1; 43 GK -5507 1) valuing by which the price is fixed, of the price itself of the price paid or received for a person or thing bought or sold 2) honour which belongs or is shown to one 2a) of the honour which one has by reason of rank and state of office which he holds; deference, reverence.

2 Tim.1: 7 KJV "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; (Strongs #1167) but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

spirit of fear (Strongs #1167) means "fearfulness" as in "cowardice" 1167 deilia {di-lee'-ah} from 1169 AV-fear 1; 1 GK-1261 1) timidity, fearfulness, cowardice

There is a "spirit of fear" which God has not given us, but this refers to a cowardice of spirit: God has not given us cowardice or timidity of spirit "but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (Strongs #1167) this refers to cowardice or timidity of our spirit, it refers to "fearfulness which is timidity of spirit", it does not refer to other types of fear!

Having a sense of fear that is profitable to the body is not the same as having a spirit of cowardice! Fearing the adverse consequences of serious injuries is what keeps you from jumping off the top of a 12 story buildings just for the fun of it. Refraining from jumping off a building for fear of the consequences is not a "spirit of cowardice" but of a sound mind!

Children often lack fear and so can be dangerous to themselves; some are desensitized against fear of consequences for their actions and so lawlessness increases. The same thing is true when Christians are not taught a reverential fear of God and a fear of consequences for their actions. Simply because God forgives our sins, sometimes the consequences remain.

Although God does not give us a "spirit of fear" He does use fear of evil &/or fear of adverse consequences as a deterrent. Acts 5:5 KJV "And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear (Strongs #5401) came on all them that heard these things." Acts 5:9-13 KJV "Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. And great fear (Strongs #5401) came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things. And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them."
Contrary to what a lot of (apostate) churches would like you to think, God does send evil spirits as a judgment against those who depart from Him.

Throughout the word of God throughout the Old Testament through to the Book of the Revelation of the Lord (Rev.16:13-14 Rev. 9:3) the Lord repeatedly sends evil spirits to oppress His people -most often to turn them, but sometimes He does so in judgment so that others may fear (as He did with Ananias and Sapphira.) However, the most well known biblical example of God sending an evil spirit as a judgment that others may fear is in the case of Saul: 1Sam.16: 15-16 KJV "And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth (Strongs #1204) thee. Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well."

1204 ba`ath {baw-ath'} primitive root; AV -afraid 10, terrify 3, affrighted 1, trouble 2; 16 GK - 1286 1) to terrify, startle, fall upon, dismay, be overtaken by sudden terror 1a) (Niphal) to be terrified 1b) (Piel) to fall upon, overwhelm 1b 2) to terrify

The Lord also delivers some over to torment (tormentors: evil spirits) by sending evil (in order to turn) those who will not be turned any other way. This is why Paul mentioned certain individuals whom he had delivered over to Satan for the purposes of their correction. 1 Tim.1:20 KJV "Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme." And Jesus gave this parable concerning how God will turn people over to torment by evil spirits: "And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him." -and Jesus Himself went on to explain the application of that parable to us: "So also will my Heavenly Father do also to you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses." Mt.18: 34,35 KJV

God sent Satan himself against Job according to His purposes. And in the process, Job learned about the omniscience of God, the Sovereignty of God, the Providence of God and the Wisdom of God even in the suffering He allows.

The churches trend toward a positive only gospel is pure hogwash: men worshiping the god of forces, if it is "positive" (in man's sight) it is worshiped, but if it seems "negative" (in the shortsightedness of man) then it is cast out as evil! (Woe unto you who call good "evil" and call evil "good".)

Deut. 32:39 KJV "See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand."

Don't ever let anyone lie to you and tell you that God never sends evil (according to His purposes) some of God's greatest deliverance on behalf of His people were wrought in the midst of turmoil --why? all too often the people of God would not turn back to Him until He allowed them to become physically, economically and spiritually oppressed.

And don't ever let anyone tell you that God never uses evil spirits or that He never uses fear (according to His purposes) ! In His word the Lord showed how those who would not be corrected (hardened their hearts) no longer feared God because their fear of Him was "taught of men" -meaning the fear of God in their lives had been "undermined or removed" by doctrines of men, by teachers who twist the word of God to appeal to itching ears! Those who maintain that because His "perfect love casts out all fear" that means that God "never uses fear" but they are liars against the truth, teachers who supplant the truth in their adulteration of God's word! Interestingly enough, their error appeals most to those who shun correction; they have no fear of God having been taught of men not to have any fear of God. This men do through the teaching of slanted precepts, twisted positive-only men-pleasing doctrines by which men remove the "fear of the Lord" as a healthy scriptural deterrent to disobedience:

But GOD does use fear as a deterrent to disobedience:

MT.10: 28 KJV "And fear (Strongs # 5399) not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him (Strongs # 5399) which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."

FEAR (#5399) SAME AS "BE AFRAID" (# 5399) SAME AS "FEARETH" (# 5399) 5399 phobeo {fob-eh'-o} from 5401 AV-fear 62, be afraid 23, be afraid of 5, reverence 1, GK-5828 {fobevomai} & 5830 {fobevw} 1) to put to flight by terrifying (to scare away), to put to flight, to flee, to fear, be afraid. 1b) to be struck with fear, to be seized with alarm, of those startled by strange sights or occurrences, of those struck with amazement, to fear, be afraid of one, to fear (i.e. hesitate) to do something (for fear of harm) 1c) to reverence, venerate, to treat with deference or reverential obedience. For synonyms see entries 1605, ekplesso; 4422, ptoeo; and 5141, tremo. See entry 5841 for comparison of synonyms.

Adapted excerpt from Vines Expository Dictionary: in view of Matt. 10:28, e.g., it seems best to understand it as that which is caused by the intimidation of adversaries; (b) reverential fear of God, as a controlling motive of the life, in matters spiritual and moral, not a mere fear of His power and righteous retribution, but a wholesome dread of displeasing Him, fear [Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom: the fear of God in the fear of Christ] banishes the terror that shrinks from His presence, Rom. 8:15, influences the disposition and attitude of one whose circumstances are guided by trust in God, through the indwelling Spirit of God, Acts 9:31; Rom. 3:18; 2 Cor. 7:1; Eph. 5:21 (R.V., "the fear of Christ"); Phil. 2:12; 1 Pet. 1:17 (a comprehensive phrase: the reverential fear of God will inspire a constant carefulness in dealing with others in His fear); 3:2, 15; the association of "fear and trembling," as, e.g., in Phil. 2:12, has in the Sept. a much sterner import, e.g., Gen. 9:2; Ex. 15:16; Deut. 2:25; 11:25; Ps. 55:5; Is. 19:16; (2) of superiors, e.g., Rom. 13:7; 1 Pet. 2:18. See Terror.

Hebrews 5: 7-9 KJV "Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; (Strongs #2124) Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him."

GODLY FEAR:

2124 eulabeia {yoo-lab'-i-ah} from 2126; AV - godly fear 1, fear 1; 2 GK-2325 {eujlavbeia}
1) caution, circumspection, discretion, 1a) avoidance; a reasonable shunning
2) reverence, veneration; reverence toward God, godly fear, piety
3) fear anxiety, dread

WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE SPIRIT OF BONDAGE:

Romans 8:15 KJV "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage (Strongs #1397) again to fear (Strongs #5401) but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father."

BONDAGE: 1397 douleia {doo-li'-ah} from 1398; AV - bondage 5; 5 GK - 1525 {douleiva}
1) slavery, bondage, the condition of a slave

HOWEVER IF WE WILLFULLY SIN AFTER WE HAVE RECEIVED THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH, WE HAVE REASON TO FEAR:

HEB. 10: 26-31 KJV "For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful (Strongs #5398) looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful (Strongs #5398) thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (bold print and underlining added for emphasis).

5398 phoberos {fob-er-os'} from 5401; adj AV - fearful 2, terrible 1; 3 GK - 5829 {foberov"} 1) inspiring fear, terrible, formidable 2) affected with fear, timid For synonyms see entries 1167, deilia; and 2124, eulabeia. See entry 5835 for comparison of synonyms.

ROMANS 11:14-32 KJV "If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: (Strongs #5399) For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off."

FEAR(#5399)SAME AS "BE AFRAID" (#5399) SAME AS FEARETH (# 5399)
5399 phobeo {fob-eh'-o} from 5401
AV-fear 62, be afraid 23, be afraid of 5, reverence 1, GK-5828 {fobevomai} & 5830 {fobevw} 1) to put to flight by terrifying (to scare away), to put to flight, to flee, to fear, be afraid. 1b) to be struck with fear, to be seized with alarm, of those startled by strange sights or occurrences, of those struck with amazement, to fear, be afraid of one, to fear (i.e. hesitate) to do something (for fear of harm) 1c) to reverence, venerate, to treat with deference or reverential obedience. For synonyms see entries 1605, ekplesso; 4422, ptoeo; and 5141, tremo. See entry 5841 for comparison of synonyms.


M. Weiland (AKA "Noteye" Gal. 2:20) posted July 1998, UPDATED April 10, 2003