Biblical Audio Commentary – The Heart of Faith
At the heart of faith and trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior is fear and reverence in Almighty God, or the lack of it. To have true believing loyalty, one must approach God with the understanding stated in Luke 12:5:
“But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!”
We know that unbelievers certainly don’t see or experience God in this way. The question is: Where do many people in the church who are saved stand on this issue despite the warning of Jesus?
This absence of fear and reverence is evidenced all the way back to the Garden when the serpent asked Eve in Genesis 3:1: “Did God really say?” Right there we see that this spiritual entity had Daddy issues, so to speak. His problem from the beginning was that he saw no distinction between himself and his Creator. If we can use the human terms: as the vessel, he saw himself as equal or superior to the potter.
This kind of attitude for unbelieving humanity results in such a question like Pontius Pilate asked Jesus in Luke 18:38: “What is truth?” It leads to the next obvious question/statement: “Who is this Yahweh – this God – of which you speak?” By denying the fear and reverence of the Living God, it brings Him down to our level, while simultaneously lifting ourselves up in pride and arrogance – displaying our own egotistic, and extremely sinful, nature
Yet, what a mistake this is! Note what Moses said in Deuteronomy 5:26:
For who is there of all flesh, that has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of fire as we have, and has still lived?
As ominously, here is what Hebrews 10:31 says in this regard:
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
But despite these warnings, the world couldn’t care less. It denies Christ because it despises God.
Where the problem really sets in is when the church takes a ho-hum attitude and treats God as an accessory, or as Ray Comfort once said, as a Divine Butler (The Way of the Master – Season 3 – Episode 5 – https://livingwaters.com/store/video/season-three-episodes/):
“We can’t do such things and click our fingers and expect God to come running like some sort of divine butler. As a nation like Israel of old, we are like an adulteress wife. And there can be no reconciliation without genuine repentance. It is not enough to acknowledge God with our lips but at the same time deny his divine power and authority in our lives. As our creator, God demands total surrender to his will. The first and greatest Commandment is to love him with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength. To fail to do so and at the same time give ourselves to sin is asking for God’s judgment. This is something our forefathers knew and proclaimed. Even insurance companies got it right. If there is a tornado, a flood, a drought or an earthquake, they call it “an act of God.” “
Let’s be honest. How many true Christians, i.e. those who are actually saved, live in fear and reverence of the Lord so as to obey Him, rather than follow their own desires to live in and for the world and the things of the flesh?
Are most people in the church who meet the actual definition of Christian (as opposed to those whom I call ChINOs, i.e. Christian in Name Only) really acting as the Bride of Christ who is keeping herself pure for her beloved Bridegroom? If not, as I’ve questioned recently regarding the church’s lack of preparation and living for the world versus viewing it as an alien place, might there be consequences for this?
If those who are supposed to come before the Lord in fear and reverence fail to do so, what does that say about their purity as Christ’s Bride? Will God take steps to rectify this problem when the time of the Rapture with the following Tribulation comes about? I’ve suggested He just might. Obviously, I can’t say for sure in a dogmatic way, but this possibility should be a warning to those in Christ but not living for Christ. Sadly, few in that situation will either hear or heed such counsel.
The best we can do between now and when Jesus mercifully returns for His faithful followers is for ourselves to obediently do all that He commanded. The world is dying. The church is rapidly falling away to greater apostasy. Can some still be saved before that fateful and glorious day when Christ calls us home?
We can only try to warn them. When we do our job, it pleases the Lord. Shouldn’t we all want to do that?