Commentary By: Gordon King
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
A spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind.
We have the power of Christ living within us to do great and wonderful things. It is not by our own power but God’s power that we do these things.
We have a spirit of love, the love of God within us to love others. It is not given to us to hate but to love, to help, and to encourage others. Let us encourage others from the spirit that God has given us.
We have also been given a sound mind, a mind to think and reason from a godly perspective. Not a mind that is wishy-washy, not a mind which cannot reason, but a mind that has the ability to see clearly and make wise decisions, a mind to discern what is right from what is wrong.
The good Lord wants us to know that we are loved, that He loves us, and that He wants the best for us. Our salvation is eternal life, eternal life with God forever! We have been given an inheritance, an inheritance which is eternal and can never be taken away, an inheritance which can never be destroyed, it can never wither nor can it die, it lasts forever, and that’s a very long time!
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
The fear of the Lord, knowing that God is all-powerful and all-mighty, knowing that only He has the power to send our souls to hell forever. Knowing these things is the beginning of knowledge but not the end. For the unbeliever the fear of the Lord is a dreadful thing, however for the Christian it is an awesome thing!
The unbeliever will fear what is coming, eternal destruction. But the believer has an “unconditional” covenant with God, a seal which can never be broken, a promise of eternal life with God! Fear of the Lord for the believer is reverence and awe of the Lord.
“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”
Fear for the believer is having respect for and obedience to the Lord, knowing that He is almighty, knowing that He is in control of all things, and knowing that He gives all things. It is knowing that if we are not obedient then we will be chastised for our disobedience, but also that God is the rewarder of those who earnestly seek Him.
The question at hand is: “Do we know God?” Have we ever known God? We either have or we have not. You cannot unknow someone once you have known them, just as you cannot unknow God once you have known Him.
We can pretend that we know God, we can deceive ourselves and others into believing that we know God, but the fact of the matter is we either know God or we don’t, whether or not we deceive ourselves or others.
There will come a day when Jesus says to some: “I never knew you, depart from me!”
Scripture is very clear that those who belong to Christ are His forever! That nothing will be able to snatch us out of His mighty hands. That once we are saved (given eternal life with God), then we are sealed by the Holy Spirit until our day of redemption. That’s encouraging to know as it is meant to be. God wants us to know that when we are saved, once Jesus Christ paid our debt, that He purchased us as His own possession, we belong to Him and we always will! God protects what is His and He will not allow anyone or anything to steal it away from Him. We are not to fear what will happen to us after death once we are saved, that’s the whole point of salvation!
And so it goes, God gives us His love and encouragement, and we are to be like God, giving of ourselves, loving one another, encouraging one another. Ours is a spirit of love, and from that spirit we are to love just as Christ first loved us!
Faith is what we as believers in Jesus Christ have, it is faith in God and His promises, faith that what we cannot see but have been told by God is real and true, faith that what God says He will do He will do, it is believing that ours is not to fear but to have the hope of our resurrection into eternal life forever! Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Jesus tells us to have faith, Christianity is based upon faith, without faith we cannot please God, it is impossible!
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.“
God bless my friends! Maranatha!