Serving in Love without Fear

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In our study of Christian Liberty, we come to this statement in the WCF, XX, i, regarding Christ's giving us the ability to yield obedience unto God, "not out of slavish fear, but a child-like love, and willing mind."

Our focus was on 1 John 4:18.

We looked at Ephesians 5:21, where we are instructed to submit to one another out of fear of Christ, and Ephesians 5:33, where wives are instructed to fear their husbands. In their contexts, these verses are not talking about fear the way that 1 John 4:18 does, even though the Greek words are the same (phobos/phobeō; φόβος/φοβέω). That word is rightly translated in Ephesians as "respect"; whereas, John is thinking about "fear" involving punishment.

We also looked at Romans 8:14-15 and thought about the example of Joe D. Norward's love for his father.

We also contrasted the celebration of vengeance in Esther 8:16-17; 9:4-15, 18, with the Lord Jesus' cry from the cross (Luke 23:34). What a picture of 2 Corinthians 3:6-9!

Our sins were laid on Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21). The veil of the Temple has been ripped open once and for all (Matthew 27:51; Mark 15:38). And now all genders and ethnicities may enter the presence of God with boldness (Hebrews 9:11-14; 10:9-22).

That freedom from fear causes us to serve the Lord joyfully.

Mar 12, 2023
Sunday Service
1 John 4:18; Romans 8:14-28
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