Fear of God

Why Fear God?

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Fear of God
ACTS 10 BIBLE STUDY
Acts 10:24-33 Peter and Cornelius

Acts 10:34-35 Fear of God

Acts 10:36-41 Lord of All
Acts 10:42-48 Holy Spirit Falls
ACTS 10:34-35  34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. 35 But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.

Why should we fear God when He called us His friend and children?
Imagine the president or the king of your country showing up at your doorsteps and calling you his friend. Will you then slap him on his back, put your arm around his neck and start to play around? Or will you pay even greater respect to the head of your country for graciously calling you his friend? When the Creator of the universe calls us his friends - "You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you." (John 15:14-15) - and His children - "He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name" (John 1:11-12) - we should humble ourselves even more and heed His command to "do whatever" He commands and to "believe in His name." So while God is someone for us to love, respect, honor, rely on, glorify and confide in, He is also someone for us to fear, which the Bible says is the beginning of wisdom: "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding" (Proverbs 9:10).

How much more does God favor an affluent Christian in a 'developed' nation compared to a poor one in a 'developing' nation?
"God shows no partiality" (Acts 10:34) and accepts Christians from "every nation" (Acts 10:35). An affluent person who considers himself to be Christian in fact has more cause for concern than a poor person with the same belief: "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God" (Mark 10:25).

Is Peter saying that to be "accepted by" God, a gentile must be one who "works righteousness" (Acts 10:35)?
Not only a gentile but everyone must work righteousness, but "righteousness" as defined by the Bible, which is believing in God: "And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, 'Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.' And he was called the friend of God" (James 2:23).

What is exceptional about the statement quoted in Acts 10:34-35?
It was made about the gentiles by someone who until just hours earlier had considered them to be unclean. The Holy Spirit had done a quick work on Peter's racism and nationalism.

Do you have any that needs His work?
 

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