J. Gresham Machen and the fear of God

J. Gresham Machen, “The Fear of God,” emphasis mine:

Even the Christian must fear God. But it is another kind of fear. It is a fear rather of what might have been than of what is; it is a fear of what would come were we not in Christ. Without such fear there can be no true love; for love of the Saviour is proportioned to one’s horror of that from which man has been saved. And how strong are the lives that are suffused with such a love! They are lives brave, not because the realities of life have been ignored, but because they have first been faced — lives that are founded upon the solid foundation of God’s grace. May such lives be ours!

May such a life be mine.

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One response to this post.

  1. I was told this on a Halloween sermon back in elementary school.
    You can imagine how confused I was – be fearful of a God full of love?

    Thank God I now understand.

    see you at the beach house!

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