I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. 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! Luke 12:4-5
The soul is immortal, and it will have sensibility forever. No one can kill the soul. If all the angels in heaven, and all the men on earth, could lay all their strength together, they cannot kill or annihilate one soul. If it may be said; ‘God cannot do what he will not do’; then he cannot annihilate the soul. Notwithstanding all his wrath and vengeance that he will inflict on sinful souls, they yet shall abide as conscience and sensible beings, yet to endure, yet to bear punishment. If anything could kill the soul, it would be death; but death cannot do it – neither the first nor second death. When the rich man died as to his body, his soul was found alive in hell (Luke 16:23). The second death cannot do it, for the worm never dies, but is always torturing them with his gnawing (Mark 9:44). This shows the greatness of the soul; it has an endless life and will always be living. O what a thing is the soul; it has an endless life and will always be living. O what a thing is the soul! The soul is capable of understanding invisible things: angels, yea, the highest and supreme being, even the holy God of heaven. God sought the souls of man for companionship, and the soul is capable of communion with him when the darkness of sin is removed. The soul has intelligent power, and it can know and understand depths, heights, lengths, and breadths, I those high, sublime, and spiritual mysteries that only God can reveal and teach; yea, it is capable of hearing, knowing, and understanding his mind when opened and revealed to it. I think I may say, without offence to God or man, that one reason why God made the world was that he might manifest himself, not only by, but to the works which he made. O what great things are the souls of the sons of men!
In 1961, A.W. Tozer wrote in The Knowledge of the Holy that the way some Christians think about God is sinful. Dr. Arnold Frank, in The Fear of God: A Forgotten Doctrine confirms that the 21st century church, in the pew as well as the pulpit, continues to regard God as impotent and irrelevant in other words, without godly fear. As such, Dr. Frank, with a theologian’s skill and a pastor’s heart, walks us through the Scriptures, letting the Word of God speak about the fear of God.
In addition to clear, biblical exposition, Dr. Frank also weaves in the wise and timeless counsel of the Puritans to help us see how the fear of God is a most needed and practical doctrine.
Do you approach God with a godly fear? The Fear of God: A Forgotten Doctrine will be a skillful and gracious reminder of how we should regard the holy, sovereign Creator.
“The biblical concept of the fear of God is too often marginalized or ignored by the Christian church and its preachers today. The result is shallow views of sin, easy belief, and antinomianism. With the aid of Puritan preachers, Arnold Frank sounds a clarion call for a biblical and sure approach to the fear of God.” Joel Beeke (President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary)