When he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. 2 Thessalonians 1:10
Believers honour God, therefore he will hour them. Never did anyone lose by seeking to honour God. God not only will honour them in that day of visitation; he casts honour upon them in this life. One might ask, ‘How does the Lord honour his faithful? Are we not made as the filth of the world?’ Certainly this blessing is not absolutely complete in this life. As long as there is sin we are liable to shame. In our life we might expect mixed dispensations. Here we pass through honour and dishonor, evil report and good report. Here, God only begin to glorify and honour us. General applause can seldom be had without compliance, and without some sin (John 15:19). O that we would not give opportunity in our daily walk for the reproach of the wicked, but that our only crime would be our profession! They had nothing against Daniel but only in the matter of God (Dan. 6:5). If we are concerned about our good report in the exercise of our faith, is this not vain-glory? We need to take care that duty comes first, and leave the blessing to God. Men usually do the opposite. They would enjoy the blessing, and neglect the duty. Some are careless of service, and yet hunt for praise. We must take heed of secret whispers of vanity, imaginations of applause, and like carnal reflections. We should seek our blessings from God, and not man. When blessings come from him out of his grace, it is for our encouragement in our faith. Certainly the glory of God should be our first and primary goal. Usually, men desire a name in the world to promote carnal advantages, but our main end should always be God’s glory. We should always eye ourselves only as means to this great end. The honour we do receive is a sweet encouragement to us in the ongoing work of God, and a tender conscience will not overly glory in it.
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)