Pass Your Time Here In Fear
“And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.” 1 Peter 1:17-21
As you read the scripture for today’s devotional, how did you receive the admonition to pass your time here on earth with fear? Did it seem inconsistent with Jesus’ call to “Fear not...”? Did it make you feel like God was saying, you needed to cower in fear and be watching every moment for His hand of judgment to fall on you? Well, let’s get the elephant out of the room.
The way we read the Scriptures translated into English sometimes requires a bit more in-depth knowledge of the original languages of the Bible than many people have been privileged to be taught. This is one reason why God has placed teachers in the church to help us with those passages of scripture that at first glance can seem condemning. For this reason any study of the Scriptures must begin with certain truths settled in our hearts and minds.
First, God loves us, PERIOD! He has only our God in mind in all that He does and all that He asks of us.
Second, God did not give the Scriptures to confuse, us, trip us up or to bait us into accepting that through Jesus our Savior our sins are forgiven and will never be remembered against us anymore, and then switch meaning just to put us back under the bondage of sin in the Old Law of Moses. NO! “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…” [Romans 8:1]
Third, Grace and mercy are His motivations in dealing with our shortcomings, faults and failures. He has sent the Holy Spirit to do the work of perfecting us for Heaven.
Fourth, Fear, that is terror, anxiety, uncertainty, judgmentalism, legalism, condemnation, bondages of all kinds, and all such things are not from God and He does not use any of them to intimidate, rule-over, demean, belittle or teach us anything, PERIOD! All such things are the works of the devil. But, God has sent the Holy Spirit to be our teacher and to lead us into all truth.
With these fundamental truths settled in our hearts and minds, we can study the Word of God, the Bible without trepidation or uncertainty of His motives toward us.
In this passage the word “fear” means reverential respect and humility in the presence of God. We are to live our lives aware of God’s Holy sovereignty and righteous judgment against all that is not pure before Him. We could have fallen under His mighty hand and been destroyed from the face of the earth before we were even born, but that was not God’s plan for us. We recognize the enormity and overwhelming power He has to completely alter, even eradicate all living things He created. But His mercy and love for us constrains Him.
He redeemed us from His righteous judgment, not with perishable currency of precious metals, gold and silver, the things that perish; (in our day not with millions of dollars or gold bullion, diamonds) nor any of all the things men possess and desire to hoard to themselves of the wealth in this world. NO! The precious currency God used to redeem us was the spotless, sinless blood of Jesus Christ, His Son our Lord. And Jesus did not give His blood by measure but he fully emptied himself so that we could be saved once and for all times. With His blood He covered and redeemed us from sins, past, present and future.
Think of it. His blood was shed for every man, woman and child on this planet living today, before we were born. He paid for our future sin before we were ever alive to commit any sin.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised usup together, and made ussit together in heavenlyplacesin Christ Jesus…” Ephesians 2:4-6
And if you can hear it and receive it, Jesus, from the foundation of the World was slain even before the world existed.
Now, it is by faith in Jesus Christ, the revealed Son of God, that we now know God and have the promise of an inheritance in the riches of His glory. It is by faith in the Spirit of God that raised Jesus from the dead, that we rest our hope confidently in His promise of our eternal life.
We, as His children, were created for great things, to do great things and to live complete and fulfilling lives now here on earth and in the world that is to come. We are not appointed to wrath, nor are we abandoned to our base desires to be overcome by sin. It will not have dominion over us.
“For God hath no appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ…” 1 Thessalonians 5:9
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14
And sin will not rule in the lives of your children, or your children’s children from generation to generation.
“And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.” Isaiah 54:13
The sin debt is paid. But in order to enjoy the benefits of the free gift of life we must receive it, take hold of it, and let it take hold of us.
Don’t let the devil steal one second of your inheritance with his lies and condemnations. We are the children, the daughters, the sons of the Most High God; we are the sons of God, the people of God, the body of Christ, one with Jesus and one with God the Father, destined for the glory of God.
“And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one…” John 17:22
Therefore, “Have faith in God…” Mark 11:22