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The Fear Factor: Why We Should Fear God (5 of 16)
Series: Living in a Stable Economy
1 Peter 1:17-21
March 13, 2011
TEXT: 1 Peter 1:17-21
Let us remember that the apostle Peter is giving instruction to these recipients as to how to live as exiles and sojourners both socially and spiritually.
He is reminding them that they live in the stable economy or 'household' of the kingdom of heaven.
We have been reminded about that this week in the wake of the Japan earthquake and tsunamis.
He has shown them who they are in Christ, what they have in Christ, and now he is sharing with them how to live in Christ.
Last week we concluded with how they are to think as aliens; to get their minds right.
Remember, buckle up, wake up, look up and straighten up.
But now Peter continues by telling them to
"conduct yourselves with fear during the time of your exile."
Peter doesn't mean that we should live our lives in fear of events and people.
He gives us reasons why we are to conduct ourselves in fear; and we will get to that shortly.
But let's look at the word "fear" here.
Now, some translations substitute the word for fear with such words as reverent fear.
People will argue that this "fear" means a healthy respect.
The word here in the Greek is the word "phobos" from where we get the word "phobia."
It means "terror" or "fear."
You may have heard of some of the different phobias that people have.
Let's look at some of them:
Of course we all know some of these, like…
Arachnophobia - fear of spiders
Claustrophobia - fear of enclosed spaces.
Acrophobia - fear of heights
Aerophobia - fear of flying
But there may be some with which you are not all that familiar.
Homilophobia- Fear of sermons.
Ephebiphobia- Fear of teenagers.
Glossophobia- Fear of speaking in public or of trying to speak. Which is people's #1 fear.
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia- Fear of long words
Lachanophobia- Fear of vegetables
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