“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
In Matthew 10:28 we are reminded that it is God and God alone who holds the key to heaven and hell. It is God alone who makes that determination, and His Word declares the basis upon which that decision has been made – the work of His Son Jesus Christ on the cross. In the verses that follow Matthew 10:28 we get a view of how we are to respond to him in light of this truth. Salvation is not a thing to be taken lightly, and Scripture declares that of those who have received salvation much is expected.
There are many who give lip service to God, but who twist and distort truth to suit their own agenda or preference. The very words of Christ declare that the disciple is not above his master or the student above his teacher. We have no right to mishandle what God has given us. The results are dramatic when you live in proper submission to our most awesome God.
What does fearing God look like, and just how can we learn to fear Him in an appropriate way? Take time to consider your own life and what changes need to be made. Ask yourself, just how significant is the fear of God?