The Two Fears
Tremble Before God Alone
Only one brings life and hope, wisdom and joy. Fear wisely.
Most Christians will agree that we ought to love our God. But what about fearing God? The Bible says that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10). But a broad survey of modern evangelicalism reveals that the fear of God is hardly regarded as such anymore. Many Christians seem to wrongly assume that the gospel of grace trumps the fear of the Lord. However, it is only the God of the gospel that is truly worthy of our reverential fear.
The purpose of this book is to equip Christians with a healthy view of fearing God and to illustrate how it reconciles with the gospel of God’s grace to sinners.
“This timely book enters into a church context where ‘God-fearing’ is out of vogue. Combining biblical passages, theological categories, pastoral wisdom, and his personal story, Poblete has given us a needed reminder of how important it is to be God-fearers if we seek to know God and live for him.” —Jared Oliphint, Regional Coordinator, Westminster Theological Seminary; Contributor, Reformed Forum
“The writer of Hebrews teaches us that ‘It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God’ (Hebrews 10:31). The writer of Proverbs states that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge (Proverbs 1:7, 9:10) Author Chris Poblete not only stirs us up to this truth, but teaches us what it means to fear God, that we stand in awe of God by hearing and heeding his Word in Scripture, and that the fear of the Lord will set us free. A person who learns to fear the Lord need fear nothing else. For though God’s wrath is fearful, his mercy is awing as well. I hope you will hear Chris out and that his book will teach us to both tremble and rejoice in the majesty of our God.” —Brad Williams, pastor, New Covenant Baptist Church, contributor, Christ and Pop Culture
“We are too scared, and not scared enough. Here’s a book that will prompt you to seek the biblical tension between ‘fear not’ and ‘fear God.’” -– Russell D. Moore, Dean, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
About the Author
Chris Poblete serves Jesus at Reverence Bible Church in Mission Viejo, California, where he directs the Prayer Ministry and co-leads the Young Adult Ministry. He also serves as Executive Director at The Gospel for OC and as a writer and editor for the Blue Letter Bible website.