Friday, September 11, 2015

Jesus and the fear of God

Peter Leithart in Touchstone‚Äč: 

On Paul's "Jesus is the beginning of all things", incl. wisdom (Col 1:18) and Solomon's "Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Pr 1:7a)...

"If Jesus is the beginning of wisdom, he embodies the fear of the Lord...This Christological perspective fills out our understanding of the fear of God. Jesus does not cower before his Father. Instead, he obeys the Father, and fears disobedience. Jesus never retreats before men. As the embodied fear of God, he is fearless in proclaiming and enacting the kingdom of His Father. To fear God, to pursue the way of wisdom, is to follow Jesus."

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