So I had already downloaded reasonably good Bible freeware from www.onlinebible.net , and decided to look it up for myself. I found this.
When the Bible says Fear God of some derivation of that - What does scripture Directly and indirectly explain ?
"Fear God" = 10 Texts
fear* the Lord = 190 Bible Texts
"fearing God" = 1 Bible Text
"feareth God" = 5 Bible Texts
"fear of God" = 8 Bible Texts
fear* God as a word search = 125 Bible Texts
"My Fear" = 4 Bible Texts
"Fear* Me" = 6 Bible Texts
"he fear* " = 10 Bible Texts
"they fear* " = 23 Bible Texts
" fear* not " = 71 Bible Texts
fear* merc* - a word search = 10 Bible Texts 9 that apply to fearing God
466 KJV Bible Texts ( currently with more added as they are found ) - not all will apply to some derivation of fearing God, but a lot will. There is more direct information - explanation that is being set forth for fellow believers to search for themselves with. Then the indirect information and explanations - after reading most of the 456 Bible texts and context and searching for myself; my educated evaluation is this. For the direct and indirect information and explanations - go to the passages the Bible writers in regards as to what to be and not be, do and not do, and for the "how to" information read all the sermons of Jesus, parables of Jesus, canonized Scriptural sayings of Jesus - and you have all the indirect information and explanations and how to's regarding all derivations of fearing God that the Holy Scriptures give. Then read the EGW books COL, MB, SC, MH, and research the Scripture references regarding all derivations of fearing God from the EGW folio views on the CD Rom Disk, and you have the sum total information, explanations, and how to's - from prophets.
Use the methods of obtaining refered to in 2nd Peter Ch. 1 ( obtaining what your studies show you fearing God is), such learning and becoming and doing will not be an instantanous process.
16 ¶ Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
The inferred concept is a process of time and God working in a person who has progressivly unlocked the door of themselves to Him. John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
After all Scripture gives me the idea that fearing God is important to God. Then it seems it ought be something I want to get a better understanding of for my own personal needs.
After I married XYZ yrs ago, I learned something fundamental to the relationship. What I perceive as a response of love and desire and look for, and what my spouse perceives as such and desires and looks for - is not always the same thing. We both need to understand and practice what each other views as love and desires to give and receive and looks forward to - then we will build unity and mutual happiness. The same with any humans and God. God says what He is looking for and what He is looking to see that motivates it.
Even after looking stuff up I realize "fearing God" will not mean exactly the same thing to different people. Mutually researching it, and talking about it between ourselves might be worthwhile. Is fearing God religion based on righteous actions creating merit - or the righteousness of Christ being claimed while the human is in known disobedience - or the righteousness of Christ impartially offered or impartially refused upon Scripture's terms of salvation ?
Fear God because the time your character will decide if He is allowed to seal you unto Himself ,or seal you unto Satan's camp forever - that time begins of investigating human decisions and all things internal and external - the beginning of that time of comparing the individual's page in God's books - and deciding to retain or remove from the Book of life on the basis of abiding in mercy or rejecting those terms of mercy , is what the Investigative Judgement is.
The ancient yearly Yom kippur - day of Atonement = one Bible teaching message on the time of Judgement before the Seven Last Plagues - when God decides who is saved or lost . It is called by some "The Investigative Judgement" because Scripture shows it is when God examines the characters and life record of each guest who is called to the wedding of Christ. In other words people who claim Christianity.
The door shut to the foolish virgins = a reference to the same thing.
2nd Peter Ch 1 - Peter's Ladder refering to being ministered into the everlasting kingdom of Jesus = refering to the same thing but showing the path of grace, the path of mercy, that if followed; puts a person into the position of the shelter of mercy. 2nd Peter Ch 1:1-12 is explaining the internal nature of fearing God and the progressive nature of fearing God.
Human works done because of the indwelling love given by God and the Bibical fear of God from the heart, with no thought of merit or reward, put a person in position to obtain mercy, or if those works be not done, or selfishly motivated, cause a person to be refused mercy, and obtain God's repayment and curse to Satan and his angels who followed him in treason.
Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. (direct quote from God, written by His Own finger in the ten Commandments )
Deuteronomy 5:10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
Judges 5:23 Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.
1 John 3:17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
Whoever is saved is saved because of God's mercy and Christ's mediated interceded merits. Only those who put themselves in position to Biblically obtain mercy will receive it. Biblically fearing God is the result of a heart, mind, character, life changing experience that is progressive in nature. It might start in someone outwardly at first because of the fear that has terror, but it must become motivated and maintained by progressive love (agape, agapous, philios) or it has no evidence of being started and continued by Heaven. Read 1st Corinthians chapter 13.
Deuteronomy 10:12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, 13 To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
( Jesus knows how to Biblically Fear God motivated by Agape, Agapous, Philio, perfectly )
7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;