This paper is to
clarify what the scripture means by “fear” in the captioned text.
Some teach that this word “fear” in Phil 2:12 does not refer to being afraid of God, but rather it means reverence
of God. However, on checking the word in the Greek, we found that it
actually does mean to have a terror or being afraid of God.
The Greek word for fear in the text is G5401
φόβος phobos (fo'-ɓos) n.
alarm or fright.
[from a primary phebomai “to be
put in fear”]
KJV: be afraid, +
exceedingly, fear, terror
What does this mean?
It means that we should in no way play around with understanding
what our salvation means. We should approach our salvation with “terror” in
our hearts and trembling. Why? God hates sin and if we knew what His
judgment is, we will be so afraid that it will blow our minds.
So in the future take good care and ensure you know what you
believe. Hold to the truth with all your strength and never let it go.