What is Fear? = The Phantom of Fear

January 15th 2007 – Tuesday  

What is Fear? 

It is time to take an actual look into what “fear” really is and where it comes from.  In review of our Scripture Text we are using as our bases for this study it is printed below.  

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7 

Immediately we can see from this verse that “fear” or “a spirit of fear” does not come from God.  

Now a glimpse into the meaning of the word “fear” in this text from the Greek Language.  

FEAR=

1167.  deiliva deáilia, di-lee´-ah; from 1169; timidity:— fear. 

1169.  deilov” deáiloás, di-los´; from  devo” deáoás (dread); timid, i.e. (by impl.) faithless:— fearful.

 

The primary meanings are timid, timidity, and faithless.

Here are the definitions and a list of synonyms for each. 

Timid and Timidity =  

1. Lacking self-confidence; shy.

2. Fearful and hesitant: problems that call for bold, not timid, responses.  

Synonyms: nervous, fearful, timorous, retiring, hesitant, apprehensive, faint-hearted, tentative, timid, timorous. The central meaning shared by these adjectives is “hesitating to take action or assert oneself out of fear, apprehensiveness, or lack of self-confidence”: too timid to protest; timorous of venturing an opinion.  

Faithless =   

1. Not true to duty or obligation; disloyal.

2. Having no religious faith.

3. Unworthy of faith or trust; unreliable.  

— faithʹless·ly adverb
 

— faithʹless·ness noun 

Synonyms: faithless, untrustworthy, unfaithful, fickle, false, disloyal, traitorous, treacherous, perfidious, recreant. These adjectives mean not true to duty or obligation. Faithless and unfaithful are approximately interchangeable and imply failure to adhere to promises, obligations, or allegiances: has never been faithless to her ideals; an unfaithful spouse. False emphasizes a tendency to be faithless or deceitful: a false friend. “To thine own self be true,/And it must follow, as the night the day,/Thou canst not then be false to any man” (Shakespeare) 

We must not confuse this term in this particular text with the term “fear” found in other parts of the Bible which has a totally different type of meaning.  Here are some notes from the, Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary, on that type of fear. 

FEAR – a feeling of reverence, awe, and respect, or an unpleasant emotion caused by a sense of danger. Fear may be directed toward God or humankind, and it may be either healthy or harmful.

A healthy fear is reverence or respect. The Bible teaches that children are to respect their parents (Lev. 19:3) and wives are to respect their husbands (Eph. 5:33). The Scriptures also declare that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Prov. 1:7) as well as “the beginning of wisdom” (Prov. 9:10).  

The type of fear we are dealing with in our text of 2 Timothy 1:7 most definitely comes from Satan. Fear is a hideous controller. Worry comes from a lack of trust in Christ.  

Next we will look at some different facets of fear.

 

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