Great Sermon! Dear Dr. Kelly,
I just found your messages on here this morning. Right now I am being blessed by your sermon on Acts 5:12-42. I will be back at other times to hear others.
God bless, Arnold Brevick
Great Sermon! The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom - Psalm 111:10. Since it is the "beginning" is it not appropriate for terrible sinners like those in Nineveh? Those who are taking their first steps of repentance. They have not yet heard of Christ's love. If they heard of it, they still were not at the stage they KNEW it as their own possession. Adam and Eve hide from God, because they knew they had sinned. Sinners should be afraid of a Holy and righteous God. Does Scripture speak specifically about a child-like vs. a slavish fear? Is not the difference just that God gives grace to some? That grace sanctifies the fear of the saints. Is not that fear similar to the "mourning" Christ speaks of in Matthew 5, that is blessed? One day there will be no more "mourning" or fear - Revelation 21:4-5 Yet both have their place in the hear and now. The Problem of the sinners in Proverbs 1 and in Noah's day was their "fear of God" was too late! They did not fear preaching or wisdom crying in the street. They were not like the Ninevites who feared from the start, from as you said "the first sermon." No they heard again and again, and the very preaching they may have "feared" a bit at first, no longer impacted their hardened hearts. They learned how not to fear, without repentance.