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1 John 4:18-19
18 There is [esti] no [ou] fear [phobos] in [en] love [agape]; but [alla] perfect [teleios] love [agape] casteth [ballo] out [exo] fear [phobos]: because [hoti] fear [phobos] hath [echo] torment [kolasis]. [de] He that feareth [phobeo] is [teleioo] not [ou] made perfect [teleioo] in [en] love [agape].
19 We [hemeis] love [agapao] him [autos], because [hoti] he [autos] first [protos] loved [agapao] us [hemas]. KJV-Interlinear
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 19 We love, because He first loved us. NASB
Fear is a feeling of agitation and anxiety caused by the presence or imminence of danger. Fear is uncertainty of the known or of the unknown. Fear is the insecurity of helplessness with no one or nothing to come to your aid. Fear is arrogance in not believing that God can or is able to help. Fear is a sin.
Love, 'agape,' which we have been studying, is a sphere, a realm, a composite of learning of the principles and precepts and promises which God gives us in the scriptures. Love is the development of a secure feeling, a relaxed mental attitude, a poise, a confidence, an assurance in God, that God will always look out for your best interest no matter what circumstances He allows to come into our life.
Love is the position of fellowship with God in which there is no sin due to the confession of sin, therefore it is a refuge, a palace, a sanctuary preventing the laws of the jungle and the world from claiming rule over the believer who is in fellowship.
Living within the sphere of fellowship and of Gods teaching then, casts out all sin (fear), and the uncertainty and the insecurity which accompanies it (sin).
Living in the sphere of sin (out of fellowship) means that you are not living in fellowship. That probably seems rather obvious. But, we have to keep things simple. If you are not in fellowship, then you are not advancing in your spiritual life. If you are not advancing in your spiritual life, then you are not advancing to a state of perfection (spiritual maturity). Spiritual maturity is the first stage of perfection.
When you are born into this world you are imperfect. You are nothing more than an infant baby who is an unbeliever. The quintessence of imperfection. Your mind has nothing in it. You are a blank slate with nothing but a format of a soul to be filled.
As you grow up then your physical life begins the road of forming your life. When you are saved, then your life is again empty with respect to your spiritual growth. As you learn and apply doctrine then you are advancing to a state of perfection - spiritual perfection. This is something which is never available in the unbelieving or out of fellowship life.
When the Rapture occurs, then your imperfect body will be replaced with a perfect body. That is the second stage of perfection. When you stand before Christ and receive your evaluation, then as a mature believer you will receive your third and final stage of perfection in the form of eternal rewards and so forth.
The ultimate perfection state then is advancing to spiritual maturity in this life, and receiving all the blessings that God has set aside for you, for eternity, without loss without any reduction without any withholding. That is the ultimate goal, or should be for your life.
We neither earn, nor do we deserve this status. God applied His policy toward us first, then we learned of this truth, through the scriptures, before we came to know of it. This is not an invention of mans imagination, nor an advancement in mans ability to solve his own flaws.
You know what your status is, by knowing whether or not you are obedient to Gods commands. We put together a short checklist which you can review at anytime. Review it objectively so that you will not be losing out on any of your promised future.
In your physical life you had no say in what your life would be like. But in your spiritual life coming in eternity, you have all the opportunities to define the greatest set of circumstances that exceed even your own imagination. Your loss is your fault.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.