Job 1:1-5 Fear God.

Much stems from a proper fear of God, perhaps the most well-known being wisdom (Pr. 1:7, 9:10). It is certainly wise, from a biblical perspective, to shun evil, seeking to be “blameless and upright.” (1 cf. Pr. 16:6) He had seven sons and three daughters (2), and much wealth, “so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east.” (3) Lest there be those who construe these beginning verses as somehow proving salvation by works, the verses that follow, and are clearly connected to the above, make abundantly clear that Job believed in Salvation by grace through faith alone, that atonement was and is necessary, through the shedding of blood according as the Lord has prescribed (5 cf. 42:8). Job knew that we all can have sins in our hearts that we suppress and become ignorant of, and these need atonement for our sanctification, even as the overt ones we are conscious of.

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