THE WHOLESOME FEAR OF GOD
Jesse M. Hendley
If you have your Bibles now, turn with me to Luke 12,
verse 4. Thousands of people have gathered together to
hear the Lord Jesus Christ, and He tells them to look
out for the teachings of the Pharisees. He said they
were hypocritical and would lead them away from God.
Jesus said that people who were true to the Word of
God had to speak it quietly in the secret place of
persecution, but someday it would go world-wide for
everybody to hear.
In verse 4 He says, "I say unto you my friends . . ."
He calls the multitude His friends. These people had
not taken sides yet, as the Pharisees and scribes had,
against Him. But they hadn't come to Jesus yet. He
calls them friends. "Be not afraid of them that kill
the body and after that have no more that they can
do. But I warn you whom ye shall fear. Fear Him
Who after He hath killed hath power to cast into
hell. Yea, I say unto you, Fear Him."
Fear of God Wholesome
Now that fear of God is a wholesome thing. Don't be
afraid of people who can kill your body but cannot
touch your soul and spirit. Nobody can touch your soul
and spirit, praise God for that. Nobody can take us
captive, hostage, spiritually. They can catch our
bodies but they cannot catch our souls. So Jesus says
to people, "Don't be afraid of physical death. That is
not the danger. "I will warn you whom ye shall fear.
Fear GOD. Fear Him Who, after He hath killed, hath
power to cast into hell. Yea, I say unto you, fear
Him." Only God has the power to cast into hell.
Fear here is legitimate fear. In the Bible fear is
good. Men generally think of fear as being only evil.
But there is a good fear. There is a good fear among
men. When you stop at a red light that is good fear,
because if you run through that red light you might
get killed. So out of fear you stop at a red light.
There are other things that we are afraid to do. There
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