The fear of God is the crucible in which those who earnestly seek Him and His ways are perfected in holiness.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
Most teachers of men today boast of a “wisdom” which, in its true practice, exists utterly apart from a real and tangible fear of the living God; and they speak of an “understanding” which could never stand under the scrutiny of the light of His holiness. If only they could behold the sight of the living creatures before the throne, who, though they are perpetually in His immediate presence, have nothing to express except to cover their eyes and feet and cry, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY!” But would this people take such things to heart, even if they saw them with their waking eyes? Would they see that to fear Him is no evil thing, but it is rather to have the fountain of life; and that by walking the fear of Him they are delivered from the snares of death (Prov 14:27)?
What dread we ought to have in this late hour for the lack of the knowledge of the holy! What fear and trembling ought to overtake the heart of any who would claim to know the Lord, He who now speaks of great and dreadful things coming upon the assembly of His people! What zeal for obedience and righteousness ought to consume them, for the spirit of repentance and of weeping over their desolate state! O, that they would behold the horror of their iniquity, and turn, and cry out for the purging and purifying fires of the Lord’s altar to fall upon them and consume all that offends HIM!
“For it is more profitable to you that one of your members should perish
rather than all your body be thrown into Hell.”
Yet who will ask of the Lord to reveal the hidden things of darkness and expose their sins before Him, knowing that in His light no man can hide the unfruitful works of darkness? For only in His light shall we see light for ourselves; for their cannot be a holy people consecrated unto God unless all the ways of filthiness, dishonesty, and strife are put away, and the hearts turned away from stubborn rebellion to faithful obedience, and the spirit of a flaunting prostitute changed for the spirit of a devoted bride.
“O that there would be such a heart in them, that they would fear Me,
and keep all My commandments always, that it might be well with them,
and with their children for ever!”
There is an unholy “gospel” in the land, which hates the exposure of sin, which passes over the bonds of wickedness so that the unrighteous are justified to remain in them. A man is told that to sin willfully without recompense is to be free in the in the grace of God. Not a more vile and soul-damning lie has ever been published from the gates of hell!
For the scriptures declare, “By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.” (Prov 16:6) A gospel with no power to purge a man of iniquity is a gospel devoid of mercy and truth. A gospel which does not invoke the fear of the Lord is a gospel which does not challenge the presence of evil. The gospel of which Paul was not ashamed is a gospel not worthy to be ashamed of! For it is not the gospel of the lawless, to whom Jesus will say “Depart from Me.. I never knew you;” but rather it is the glorious gospel of God which reconciles men unto HIM by conforming them to the image of His Son!
And of the victory found in this gospel of the new covenant, the apostle Paul could say,
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death…” (Rom 8:2)
Now every law has a lawgiver, and every lawgiver is the arbiter of the judgements according to it. And if our Lawgiver has even provided the very means by which the righteous requirement of His law might be fulfilled in us, “how then will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?”
The true gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation: it is the impartation not only of forgiveness of sins past, but also of freedom FROM the very power of sin and of deliverance FROM evil, that we might serve the Father in heaven and walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which we have been called; so that to the powers both in heaven and on earth, the manifold wisdom of God might be shown through the redeemed, who are the pure and spotless bride of His Beloved Son (Eph 3:10). THIS is the victory in which Christ triumphed over sin, death, and all the power of the enemy.
Therefore “let everyone who is called by the name of the Lord depart from iniquity,” and let soberness of mind be cultivated in us all, waiting upon the voice of He who says to the meek, “Come.”
Ezekiel was given an ear to the council of God when the Lord commanded His angels that those who wept and sighed for the abominations done in their city were to be marked, so that they might be spared when those without His mark were slain by the angels. And to the ones carrying out the slaughter of the profane He commanded, “begin at my sanctuary.” (Read Ezekiel ch 8-9)
It is into such a day that I am convinced we are now QUICKLY moving, should the faithful remain faithful. While abominations are being tolerated in the midst of those who claim to be His people, and most of that which calls itself the house of the Lord is truly the greatest spiritual whore upon the earth, who now is found weeping and sighing before Him? Who is found bearing the heaviness of the burden of His heart, interceding on behalf of the people, repenting for their sins and calling them out of Babylon, that He might relent and show mercy to them? The scriptures say, “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him.” (2 Chr 16:9) He sees all that is done in secret, whether good or evil. He discerns the thoughts and intentions of the heart. He knows whether this one is righteous or that one wicked, and He shall repay every one according to their deeds, that they may eat the fruit of their ways. “The Lord knows those who are His.” He is preparing to mark His own and to cleanse HIS house of that which does not belong.
It is not a working of man’s arm, but rather of God’s hand.
Therefore let yourself be judged only by the word of Christ, truly obeying His call, knowing that the love of this present world and the lusts thereof are the bondage of one not fearing God. For the world does not fear Him, nor do those who are ensnared in its lusts; but the one who fears Him and obeys the word of the Spirit of Christ is the one who truly loves Him. Those who fear the Lord need fear no other, for the Spirit He has given is “of power, of love, and of a sound mind.” For if, in the fear of God, you have died with Christ and thereby abide in His love, your soul shall live, and you have also overtaken “the second death” (which is the lake of fire – Rev 20:14).
And if anyone rejoices in the truth, let them be found living in the piercing light of His word, which expels the darkness both within and without; that in the fear of God we may have fellowship as we walk in His light, in which we remain cleansed (1 John 1:7).
“This is the judgment: that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”
Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. “And do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you. And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” says the Lord Almighty.
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
(2 Corinthians 6:14-7:2)