The “fear of the Lord” is one of those Old Testament concepts people don’t think they need anymore. That was for those under the Law who had to fear the earth swallowing them. Today we’re under grace and God is love now, not fear.
So goes the rationale. I beg to differ.
The God of the OT is the same as the God of the NT. God is still God and we are still people. Fearing the Lord is inherent in peopledom. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, which may explain why the Church is so dumb today.
Isaiah speaks of Jesus Christ and prophecies concerning the character of Christ that “the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.”
Jesus Christ will fear the Lord! The fear of the Lord is what played into Christ’s perfect obedience to His Father. Furthermore, if believers today are “in Christ” and are to have the same mind as Christ, then fearing the Lord would be automatic.
When John says “perfect love casts out fear,” he’s not talking about removing fear of the Lord, he’s talking about removing all other fears of anything because of God’s great love in Christ.
Don’t be dumb; fear the Lord.