9:10 The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom.
The knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
1:7 The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge;
But the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.
29:25 The fear of man proves to be a snare,
But whoever puts his trust in Yahweh is kept safe.
14:26 In the fear of Yahweh is a secure fortress,
And he will be a refuge for his children.
19:23 The fear of Yahweh leads to life, then contentment;
He rests and will not be touched by trouble.
15:16 Better is little, with the fear of Yahweh,
Than great treasure with trouble.
10:27 The fear of Yahweh prolongs days,
But the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
14:27 The fear of Yahweh is a fountain of life,
Turning people from the snares of death.
15:33 The fear of Yahweh teaches wisdom.
Before honor is humility.
22:4 The result of humility and the fear of Yahweh Is wealth, honor, and life.
31:30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain;
But a woman who fears Yahweh, she shall be praised.
14:2 He who walks in his uprightness fears Yahweh,
But he who is perverse in his ways despises him.
23:17 Donít let your heart envy sinners;
But rather fear Yahweh all the day long.
24:21 My son, fear Yahweh and the king.
Donít join those who are rebellious:
Luke 12:5 But I will warn you whom you should fear. Fear him, who after he has killed, has power to cast into Gehenna. Yes, I tell you, fear him.It could be said that part of Christian ministry is to induce the fear of God in people, yes even in Christians. Many Christians have been misled to equate Eternal Security with Assurance of Salvation, being taught that faith in Christ means to lack the fear of God's wrath. They are taught that to doubt their assurance of salvation is to doubt Christ. But that is not what the Bible teaches. Yes the Bible does teach Eternal Secuity, for once saved always saved. But whether a particular individual is saved is questionable. Thus Paul writes even to the Christians in Corinth, "Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in youó unless, of course, you fail the test?" 2Cor 13:5 (niv) For there are Christians who fearlessly commit sin presuming they will escape God's judgment. Thus Paul writes, "Or donít you know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Donít be deceived. Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor extortioners, will inherit the Kingdom of God." 1Cor 6:9,10 "For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and a fierceness of fire which will devour the adversaries."Heb 10:26,27 See also "How Can You Be Sure of Your Salvation Status?"
2 Corinthians 5:11 Knowing therefore the fear of the Lord, we persuade men,
2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Ephesians 5:21 subjecting yourselves one to another in the fear of Christ.
1 Timothy 5:20 Those who sin, reprove in the sight of all, that the rest also may be in fear.
Hebrews 4:1 Let us fear therefore, lest perhaps a promise being left of entering into his rest, anyone of you should seem to have come short of it.
1 Peter 2:17 Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
Furthermore many oppose the preaching of a gospel which advocates the fear of God. They say to preach God's wrath may "turn people off". And so they present a "Santa Claus" type of Jesus figure. They advocate only things that make people feel good about themselves. And while they speak of sin, yet their gospel makes repentance and discipleship optional. Free Grace theology holds these positions. It's antinomianism. (It is interesting also to note that even the modern "Santa Claus" figure deviates from this historic person on this point. For the historic Santa Claus would also punish bad children by giving them coal. But there is no equivalent practice today) Much of Christianity today is conformed to modern American culture and contrary to the Bible. See also A Perspective on the State of Modern Evangelicalism.
"subjecting yourselves one to another in the fear of Christ." Ephesians 5
And thus of a rebellious society Isaiah writes, "As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them." Is 3:12 (kjv)
Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. vs 5:22 Children, obey your parents in the Lord vs 6:1 Servants, be obedient to those who according to the flesh are your masters vs 6:5
But if you live a godly life advocating such principles, you will be despised by the perverse as it is written.
Prov 14:2 He who walks in his uprightness fears Yahweh,
But he who is perverse in his ways despises him.
Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 2 Tim 3:12