December 2004the teaching legacy of derek prince | dpm archive
spiritual combination in Luke’sdescription of the early church.
Then the churches throughoutall Judea, Galilee, and Samariahad peace and were edified. Andwalking in the fear of the Lordand in the comfort of the HolySpirit, they were multiplied.
“The fear of the Lord”
“thecomfort of the Holy Spirit”? Howcan they go together? All I knowis that from God’s perspective,they do—and they should neverbe separated. As a result, thepeople of the early church wereedified and they multiplied.Perhaps that’s the key to churchgrowth: the fear of the Lord andthe comfort of the Holy Spirit.I’ve actually encounteredpeople who don’t believe youneed the fear of the Lord afteryou’re saved. I believe that’s whenyou need it most. In 1 Peter1:15–19 we see a messagewritten to people who’ve beenredeemed by the blood of Jesus.
...but as He who called you isholy, you also be holy in all yourconduct, because it is written, “Beholy, for I am holy.” And if youcall on the Father, who without partiality judges according toeach one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowingthat you were not redeemed withcorruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conductreceived by tradition from your fathers, but with the preciousblood of Christ, as of a lambwithout blemish and without spot.
Peter says to be holy in
your conduct. Not some. Notmost. But
. The very fact thatGod paid our redemption withthe blood of Jesus—the mostprecious thing in theuniverse—is a reason why weshould always walk in fear. Wemust be very careful that wedon’t somehow betray ourRedeemer, that somehow wedon’t lower the price of ourredemption to something cheapand insignificant
don’t want to present you withthe importance of the fear of theLord but not tell you how to getit—because there is an answer.In Proverbs 2:1–5 we see an
statement that shows usstep-by-step how to receive thefear of the Lord.
My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commandswithin you,So that you incline your ear towisdom, And apply your heart tounderstanding;Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice forunderstanding,If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hiddentreasures;Then you will understand the fear of the L
, And find the knowledge of God.
Let’s look at the conditions—the “IFs”—for receiving the fearof the Lord.