By: Martin Cisneros
There's a difference between what should have been translated as reverential awe or respect for God (perhaps "fear" included that idea in 1611), and terror, fear, apprehension, anxiety, dread, etc., which are all under the curse and according to the book of Revelation is put in the same category as sorcerers and adulterers that have their part in the Lake of Fire and Brimstone which is the Second Death. We're told to meditate in the Word of God day and night so that we'll see how to do all that's written in there and then we'll make our way prosperous and have good success (Joshua 1:8). That is our "fear," or reverence; to put Him first by putting His Word first place in our mouths, our minds, our bodies, etc.
Putting God's Written Word as first priority and as final authority is the Scriptural definition of having the fear of the Lord. It says that those that keep His Word in this way have the love of God perfected in them, according to 1John 2:5. And 1John 4 says that perfected love CASTS OUT fear because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. Fear is an enemy. The Bible says at least 60 times to "fear not." The KJV and translations that by their own admission follow in it's traditions says to not fear those that can destroy the body, but to fear him that can destroy both body and soul in Gehenna. Unfortunately, they capitalize the "h" in the word "him" to give the wrong idea, when Jesus was saying to be leery of false teachers, and in context He was saying to be leery of the Pharisees of His day. Exercising good judgment about not getting too close to a rattle snake doesn't require for you to have fright in your heart.
Running from adultery as Joseph did in the book of Genesis and as we're all told to in Proverbs doesn't mean having to be frightened. It just means putting God first place in word, thought, and action. Your heart will always go in the direction of your most dominant words, according to Jesus in Matthew chapters 12 and 13 when He said that a good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good things, while the evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart produces evil things because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Jesus said in John 8 that if you'd continue in His Word in the way that He was continuing in the Word of the Father, then you'd know the same truth that He knew that kept Him walking in the light of life and you'd be just as free as He is. Jesus later applied that to the words of the Apostles and said that if they've continued in My Words then they'll continue in yours as well.
So, the whole New Testament, particularly from the perspective of all that we're redeemed from by His sufferings is the truth that we're to continue in that keeps all fear cast out of our hearts, torment out of our lives, and perfected love operating in all of the manifestations of the Holy Spirit. Romans 13:8 says to owe no man anything but to love him. The Amplified Bible translates that as to stay out of debt. That would be the reverential awe of the Lord in pursuing His grace because He that was rich became poor at the Cross that we through His poverty would be made rich. We become partakers in the fellowship of His sufferings by being made comformable to all that He purchased with His sufferings. Our part of His sufferings is our deliverance. And we partake of His sufferings through the Bread and Cup and not through becoming a rug for the devil and the circumstances of life when our life is hid with Christ in God.
When the time had fully come, God chose to reveal His Son in our hearts, according to Galatians 1. His Son is not in defeat and cowering before His Father. Whether we sin or whether we don't sin, we run to the Father and He runs towards us and catches us and loves on us. The Scriptural way to fear the Father is by obeying the Written Word and what the Holy Spirit tells you to do in your heart. The Scriptural fear of the Lord isn't hiding in the bathroom with a bunch of fig leaves on you thinking that He's about to beat you bloody and senseless because you listened to the serpent and did eat what you shouldn't have. Jesus cursed that fig tree because He doesn't want us ever wearing those leaves of fear and shame before God ever again!