Unity of Fear
The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook. Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known (Psalm 77:18,19). This is the thunder of unity of fear. The earth “trembled and shook” in reaction to the thunder issuing forth from Heaven. The Hebrew word tremble means to quiver, to stand in awe, fear, shake. The word shook means to fear. The literal earth trembled and shook with fear when God thundered, literally, out of Heaven. We now hear the voice of God thundering, spiritually, out of Heaven, whether it be through the written or the preached Word of God; and our earth, our Self, begins to fear and stand in awe of the Lord. We know that the Scripture says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Fear means reverential respect and awe. When the Father thunders, the Word and the Holy Ghost have reverential respect for His Words and His movings.
When the Word does something, the Father and the Holy Ghost respect it. When the Holy Ghost does something, the Father and the Word respect it. We need to learn this same respect. It is vital that we respect what the Spirit of God is doing in our church services. His work lays the foundation for the ministry of the Word which follows. If we despise the manifestations of the Spirit in our meetings, then we cannot expect the Word of God to be opened unto us. God is not pleased to share Living Word with those who disrespect what He respects.
Some Christians have a great love for the movings of God’s Spirit, but their interest wanes when it is time for the preaching of the Word. We must be respectful toward the Word of God or we grieve the Spirit. When the Spirit is grieved our services soon become dry and dead. The glory of the Father will be absent from our gatherings, and the confirming works of the Father will not be with us unless we respect both the Word of God and the Spirit of God. We need the thunder of this unity, not the tormenting fear of the Devil, but the reverential and respectful attitude, which bears evidence that the thunder of the unity of fear has been formed within us.
Sometimes the Father has the preeminence and stands in the authoritative position of rulership, while the Word and the Holy Ghost are subordinate in operation. At other times, the Word may be in the ruling position while the Father and the Holy Ghost are in subjection. And then, we may have a third order when the Holy Ghost is ruling while the Father and Word are subdominant.
UNITY OF OBEDIENCE IN THE GODHEAD There is no friction in the Godhead. Instead, there is perfect unity of obedience. They work together as One, for they are One.