Ecclesiastes 12:13 

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

King Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived. When he came to the end of his life and looked back over the many years he had been alive, he tells us, from his experience, what the end of everything really is. He explains to us: “Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”


It is wonderful to know what our whole duty as human beings is, isn’t it? This “fear” that Solomon speaks of is a reverential trust we have for our Savior and Lord. It is our duty to possess, and approach the Lord, with this reverential trust in Him. We must recognize the Presence of the Lord, and have respect for it and who His presence comes to. We know that we can trust the Lord, and therefore we can respect Him. God wants us to trust Him, and respect His presence. God honors those who respect Him, and reverence Him (Malachi 3:16).


Are you fulfilling your duty?


As Believers, we should strive to put away things from our lives that displease the Lord. We can only know what displeases Him by looking in His Word, and learning about His presence through prayer.


Let us hear the whole conclusion of the matter; fear the Lord, and keep His commandments.


61-1015E - “Respects”

46 Over in Ecclesiastes the 12th chapter and the 13th verse, it's written like this. See? "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments, for this is the full duty of man." The conclusion of the whole matter is to fear God. And when, you cannot have respects until you have fear. You've got to have fear of God. Solomon said also in the Proverbs that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom: the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.

Now, that don't mean that you're afraid of Him, but that means that you're giving respects and reverence. And when you respect God, you fear God. You fear that you might displease Him in some way; you fear lest you would do something wrong. You wouldn't want to…

I fear my mother. I fear my--my wife. I fear my church. I fear all of God's servants, unless I should put a stumbling block somewhere in their way. I--I fear the people. I fear the people of the city, unless I should do something wrong that would cause them to think that I wasn't a Christian. See, you've got, before you can have respects, you've got to have fear. And God demands it, He demands respects. God does; He demands it. And fear brings it. And we know that fear brings respects.


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