THE FEAR OF THE LORD
So the people asked him, saying, "What shall we do then?" He answered and said to them, "He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise." Then the tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, Teacher, what shall we do?" And he said to them, "Collect no more than what is appointed for you." Likewise the soldiers asked him saying, "And what shall we do?" So he said to them, "Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages. Luke 3:10-14
In essence, John was telling the people to repent, the door to receive the Expected One, the Lord Jesus Christ, who was about to appear on the scene at the beginning of His ministry. The multitudes were coming under conviction after hearing John's powerful messages of repentance!
Many thought that John was the Christ, being in expectation, but he set them straight by explaining the ministry of Jesus and the baptism of the Holy Spirit, yet to come when He came to be baptized by John. A new paradigm was about to begin as the Lord Jesus began His earthly ministry to plant the first New Testament church with twelve green disciples!
Jesus would begin His ministry and build a new church, no longer a place to go, but a supernatural body made up of born again Spirit filled believers. He would train, equip and send His apostles to proclaim the gospel of salvation to the lost and at the end of His earthly journey, shed His own blood to set us free from sin and eternal death!
"I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. "His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire." Luke 3:16,17
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin