Matthew 10:28. And do not have fear of those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. Rather, have fear* more so of Him who is able to destroy the soul and the body in Gehenna. (AENT)
What does that “fear” refer to:
Well, simply put, the Fear of YHWH is one of the Seven Spirits of YHWH, Isaiah 11:2, 3.
Yeshua juxtaposes the fear of man (religion) with the Fear of Elohim(truth). When the “fear” of YHWH became theologically changed into “reverence”, the authority of men in ministry (i.e., “Reverends”) began to command fear unto themselves - something that was solely intended for the Most High.
The Fear of YHWH empowers Yeshua’s followers to uphold the Word of YHWH, regardless of consequences. (See Romans 3:18; 2 Corinthians 5:11; 7:1; Ephesians 5:21; Revelation 15:4.)