Our God is a consuming fire. There are many passages in the Bible that tell us of a time when the Lord will destroy the world by fire. The second death is brought about by the lake of fire. The Holy Spirit is represented at times by fire. The ministers of God are called flames of fire. Jesus tells us to buy of him gold tried in the fire. Paul the apostle wrote that it is no strange thing if our faith is tried by fire.
There’s something to fire, and the trying events I’ve been through recently make me reflect on these ideas. Something is developing in my understanding, and it’s not totally worked out. I do have some thoughts for now.
We need to be filled with fire. When put to the test, we see that there is no goodness in us apart from the goodness of Jesus himself. If we were put through the fire without Jesus, what would be left? Nothing. We would be totally burned up. Only the One who is a fire — meaning Jesus Christ — can give us the ability to withstand judgment. Only Jesus can take the judgment of God and live. Only fire can withstand such a consuming fire as God Himself.
Be filled with fire and live. That’s what I’m thinking about today. Without Jesus, we are made of nothing but rubbish that’s fit for being burned up. I know this sounds strange, and I look forward to the Lord developing this further at some point. Something to think about for now.