BAPTISM OF FIRE
While the Baptism of the Spirit cleanses, the Baptism of Fire purges.
The human heart is desperately wicked. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit cleanses the heart, it can be described as inward cleansing; the washing clean of the inward parts.
The Baptism of Fire is for the disobedient, unrighteousness and ungodly. It purges everything, clears out anything that stands in its way.
The Bible makes it crystal clear there will be a day of reckoning. A winnowing fork is the image the Bible uses to describe how the ungodly will be separated from the godly.
When wheat is harvested, it is gathered together and placed in the same place, on the threshing floor. It is here the breaking takes place. The chaff is broken off from the wheat and the winnowing fork raises the wheat into the air. It catches the wind and this separates, blows away, the chaff from the wheat. In Biblical times, the chaff was gathered together and burnt untill it completely disappeared in smoke. The wheat, also gathered together and kept in a safe place.
There is an unquenchable fire prepared for those who reject Christ. It is prepared for those who reject His robe righteousness.
Where will you be found on that day? I pray it will be in Christ?
It is a daily walk with Jesus and we need God’s Spirit, at all times, to crucify the flesh. We need to do away with the Old man (old nature) and put on the New man (new nature).
Do not despise the chastening of the Lord. Through chastisement, our lives are put in order. Obedience becomes a lifestyle and lessons are learnt through the power of God’s Spirit. Even Jesus, as He walked on earth, learnt obedience through what he suffered. Hebrews 5:8
© Ruth Dickson
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