What Is The "FIRE Of GOD" All About?
There was a question given to me about the videos of Believers in Jesus Christ being touched with the fire of God, “So What Is This Fire Of God All About?”
John in Matt 3:11-12 foretold Jesus coming and how Jesus would baptize you with fire. “ He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” Again we see this in Luke 3:16 “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” To “baptize” in the greek is baptizo (bap-tid'-zo); to immerse, submerge; to make overwhelmed (i.e. fully wet) of ceremonial ablution. Then we see the word, “fire” in the greek: a primary word; "fire" (literally or figuratively, specifically, lightning)
Later we see this beginning to come to pass in Acts 2:3-4 then, what looked (the word appeared or looked is this in the greek) to gaze with wide-open eyes, as at something remarkable. It goes on, like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. The word “like” in the greek means: about, as (it had been, it were), like (as).
Fire is used in the bible to describe God himself. Hebrew 12:29 for our God is a consuming fire. We see in Exodus that God appeared to Moses as fire. Ex 3:2-6 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames , it didn't burn up. "This is amazing," Then God talked to Moses. "Do not come any closer," the Lord warned. "Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground."
God appeared as fire in the bush and then warned Moses, “You are standing on holy ground.” Fire is something that burns, purifies and consumes all the impurities. From the above scriptures we learned that the fire of God was foretold by John and then we saw this fire on the day of Pentecost in the upper room. We saw how God describes Himself as an all consuming fire.
Why do we need the fire of God?
In Rev 3:16-18 we read: But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, 'I am rich. I have everything I want. I don't need a thing!' And you don't realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire . Then you will be rich. We do not literally buy gold, but it is used to show us how we need to be purified by God, His Word and His Holy Fire. If the Word of God was good enough on it's own to purify us, then why did God send the Holy Spirit & Fire on the day of pentecost? 1 Peter 1:7 it is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold.
We also see that God used fire from heaven to consume the sacrifice on the altar. Purifying and consuming the sacrifice so it would be pure unto God. 2 Chron 7:3 When all the people of Israel saw the fire coming down and the glorious presence of the Lord filling the Temple, they fell face down on the ground and worshiped and praised the Lord.
Again we see this in the bible in Kings. 1 Kings 18:38 Immediately the fire of the Lord flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull. We also see Jeremiah describing God's word as fire within his bones. Jer 20:9 his word burns in my heart like a fire. It's like a fire in my bones!
So now that you have seen some of the scriptures in the bible about the Fire of God, are you ready to receive this Fire of God in your life? Are you ready to let the Holy Spirit burn out the impurities in your heart and in your life?
Many people don't like what happened on the day of Pentecost to those believers in the upper room who were seeking God. How does a drunken person act? He may stubble around, he may fall down, and he may laugh a lot. So if this is in the bible, why do we some believes not believe the word of God in this passage? Why do they want to cross out this scripture? How does a person on fire act? Probably he is fanning his arms and legs trying to cool off the burning. Be careful not to pass over scripture, just because it make you uncomfortable, it does not match what you believe and have be taught, yet there it is in black and white in the word of God. Matt 15:6-9 And so you cancel the word of God for the sake of your own tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, 'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.'"Mark 7:8 For you ignore God's law and substitute your own tradition."
Acts 2:15 These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o'clock in the morning is much too early for that. No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel: 17 'In the last days,' God says, 'I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Our precious Holy Spirit just waits for us to ask for the baptism of His fire; for it is for us and this fire is biblical. When we know the truth then the truth will set us free and he who is free is free indeed! John the Baptist told us Jesus would baptize us with the Holy Ghost and Fire, so what are we waiting on?
Written by: Cheryl Lundberg & Posted on July 31, 2008
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