Monday, December 29, 2014

Jesus: Our Consuming Fire Who Purifies

"For our God is a consuming fire." (Hebrews 12: 29)

When we read that God is a consuming fire, let us dread that we will be burned, charred, or incinerate.

We are being purified, to rely more on His grace, and less on our efforts:

"11For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." (Titus 2: 11-14)

Notice that through the grace of God, we are not only redeemed from all iniquity, but purified, and this purification does not happen right away:

"6Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:" (1 Peter 1: 6-7)

The trying of our faith speaks rather to believing on Him whom the Father sent for us (John 6: 29) and not adding anything of ourselves:

"8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2: 8-10)


"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." (2 Peter 3: 18)

Jesus is our refiner, and He purifies us. As Malachi prophesied":

"But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:" (Malachi 3: 2)

Paul then explains:

"18But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." (2 Corinthians 3: 18)

The Apostle John affirms:

"1Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." (1 John 3: 1-3)

Jesus is the fire who consumes away flesh, who renews us to reveal more of Himself in us. As our consuming fire, He is not bent on destroying us, but purifying us, that we may receive more of His grace into our lives.

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