Summary: Our lives would be greatly altered without fire. The Bible uses the word fire throughout its contents. However there are four kinds of fire mentioned in the Bible that I would like to talk about this morning.
But He said to them, "I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent."
Jesus had the power to accomplish his purpose.
The purpose for his coming was the preaching the kingdom of God to the whole world.
He has given us the same purpose, so how can we accomplish it.
The answer is, found in Luke 3:16; John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
Fire is the power that we have to accomplish the purpose of God.
The word fire is used to describe different things.
Webster lists several different ways this word is used.
Your house is on fire! DESTRUCTION
Build a fire under that boy. MOTOVATION
My heart burns with fire for her. COMPASSION
My heart burns for my lost. GRIEF
I have heartburn. DISCOMFORT
I was in a fire and got burned. PAIN
I’ll build a fire in the stove. HEAT
Turn the fire on under those beans. FOOD
Build a fire under the boiler. POWER
Put that gold in the fire. PURIFYING
FIRE, FIRE, FIRE
Our lives would be greatly altered without fire.
Most of the comforts of life are the results of fire.
Almost everything that we use, see, touch, or taste has been put to the fire.
The Bible uses the word fire throughout its contents.
However there are four kinds of fire mentioned in the Bible that I would like to talk about this morning.
I.A Symbol of God
God uses fire to describe and even show himself.
For our God is a consuming fire.
His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
Are they not all-ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
Out of heaven He let you hear His voice, that He might instruct you; on earth He showed you His great fire, and you heard His words out of the midst of the fire.
Fire has much power within it.
So God has much power within him.
Moses saw the portrayal of God through the burning bush.
Elisha road on God’s fiery chariot.
King Nebeconezzer saw that man’s fire as no power over God.
Abraham saw God’s fire consume his sacrifices.
Sodom and Gomorrah saw the raft of God through fire.
The rich man saw the price that had to be paid with fire.
II.As a Purifier
That 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:
Each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.
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:
"And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness."
God is the only channel through which one can be purified.
Confessing your sins to the Lord is the only tool you have to reach the refiner’s fire.
When you’re in the presence of the Lord there will be the presence of the refiner’s fire!
And they said to one another, "Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?"
We must always strive to be in fellowship with our Lord.
In doing so we will be refined by the master’s fire!
We will be cleansed like the fuller’s soap.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
Which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer;