“I baptize you with water for repentanc

“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”

Matthew 3

If the Bible regards it as the supreme need of the church and the final gift of God; if the prophets of old associated it with the Messiah; if our God is a consuming fire; if the gift of the Holy Spirit is a baptism by fire; if Christianity is a religion of fire, if we are saved by fire; if fire is so important then what exactly is it, what is the understanding of fire?

At Pentecost see past the phenomena, the noise like a violent wind, the tongues of fire, speaking in tongues, drunken behaviour and you will see men and women whose lives were saturated with the Spirit of God. The passion for God possessed them with an intensity of a fire. They burned and they shone for Jesus. The spirit of cold obedience was kindled with an eager devotion; a holy passion for righteousness, a consuming enthusiasm for the salvation of the lost. They were sold out for Jesus. The baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire was seen in their passion for Him who had died for them.

There are many on the journey for another day of fire. The day of judgement will be a day of fire. It will burn like a furnace. No excuses that day. Time will be up. Every person will stand before God. Books will be opened and your life will be looked at. What will be your defence? If it is not the blood of Jesus then there is no defence.

Who can save people from this plight? Jesus Christ. Only Jesus.

Who will tell people that truth? You. Only You.

We need the fire of God today.

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