by David Cawston

The God Who Answers by Fire
The Purging of the Lord
David Cawston
Hebrews 12; Matthew 3:10-12

29 For our God is a consuming fire. (NKJ)

Proverbs 9:10
10 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (NKJ)

In our society of prosperity and liberalness today we don't receive well the idea of punishment.

We have bought into the concept of comfort and ease so much, that the character of an individual is no longer important.

This type of thinking has totally eroded our justice system.

Punishment is painless, punitive, not rehabilitative.

Therefore, there is no reform to character.

It is only an appeasement to society.

We slap them on the wrist and let them go. This is an example of the atmosphere of society that also impregnates the church and allows for some of the teachings that have been unbalanced.

1. A prosperity doctrine of ease and comfort
2. An image of God of only love and grace

We have forgotten that God is holy, and He demands holiness.

God is not just concerned about comfort.

He is most concerned about character and thereby the other side of the coin of balance is this-

1. Discipline and punishment are a part of His dealing with us as His children.
2. Justice and holiness must also be seen in the balance of his attributes.

In Matthew 3, John introduced Jesus as the baptizer, not only in the Holy Ghost but also with fire,

"Whose fan is in his hand and he will thoroughly purge his floor and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."

We have forgotten that there is a baptism of fire.

It is the purging of the Lord.

It is the removing of sin from our lives and sometimes it requires deep surgery.

John 16:8-11 tells us that the Holy Spirit has been sent into the world to do three things:
8 "And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of ju ...

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