Fire on you - Your fired p.1
We read in Luke 9:52 Jesus wanted to go to Jerusalem, Jesus sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him, but they did not receive Him.
Luke 9:53-56 “And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?" But He turned and rebuked them, and said, "You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives but to save them."
What does this tell us? Fire from heaven (which is what we hear today from revivalist who do not understand the Bibles words or meaning) is destruction, that it is not Jesus intent as he reaches out to people to follow him. Instead, he wants to save. How he does this is by the gospel, a message; the message he gave authority to all to speak that will save people from their sins. One must first believe the message themselves to give it to others.
Nearly everywhere we read of fire in the Scripture, it is not a good thing.
Acts 1:5 Jesus said to his disciples “but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. Not the Holy and FIRE, only the Holy Spirit.
They were baptized with the Holy Spirt on Pentecost, just as Jesus said. We see the Disciples baptized in the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 (fulfilling what John said) but we never see a baptism of fire. No one received a baptism of fire, fire, a light (the shekinah glory appeared above their head this one time only). “the fire-like appearance was above them, not ON THEM.” They were not touched in the body by this fire.
Fire only appears once the New Testament in this kind of context (on the day of Pentecost as a one time event with the apostles), it was temporary. Almost all the other times fire is mentioned were of judgment. It appeared only once when the Holy Spirit came to birth the Church.
Furthermore, when Peter spoke Acts 2:38-39 said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit,” he did not include fire, nor was fire seen above their heads as it was in the upper room.
Acts 2:41-42 “Those who gladly received his word were baptized; and
that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”
Acts 2:3 The idea is that they were separated or divided one from another; it was not one great flame, but was broken up, or cloven into many parts, and probably these parts were moving without order in the room. (from Barnes' Notes)
Acts 2:3 but each separate tongue looked like fire, not real fire, but looking LIKE hoosei (NT:5550), as if) fire. The audible sign is followed by a visible one (Knowling)]. "Fire had always been, with the Jews, the symbol of the Divine presence (cf. Ex 3:2; Deut 5:4). (from Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament)
Now I want to propose a point to help explain this. This was a light that acted like fire. Remember, they did not have light apart from fire back them, no light bulbs, so it was difficult to describe.
The Bible says, “There is ...one baptism” (Eph. 4:4-5) and it is of the Spirit which puts a believer into the body of Christ and the Spirit in the believer (1Cor.12:13), there is NO baptism of fire for any believer afterwards.
Some may point to Acts 2:3 as justification for the baptism of the Spirit (called as tongues of fire) but this event was unique, it occurred only once, it did not take place in either the apostle’s ministry or to the church ever again. It was never repeated in the New Testament nor taught as a practice for the baptism of the Spirit in the church by the apostles.
A baptism of fire
What actually is the baptism of fire? In Matthew 3:11-12, (also Luke 3:16, 17) John was speaking to a mixed multitude of believers and unbelievers that came out to see him in the wilderness. He mentions both the baptism of the Spirit and a baptism of fire. When, he was speaks to believers, the baptism of fire is not mentioned (Mark 1:8). He distinguishes his baptism (by water) and the Messiahs baptism of the Holy Spirit that came later in Act 1:4-5, Acts 2:2-4 on the Day of Pentecost when believers were baptized into the body of Christ. No true believer will ever experience a separate baptism of fire. The believers are to be baptized by the Holy Spirit ONLY, for He is God. It is the unbeliever’s that are baptized by fire.
Matthew 3:12 He will gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up
the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
Jesus says they “will burn with unquenchable fire.” (see also Heb. 10:27; II
Matt 13:36-40 And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the
parable of the tares of the field.” He answered and said to them: “He who sows
the good seed is the Son of Man. “The field is the world, the good seeds are the
sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. “The enemy
who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers
are the angels. “Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so
it will be at the end of this age.”
The seed is God’s word that is to produce fruit, the fruit being the life of
Christ in the believer.
Matt 7:19-20 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire . Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”