WHEN ARSON IS NOT A CRIME!
God sets driftwood on fire. Dry old sticks can burn for God, just like Moses’ bush did! Hallelujah! I do not pray, “Let me burn out for Thee, dear Lord.” I do not want to be an ash heap. The amazing feature of the bush was that it did not burn out. Too many of the Lord’s servants are burning out.
The cause of that is some other kind of fire. I say instead, “Let me burn on for Thee, dear Lord.” The altar flame should never go out. Without fire, there is no gospel. The New Testament begins with fire. The first thing said about Christ by his first witness concerned fire. John the Baptist, himself a “burning and shining light” declared that: “He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11)
John the baptiser introduced Jesus the Baptiser, the Baptiser with a vast difference. John used water, a physical element, but Christ uses a spiritual element, the Holy Spirit. Water and fire – what a contrast! Not that John the Baptist had a watery religion (though there is plenty of that around, often combined with ice!). John the Baptist stood in the cold waters of the Jordan, baptizing, but Jesus the Baptiser stands in a river of liquid Fire.
The notable work of John was baptism, and he told the crowds that the notable work of Jesus would also be baptism! Jesus the Baptiser – in the Holy Spirit. This is Christ’s major experience for you once you are born-again.
INCENDIARIES FOR GOD
The gospel is a fire lighter. The Holy Spirit is not given just to help you preach eloquent sermons. He is given in order to put a flame into human hearts. Unless Christ sets you alight, you can bring no fire to earth.