Baptism by Fire
Mat_3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Rev 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Rev 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Rev 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Rev 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
1Co 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
1Co 3:14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
1Co 3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
The baptism by water would seem to indicate the act of repentence, which is the first step in relationship to God.
The baptism by the Holy Spirit, would seem to be that of refreshing. Rivers of living water, or the water that Jesus talked about with the Samaritan woman. This is God with us, Emmanuel. He will help us through the next step, the baptism by fire.
The baptism by Fire is the purging work of getting rid of our sinful nature, so as to produce the perfect man.
2Ti_3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
This is also revealed in the story of Moses: Moses brought the Israelites out of Egypt through the Red Sea (water baptism), and God led them through the desert as a cloud by day and as a pillar of fire by night (Holy Spirit baptism) and as a burning mountain at Sinia where the law was written with the finger of God (baptism by fire).
Later, God brought the apostate Jews through their judgement in Babylon, and God signified that they had been purified by bringing Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego through the fire:
Dan 3:25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
Dan 3:26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
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