“Our God Is A Consuming Fire” ( Hebrews 12: 28 – 29, NEB ) by Carley Evans

“The kingdom we are given is unshakable; let us therefore give thanks to God, and so worship Him as He would be worshiped, with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.”

 

God’s is an unshakable kingdom, a kingdom at hand which can not fall, can not be divided, can not be corrupted, can not be destroyed. This is God’s gift to us, His children. We are to give thanks to Him for admittance into His kingdom; we are to worship Him “with reverence and awe.”

 

“God is a consuming fire.” All that does not belong is burned away in a purifying heat. “For who can endure the day of His coming? And who will be able to stand when He appears? For He will be like a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi and refine [us] like gold and silver. Then [we] will present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. And the offerings…will please the Lord as in days of old and years gone by.” (Malachi 3:2-4, HCSB)

 

We hope in God’s kingdom. “Since we have a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance [of God] was fading away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It is not removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness, with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:12-18, HCSB)

 

In God’s purifying fire, our dross burns off so that we, more and more “reflect the Lord’s glory” as we “are being transformed into His likeness.”

 

“Therefore, give thanks to God.”

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