Unlike earthly fire, God’s fire isn’t indiscriminate but only eradicates evil to refine and purify.
Fire is an important image in the Bible about God’s presence. God appeared in a burning bush to Moses, in flames over Mount Senai, and in a pillar of fire over the tabernacle. And so the flames at Pentecost: this is the marking out of temple space—places where heaven and earth meet, become where God’s appearance manifests itself.
The Bible Project, Acts E2: Pentecost and the Expected Unexpected Spirit
(I experienced shivers down my spine as I wrote something very similar just minutes before I heard the above podcast)
Unlike earthly fire, God’s fire isn’t indiscriminate but only eradicates evil to refine and purify. For example:
I will turn my hand against you and will burn away your dross completely; I will remove all your impurities.
Then one of the seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar…
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