The fire and hammer ministries of Jesus

dwarf-156518_640Jeremiah 23:29: Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

Fire burns away impurity and hammer breaks restriction, opposition, so that we can advance as we should, for us to enter into possibilities we would not have entered otherwise. The hammer works around us, the fire works within us.

Fire

Jesus is the word (John 1:1-6), and the bible says that he was going to thoroughly purge his floor with unquenchable fire (Luke 3:16-17). He comes with a purging ministry. He said: I have come to set fire on the earth (Luke 12:49). He is sent by God on a purifying mission.

The fire Jesus kindles is the fire of the Holy Spirit. It was prophesied by Joel that God will pour out his spirit upon all flesh and they will be able to connect with God in heaven like never possible the history of the world. And that was initiated when Jesus sent the Holy Spirit after his ascension into heaven (Acts 2).

This move will not leave anyone out. The fire is indiscriminate, no respecter of persons. There will be no gender discrimination, not social discrimination. It is reaching all nations. It is the Holy Spirit coming to deliver people from what holds them bound, give them a taste of the heaven in order for them to lose the taste of sin. The writer of the book of Hebrews says that it is the taste of the world to come (Hebrews 6:5). Paul said we have the deposit of the Spirit, and we wait for a time of fullness (Ephesians 1:13-14).

Jesus was described in the book of revelation as having eyes of fire (Revelation 2:18). And one thing he purified in us is our eyes. Eyes is the place of focus, sexuality and greed and covetousness. The bible says that some have eyes full of adultery (2Peter 2:14, Job 31:1). And Jesus said that we should be careful of covetousness because the life of a man does not consist of the things he possesses (Luke 12:15).

John added his voice on the need for the purification of the eyes when he said that we need to reject the love of the world which manifests as the lust of the eyes, to have the love of God established in us (1John 2:15-17). Paul equated covetousness with idolatry (Colossians 3:5).

If the eyes stand for focus, then the fire of the Holy Spirit is about getting us passionate for God, focused on him and away from anything else (Romans 5:5). The eyes are symbols of desire. If our desires are purified, our intention purified and thoughts also, then we are really purified. Purification is not about dress code or appearance regulation, Jesus said that when a tree is made pure the fruit will also be purified, therefore the fire of God must work on our inside (Matthew 12:33).

If you are purified in your motivation, in what drives you, then you are indeed purified (Hebrews 4:12). If you do what you do for the right reasons for the God-reasons, then you are on the path of holiness on the narrow path that leads to life. Purification means what is not necessary, the extra load drops off, what is extra. We read that we need to drop every weight and the sin that easily besets us (Hebrews 12:1-3).

Hammer

Jesus is the door, he is the way (John 10). The life of God was cut off from humanity, but Jesus became the hammer that made the way. The psalmist said: lift up your head oh ye gates and be lifted up you everlasting doors and the king of glory will come in (Psalm 24:8). Jesus is the king of glory, the way maker.

The intention of God is that the relationship between him and humanity will continue to grow unabated, going stronger and stronger as Man comes into deeper and deeper relationship with him. But sin was a bump on the road.

Isaiah wrote that God’s hand is not short that it cannot save, but our sin makes a blockage between him and us (Isaiah 59:1-2). Sin is counter to his holiness, but Jesus came that sin will be taken care off, will be taken out of the way. He sacrificed himself so that he will become the way for us, also truth and life. He is what we need to settle the issue of sin which blocked the way of man to life of God, via the tree of his truth (Genesis 3).

Remember that when God chased Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, he stationed great angels there and a fiery sword to prevent man from getting to the tree of life and thereby to live forever.

But Jesus took the fall of the sword of judgement and we now able to go on the way to the tree of truth and eat the fruit of life, freed from the death judgement because Jesus bore it for us. He bore our sins and therefore bore the pain of the death and the death itself.

Through Jesus the door of restoration was opened, the door of prosperity was opened as the bible says that for our sake Christ became poor so that through his poverty we might gain riches, we might go back to experiencing the Garden of Eden in our individual lives, as we live without fear, with peace in our heart, peace with God, and having all sufficiency in all things, which the grace of Jesus, releases to us (2Corinthians 8:9).

While we were dead in trespasses and sins, Christ freed us from the dominion of death while we could offer no help to ourselves, the love of God compelled Jesus to come and offer himself. And when he did the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom, and God is now accessible (Luke 23:45).

Paul wrote to the church in Corinth: the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you (2Corinthians 13:14). All these three becomes our reality because the hammer of the word of God went hard at work to break through the restriction from those divine realities.

When we embrace the word of God- Jesus, we get to experience the word of God’s grace, the love of God and we are able to be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19), and we have fellowship, intimacy with the Spirit of God which was not imaginable before Jesus came around to hammer out the way to that reality for us. There is a new and living way which is through his torn flesh (Hebrews 10:20).

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