Word on Fire

Paul writes to Timothy

'I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you'
(2Tim 1:6)

so, to help the church with this, we offer this brief word, because

“Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord'
(Jeremiah 23:29)

Satan's Mistake

There is a wisdom destined for our glory. Hallelujah! Lay aside the confusion. Cast off that downcast and downtrodden self-image. Step free from suffering. Wisdom is being revealed through scripture, and it is bringing to you nothing less than God’s glory and victory over Satan! The secret wisdom of heaven – the wisdom of God himself – has been revealed to us, and the purpose of this great revelation is our glory!

This is what Paul writes to the Corinthians:

“we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began” 1Cor 2:7

Let’s be clear right from the outset that God’s gift of glory to us is no afterthought. The Lord Almighty didn’t decide to allow his glory to overflow to you simply to get you out of that mess you’ve got yourself into! Right from the start – “before time began” – God destined his glory for your life. That mess you’re in is the consequence of Sin and of Satan, so get ready to shake it off!

The “wisdom” that Paul speaks of is the life of Jesus Christ in the believer. Whoever calls on the name of Jesus, and receives him as Lord into his/ her life, will receive God’s wisdom. And it is God himself who has drawn you and me to call on that precious name. Just a few verses earlier, Paul wrote:

“It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God” 1Cor 1:30

So again let’s note, and fix it in our mind, that it is God’s purpose that we should receive his wisdom and glory.

When we receive Jesus we have full access to the wisdom of God and that wisdom enables us to see that God’s glory is upon us. The world cannot see this glory, nor can it understand the wisdom of God. To continue from Paul’s letter:

“None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” 1Cor 2:8

I tingle every time I read those magnificent words. My spirit harmonises with heaven as I see the revelation of God. Satan and his followers – “the rulers of this age” – made one almighty error when they crucified our Lord! If the Devil had understood what he was doing, he wouldn’t have done it. Why? Because by his crucifixion Jesus won the eternal victory over Satan, Sin and Death. More though, because the Lord of glory, through his incarnation, his death and resurrection, was giving that glory to all who would believe in him!

What is this glory? The glory is the splendour, honour, and power of God made visible and/ or audible in the life of the believer. Glory is closely associated with heaven’s fire in the bible. Wherever the glory (OT kawbowd, NT doxa) is revealed, heaven’s fire is usually present, either explicitly or implicitly. Exodus 24:17 records:

"To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain." (For more on the connection between Glory and Heaven’s Fire, see chapter 7 of my book Seeking Heaven’s Fire, available for purchase on this site)

In calling Jesus “the Lord of glory” Paul is drawing us to the Lord’s heavenly nature as the “consuming fire” (Heb 12:29) made flesh! The ‘Lord of glory’ is indeed the consummate believer touched by heaven’s fire. He is our perfect model of what an on-fire Christian can achieve. Nothing will be impossible for you if you get set on fire by the Lord’s presence!

As Paul wrote to the Corinthians, and as I spell out in chapter 8 of Seeking Heaven’s Fire, God’s glory is destined for all who believe. Jesus said:

“I have given them the glory that you gave me” John 17:22

and Paul wrote:

“those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified” Roman 8:30

If the “rulers of this age” made a cosmic error by crucifying Jesus, then believe this brothers and sisters. By attacking you – if indeed you are in Christ, and a believer and recipient of his wisdom and glory – they are making just as big a mistake! Satan doesn’t understand everything, as we’ve already shown, above. He doesn’t understand the trouble he’s getting himself into by coming against the children of glory – you and me. We have the triumph over sin and suffering; all the flaming arrows of evil one will be extinguished; and Satan will be crushed beneath our feet because of the Calvary triumph of Jesus. Rise up with Easter fire, church! Stand up, shake off, and live victorious in Christ!