What is a Baptism of FIRE?
Some Christians believe that we should desire a 'baptism of FIRE' based upon Bible verses that SEEM to show God purifying and cleansing his people. Is this interpretation correct? The Scripture in question is in the book of Matthew.
John the Baptist, at the Jordan river, preached to those in Jerusalem, Judea and the surrounding area who came to hear him (Matthew 3:5). Although some came out of a sincere desire to hear the truth, others came for selfish reasons (verse 7 - 8). His response to the self-righteous religious leaders who came to hear him was to mention a baptism of fire that will be carried out by Jesus Christ.
Let us continue with John's scolding and warning to the self-righteous religious teachers.
Jesus will collect HIS wheat and put it into the granary. However, flames await those who are chaff! This begs the question, however, of what does the wheat and the chaff represent? We begin to find our answer in Matthew 13, where Jesus is giving a parable about a man who discovered his enemy had secretly planted weeds among his good wheat seeds. When the man's servants asked him what should be done he responded with ''Let the wheat and the weeds both grow together until harvest' (verse 30).
We do not have to guess at what all this symbolizes as Jesus himself explained it to his disciples.
38 the field is the world; the good seed is the people who belong to the Kingdom; the weeds are the people who belong to the Evil One; 39 and the enemy who sowed the weeds is the Devil . . . 40 Just as the weeds are gathered up and burned in the fire, so the same thing will happen at the end of the age: (verses 38 - 40)