Tag: God a consuming fire
Scripture reading for November 15th: Hebrews 12:14-29
Holiness is a precious requirement for those entering the kingdom of God and desiring to see Him. “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” (Hebrews 12:14-15) There are things that can keep us out of our inheritance. Failure to be a peacemaker and living in violence and strife will cut us off. Immorality is also a killer of faith. These sins are likened to bitter roots in the soul that causes a person to miss out on the grace of God.
We who live in the last days are under the new covenant. This covenant is not made at Mt. Sinai like the old covenant, but at Mt. Zion. At Mt. Zion we see the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of God and thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly. Here we have the church of the Firstborn (Jesus Christ) consisting of all men and women who by faith have come to Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the mediator of this new covenant and His sprinkled blood has forever made atonement for all sins committed in ignorance.
We must willingly come to Jesus and accept His sacrifice for us in order to escape judgment by Jesus Christ. Many Israelites ignored God’s warning through Moses and perished. Now Jesus, God’s final Word from Heaven, has warned us again of another shaking coming at the end that will shake all things that are able to be shaken! (Hebrews 12:26-27) (Haggai 2:6) The earth and everything in it will be destroyed by this final shaking. (2nd Peter 3:7) The kingdoms of earth will be no match for the Lord of Hosts as He comes to establish the millennial Kingdom.
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptable with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”” (Hebrews 12:28) Our King Jesus and the heavenly city, the New Jerusalem will be our permanent King and eternal home! This calls for worship and active pursuit of holiness through faith in Jesus. Those who refuse will be consumed by the fire of His wrath!