John the baptist fortold of the one who was coming after him, for John baptized with water and the one after him would baptize with the Holy Ghost and with fire! So what was this fire that Jesus would bring to the earth?
“John answered , saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable”.(Luke 3:16-17).
When the disciples were discussing what had just happened at the tomb Jesus drew near them and they were not aware it was him. Their eyes were later opened to the truth when Jesus vanished out of sight, yet they spoke of their heart burning within them while he talked to them.” And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it,brake and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures”.
The Holy Spirit burns within the Believer today just as it did in Jeremiahs day. Jeremiah was in such derision as people mocked and reproached him for the word of God that it burned within him that he had to speak it! “O Lord, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me. For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the Lord was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily. Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay”.(Jeremiah 20:7-9).
We have heard through the years of someone who is so set on speaking the words of God that they stop at nothing to get his word out………..They are on fire for the Lord we say, maybe without even knowing the previous passages, for it is true the fire of the Holy Spirit burns within the heart of the believer and we cannot rest at times til we speak what we are called to do……..God into all the earth and preach the word!
It is best summed up in the words of Isaiah “I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: YE THAT MAKE MENTION OF THE LORD KEEP NOT SILENCE, and give him no rest, til he establish, and til he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. And they shall call them, The holy people, T he redeemed of the Lord: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken”.(Isaiah 62:6,7,11,12).