Explore together the thought that “God is a consuming fire” to discover that, in a way similar to Divine jealousy and wrath, the heart of God burns with love (a) to consume what is harmfully worthless and (b) to refine what is of value. In a most unexpected way, Jesus personified this consuming fire in both life and death—by the fire of self-sacrifice, bringing to light the lies that his enemy has always wanted us to believe, bearing and consuming our sin, refining our faith, hope, and love.
The Bible is filled with poetic imagery and symbolism. But what exactly does it mean in Hebrews 12:29 when God is described as “a consuming fire”? In this chapter, you’ll look deeper at this confusing phrase—and consider what’s left when the smoke clears.
What does it mean when God is described as “jealous”? In this chapter, you’ll see how jealousy and love can sometimes fit together. You’ll look at the unusual description of God “loving us jealously” and learn where the phrase comes from.
While the Bible describes God as a “consuming fire,” it’s one of the more difficult metaphors to comprehend. In this chapter, you’ll trace the word picture’s origins in the Old Testament and learn how thinking of God as a consuming fire can help you understand Him in a deeper way!
In the Bible, God is described as a “consuming fire”—one that preserves only what is good and holy. But how does our modern relationship with fire affect our understanding of this phrase? In this chapter, you’ll consider how this metaphor helps you better understand how God is working in the world.
We all have different people and hobbies that we love. But could you describe your love for anything as a “consuming fire”? In this chapter, you’ll be challenged to expand your understanding of fire so you can fully embrace just how much God loves you!