So wait, you think because Hell won't touch you God gave you a pass on experiencing Fire?
Consider the following verses:
The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.
Yeah cuz a furnace is comfortable...
"I will also turn My hand against you, And will smelt away your dross as with lye And will remove all your alloy.
Cuz when you smelt something and associate it with people we aren't talking about real heat and fire...its a metaphor...
1 Peter 1:7
so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
The proof of your faith more precious than gold that can perish even though tested by FIRE...hmmm. Maybe this is a cold comfy fire...
For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins. You made men ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water, Yet You brought us out into a place of abundance.
"For the sake of My name I delay My wrath, And for My praise I restrain it for you, In order not to cut you off. "Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. "For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act; For how can My name be profaned? And My glory I will not give to another.
Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, "Behold, I will refine them and assay them; For what else can I do, because of the daughter of My people? "Their tongue is a deadly arrow; It speaks deceit; With his mouth one speaks peace to his neighbor, But inwardly he sets an ambush for him. "Shall I not punish them for these things?" declares the LORD. "On a nation such as this Shall I not avenge Myself?
"It will come about in all the land," Declares the LORD, "That two parts in it will be cut off and perish; But the third will be left in it. "And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will say, 'They are My people,' And they will say, 'The LORD is my God.'"
"I have made you an assayer and a tester among My people, That you may know and assay their way." All of them are stubbornly rebellious, Going about as a talebearer They are bronze and iron; They, all of them, are corrupt. The bellows blow fiercely, The lead is consumed by the fire; In vain the refining goes on, But the wicked are not separated.They call them rejected silver, Because the LORD has rejected them.
"Some of those who have insight will fall, in order to refine, purge and make them pure until the end time; because it is still to come at the appointed time.
"Many will be purged, purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand.
"But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap. "He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness. "Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.
What is Hell?
And there came down fire from God out of heaven, and devoured them; and the devil, who seduced them, was cast into the pool of fire and brimstone, where both the beast
And the false prophet shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
And I saw a great white throne, and one sitting upon it, from whose face the earth and heaven fled away, and there was no place found for them.
And I saw the dead, great and small, standing in the presence of the throne, and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged by those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
And the sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and hell gave up their dead that were in them; and they were judged every one according to their works.
And hell and death were cast into the pool of fire. This is the second death.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life, was cast into the pool of fire.
Thus, it is the "Fiery Judgement of God", therefore anytime God disciplines or judges, the experience of God's discipline and judgement is likened to Fire.
It is FOOLISH to teach that Followers of Christ do not, will not experience at all in any way God's Fire. The very same fire that will light Hell and cause it to burn with no end is the same Fire of refinement.
But we won't experience Hell. Your faith will still be tested by FIRE. You will still experience the EXACT SAME FIRE. Stop disassociating yourself. Christians treat sinners with an arrogance of preservation from the Fiery Judgement of God unjustly. How can we endure the fire? How is it that a Follower of Jesus can experience the FIery Judgement of God and seemingly not be set on Fire or tormented by the Fire of Hell and walk out unscathed?
Now we are getting to the issue and we can speak with people with humility. It's not I, but Christ in Me. No I do not mean a "Christ Consciousness" I mean it is the very Spirit of the Living God doing the refiner's work in me. His Spirit is preserving me from the Fire and using that very same Fire that WILL TORMENT some, to make me perfected and ONLY because I accepted a gift that was offered to all. I did not take it for granted, I did not leave it unwrapped. I did not spit at it and scoff at it. I chose to receive it, unwrapped it and clothed myself within it and trust Him that when the Fire comes everything He said about receiving the gift would be true. I took Him at His Word.
My name is Justin Batz and this is a message from Shepherding the Heart to all who have ears let Him hear.