The Fire to Come

John repeatedly warns his hearers of “the wrath to come” (3:7), which he describes as a fire – the most painful of torments. This awful judgment will come from Jesus, who will either baptize people with the Holy Spirit, or with fire (3:11; Luke3:16). It will come upon all who do not “Repent” and “Bear fruits worthy of repentance” (3:2,8). The fire of judgment will never end; nothing can extinguish it; the flames will burn forever (3:12). Jesus also spoke often of God’s wrath which will come upon those who do not “Repent, and believe in the Gospel (Mark 1:15). True repentance and sincere faith are demonstrated by changed conduct, so Jesus warns that “Évery tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire” (7:19). This “fire of hell” awaits those who carry grudges (Matthew 5:22) and those who do not receive the Gospel of God and who therefore “practice lawlessness” (13:41). They will be “cast into “the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (13:42, 50). Like John, Jesus emphasized that this fiery judgment will never end; it will be “everlasting” (18:8). What about you? Have you repented of your sins and put your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior? If so, then thank God every day that you have been saved from everlasting torment in the fires of hell. If you have not yet turned from sin and sought salvation in Christ, then now – even today – is the time to ask God to save you from eternal misery in hell.