Light the Backfire
Salvation is not setting aside the sin you love and doing the
righteous or religious acts you despise believing that by doing so you
are pleasing God. This just describes a filthy vile man bowing to a
king he does not know or love. If God wanted this and made eternal
life dependent on how well we pulled it off He would be nothing more
than a despotic madman accomplishing mans certain destruction.
To believe you can stop sinning to become righteous is to believe
imprisoning men makes them good. Man is simply capable of modifying
their behavior. We can be deterred by negative feedback or harmful
consequences but inside we would do it again if there were no
When Jesus spoke of salvation He spoke of transformation – a new man –
born again – dead to flesh and alive in the Spirit. As Evangelist Paul
Washer puts it - “Salvation is a supernatural act by where the sin you
once loved you now despise and the righteousness you once despised you
now desire.” Not that you become sinless but that your sin no longer
brings pleasure but sends you running back into the arms of Christ
Jesus. Not that you are suddenly willing to do religious acts but that
you now find great pleasure in doing what God said – doing what
pleases Him not out of duty but out of love.
The wrath of God to come is like a blazing inferno coming at you from
all sides. Many in this area know what that is like from living
through the wild fires of previous years. God’s wrath is going to come
on mankind just like that one day, devouring sin until it is no more.
A backfire is one way of protecting yourself and those you love. We
have a backfire against God’s wrath in Jesus Christ.
When Jesus died on the cross the very thing He wept over in the Garden
of Gethsemane came down and crushed Him...the Wrath of the Father.
Jesus took the wrath of sinners and was separated from the
Father...the Trinity was broken for the only time in eternity.
“Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; Yet we
ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. But He
was pierced through for out transgression, He was crushed for our
iniquities; The chastening for our well being fell upon Him, and by
His scourging we are healed...But the Lord was pleased to crush Him,
putting Him to grief if He would render Himself as a guilt offering.”
Just as an offering was burned on the Jewish temple alter so Christ
was consumed by the wrath of the Father on our behalf. Burned, a
perfect-man offering: raised again on the third day, the Son of God,
and seated at the right hand of the Father soon to judge those who
will not believe.
LIGHT THE BACKFIRE!! surround yourself with Christ. Put on the full
armor of God (Ephesians 6) which IS Christ Jesus. HIS righteousness;
HIS truth; His Gospel; His Spirit; His Salvation – put it all on so
that the fire of the wrath of God cannot consume you.
God’s people will not suffer His wrath, that is a promise. Not because
you have quit sinning but because you know and love and confess HIM as
Lord. Go on, light the fire! He is MIGHTY to save!