For this topical study, I would strongly encourage you to read all the passages selected. Each passage contributes to a better understanding of these aspect of our Master that we seek to understand. May He who accurately discerns all things, give us clearer eyes to see Him who sees us.
Matthew 3:11-12 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
John 2:23-25. Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.
Hebrews 4:12-13. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Hebrews 12:29. For our God is a consuming fire.
I Corinthians 3-15. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
John The Baptist prepared the way of the Lord. John was the forerunner of Messiah and described how Messiah would baptize with the Holy Ghost and with fire. This baptism speaks of both salvation and judgement. Notice how John the Baptist described the complete discerning and separating action of the one who came after him. He would thoroughly purge His floor, gathering the wheat to be kept and used and burning the chaff with unquenchable fire. Messiah is irresistibly discerning. Messiah is undeceivable. Messiah separates the wheat from the chaff. He gathers the wheat into His garner and the chaff, He burns with fire that will not be extinguished. He sees the difference. He makes the separation. He preserves the wheat. He burns the chaff.
Rev. 1:14 …and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
Rev. 2:18. And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee,…
Concerning the Lord Jesus, there never has been nor ever will be any successful attempt on the part of man to deceive Him. He is thoroughly acquainted with the remotest intricacies of every one of us. He knows the direction of our thoughts and intentions. He knows if we truly love and desire to serve Him. He knows if and when we regard iniquity in our hearts and if our hearts are set on mischief. God never gives us the benefit of the doubt because there is no doubt with Him. Even as much as He knows us and thoroughly understands all the reasons why He could justifiably condemn us, in truth He beholds us and He loves us still. And in His unsearchable love He diagnoses our malady and offers His remedy with these words, “Will you be made whole?”. Is. 53:11 …by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
This love that He has for us does not proclaim our loveliness, but His unfathomable and unsearchable grace. His great love for us is not a reflection of us, but of Him. And because He has set His love upon us we have this hope of glory.
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
Psalms 139:1-4 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.
Psalms 139:23-24. Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me,and lead me in the way everlasting.
Oh Lord, before we ever knew that there was a problem, you diagnosed our sickness and made provision for our cure. Your blood cleanses us from the stain of sin, your Spirit strengthens us against the power of sin and your word instructs against the practice of sin. Forgive us anew for we need your mercy every morning and empower us to walk up rightly before you. For those who do not know of their sickness, I ask that you would grant repentance to the acknowledging of the truth that they may receive remission of sins through your name (Acts 2:38, 10:43); in the name of JESUS CHRIST let this be.