“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.” (Mt 3:11)
The original Apostles of the Lord and most of those who succeeded them were baptized with fire. Even in this end time era there are several servants of God who have chosen to be baptized with fire in spite of the attendant persecution, tribulation and suffering for Christ’s sake.
Those who desire to be baptized with fire must first be baptized into Christ. It means to have an encounter with Jesus Christ resulting in the implantation of a miniaturized image of God otherwise known as Hypostatic Chip.
When you are baptised with fire, you will know. There will be:
- Intense hunger to know more of God.
- Unquenchable thirst for righteousness.
- Great desire to be with the Lord in the body or out of the body.
- Consciousness of the shortness of time and the urgent need to fulfil destiny.
- Compassion for perishing souls and the need to preach the gospel of grace of God to them.
- Acute hatred for the things, ways and fashion of the world.
- No fear of death either by natural means or through martyrdom.
- Readiness for the rapture of the church by being watchful of needful things, faithful to the Lord by abiding in Him to the end, and fruitful through execution of the Great Commission of winning souls and making disciples of the saved to bring them to maturity in Christ.
- Pleasure derived from gathering together of brethren for fellowship.
- Daily expectation for the airlift of saints to meet the Lord in the air in order to remain with Him forever.
A genuine heaven-conscious servant of God must follow Jesus to the Cross. That is where the journey to heaven begins. Identification with Christ is evidence of baptism with fire. “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”(Gal 2:20)