Fire (Spiritual Fire)
“In Mark 9:49 Christ says “For everyone will be seasoned with fire…” Being seasoned with fire means being tested to see if one’s faith and works are genuine. There is a difference between being tested and tempted. God tries us [to help us grow], but He never tempts us.” (James 1:13). (Sacramental Living Blog, Orthodox Study Bible, Mark 9:49, James 1:13).
“For our God is a consuming fire (Heb. 12:29). For the righteous the love of God is a purifying, illumining, and deifying fire. For the unrighteous it is a burning fire.” (Clark Carlton)
“Love is fire. All who love truly know this: God is Love, and God is Fire. God’s fire will consume those who are not fire themselves, and render bright and shining all those who are fire themselves.” (Alexander Kalomiros)
“For the one who has never loved and who is consumed in his own “ego and his own passions, being with God for all eternity will be hell to him. Without love, we cannot experience the fire of God without being burned.” (Abbot Tryphon)
“God will help us when we are under fire for our faith.” (Life Application Study Bible, Acts 23:6-8)