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“One meaning of the name God is “burning”…Thus, He is called a consuming fire (see also Heb 12:29), and He burns up sin and corruption in the repentant. He cleanses them with His purifying fire…He also gives them His water of life, which quenches their thirst that once burned with sins, but now yearns for Him and His kingdom…” (Orthodox Study Bible, Deuteronomy 4:24)

“The Logos of God is at the same time both a lamp and a light (cf. Psalms 119:105; Proverbs 6:23). For He illumines those thoughts of the faithful which are in accordance with nature, but burns those which are contrary to nature; He dispels the darkness of sensory life for those who press forward by means of the commandments towards the life that they hope for, but punishes with the fire of judgment those who willfully cleave to the dark night of this present life because of their love for the flesh.” (St. Maximos the Confessor)

“It was also fitting that a pillar of fire preceded the Israelites as they progressed through the desert during the night and a pillar of a cloud during the day. There is dread in fire but a gentle soothing quality in the sight of a cloud. “Day” is understood to point toward the life of the righteous and “night” that of the sinner. Hence Paul said to sinners who had been converted, “You were once darkness but are now light in the Lord” [Eph 5:8]. The pillar was revealed as a cloud during the day and as a fire during the night since almighty God will appear soothing to the righteous and dreadful to the unrighteous. When He comes at the judgment, He will reassure the former by His gentleness and mildness and cause dread in the latter by the strictness of His justice.” (St. Gregory the Great)

“God Himself does not tempt me, but He does allow me to be tempted by my own sinful desires and passions. Why? Because through resisting temptation I learn humility and patience. Through struggling with temptation I grow spiritually. Through fighting temptation I win victory by the Cross. The fire of spiritual warfare purifies my faith and love.” (Archpriest Steven John Belonick)

“…everyone will be exposed to God’s judging fire, but for those who love God they will experience this fire as light and illumination. It is only those who ‘deserve’ punishment who will experience the fire as pain and suffering. Christ’s words to His disciples above give us some sense that condemning sinners to hell is not the desire of the God who is love. God continues to do everything to bring everyone in communion with the Holy Trinity. Some may choose to reject this love forever but that love remains eternal.” (Fr. Ted Bobosh)

“God is fire. God is love. God is a self-propagating emotional power, a fire that shares itself. Centuries after Moses beheld the flames of the burning bush, this same fire merged with the tongues of flame at Pentecost, and with the fire that burned within the hearts of the disciples at Emmaus. In saying that God is a fire of love we are certainly stating a truth that plays havoc with many of our ideas, in fact almost all our ideas. (Fr. Lev Gillet)

“There is no accident in God’s decision to enter our world through the most humble of all gates: the womb of the Blessed Virgin. The mystery of her womb is sometimes described as fire (she is the Burning Bush, who bears God in her womb – “our God is a consuming fire”) and yet is not burned. Our own rebirth and renewal in Christ comes through immersion in the same fire.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“Step by step, God reveals the source of sin. God's love is like a fire that consumes sin until only what is good remains. But without repentance, nothing good will remain…For our God is a fire which consumes everything unclean, and no one who is defiled in body or spirit can enter into communion with Him.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Joshua 7:14-18, St. Seraphim of Sarov)

“Because the saints saw that the divine fire would cleanse them and benefit them, they did not shrink back from or get discouraged by the trials which they faced. Rather than being hurt by what they went through, they grew and were made better, shining like gold that has been refined in a fire.” (St. Athanasius)

“The Lord Jesus Christ is quite willing to divide humanity. He is forthright concerning His intentions: “Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division” (Lk 12:51). The God-man came as the Word of fire which “consumes every materialistic and coarse thought and destroys idols made of whatever substance”…Christ is the fire of truth igniting the imbedded lies of this world.” (Blessed Theophylact, Dynamis 11/11/2020)

“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 Ministries, 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)

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