Archive for December 8th, 2013

His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.  St. Matthew 3: 12

Flour is made from wheat.  The fruit, that is, the wheat must be separated from the chaff.  Before the great agricultural inventions of the  19th-20th Centuries, this was done by hand with a winnowing fork.  As we see above the harvester tosses the wheat into the air with his winnowing fork and the wind blows away the light wheat husks and the grain falls to the ground.  Then the harvester gathers the wheat for the mill and the chaff to burn.  The Holy Spirit, and the word “spirit” as in Latin, Greek and Hebrew can also mean “wind” or “breath”.  The Holy Spirit blows away the husks to separate the useless chaff of sin to be burned and gather the fruit into the granaries of the Lord.  John the Baptizer points us to the last day. The work of the Holy Spirit is to teach us Jesus Christ, the chaff to burn, the fruit to ripen in daily repentance and forgiveness. No human has the lung capacity to blow away sin, nor death, nor the power of the devil. All the self-help advice in the world can not. When we try we are fooling ourselves and the result will either be despair or overweening spiritual pride. I don’t have the lungs for it.  The Lord, the Holy Spirit does and He has the means, the means of grace on account of Jesus Christ.  If we are not separated from sin, repenting,  then we will burn, and hell fire does not compare to any fire on earth. The Lord desires no one to so burn.

This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.  1 Timothy 2

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