Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 13, 2018

“His winnowing fork is in His hand to thoroughly clear His threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into His barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 3:10-17.

“And the crowds were questioning him, saying, “Then what shall we do?”  And he would answer and say to them, “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none;  and he who has food is to do likewise.”  And some tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?”  And he said to them, “Collect no more than what you have been ordered to.”  Some soldiers were questioning him, saying, “And what about us, what shall we do?”  And he said to them, “Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with your wages.”

Now while the people were in a state of expectation and all were wondering in their hearts about John, as to whether he was the Christ, John answered and said to them all, “As for me, I baptize you with water;  but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals;  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  His winnowing fork is in His hand to thoroughly clear His threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into His barn;  but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”  Luke 3:10-17.

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We see two points in today’s Scripture.

First, just thoughts or words of repentance are not sufficient.  “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.”  Matthew 7:21.  We should take actions that show our repentance is sincere.  “Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance …”  Luke 3:8.  “Indeed the axe is already laid at the root of the trees;  so every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”  Luke 3:9.

Second, good trees bear good fruit.  “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  So then, you will know them by their fruits.”  Matthew 7:17-20.  Those who bear good fruit are God’s elect.  “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, …”  John 15:16.  “…  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”  Verse 16.

In conclusion, Jesus can easily distinguish the good trees from the bad trees, the wheat from the tares.  There are no close calls such as a person only being one good work short of salvation.  No one can fool Jesus.  There is no head-scratching or doubt in Jesus as to whom should be saved.  “His winnowing fork is in His hand to thoroughly clear His threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into His barn;  but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”  Verse 17.


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