“The Burning Campfire” Posted May 26th 2008, 09:56
Joh 1:14 And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled
fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory
(His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father,
full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth. [Isa. 40:5.]
The Light of the Campfire
Just about everyone has experienced sitting near a campfire. Whether camping in the
outdoors or perhaps at a church camp. You have a fire burning in a pit
surrounded by rocks. You are sitting in the darkness of night, while the fire burns.
Staring into the fire while singing songs or just enjoying the peace and tranquility
of the moment.
The Bible (Word) is like a campfire. The first thing you notice about a campfire is that it
produces light. It produces illumination that allows you to see during the darkness. The
farther you are away from the fire, the dimmer the light becomes, until you are not directly
receiving light, but you can still see the fire. As you move further away from the campfire,
it eventually becomes lost to the sight also. So is our perception and reception of the Lord
through the Word.
Jesus said, “For a brief time still, the light is among you. Walk by the light you have so
darkness doesn’t destroy you. If you walk in darkness, you don’t know where you’re going”.
(Joh 12:35) MSG. If we are standing in the light of the fire, we are absorbing the Word, and
seeing and doing it’s truths. “In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the
light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (Joh 1:4-5) KJV.
The light from the campfire also draws and invites the lost who are in darkness, and
gives them illumination. “The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them
which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up”. (Mat 4:16) KJV.
Consequentially, those who prefer to dwell in the darkness, and reject the light of the fire…
“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness
rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the
light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth
truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought
in God”. (Joh 3:19-21) “But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him”.
(Joh 11:10) “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe
not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine
unto them”. (2Co 4:4)
As we walk toward and press closer to the campfire, the light and illumination of the Word
becomes brighter. “If then your entire body is illuminated, having no part dark, it will be
wholly bright [with light], as when a lamp with its bright rays gives you light”. (Luk 11:36) AMP.
“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your
praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your
Father Who is in heaven”. (Mat 5:16) AMP. “For God, who commanded the light to shine
out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of
God in the face of Jesus Christ”. (2Co 4:6)
The Heat of the Campfire
As we are standing or sitting in this bright illumination of the Word of truth, we begin to
notice something else… the heat of the campfire. It is warming and comforting. This is the
love of God emulating from the fire. “But after that the kindness and love of God our
Savior toward man appeared”, (Tit 3:4) KJV.
“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten
Son into the world, that we might live through him”. (1Jn 4:9)
Truly, this is.. “the kindness and love of God our Savior toward men…” This heat is
transforming. We begin to love people. We have an unsearchable love and hunger for God.
The brethren become the most beloved people in our lives.
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that
ye also love one another”. (Joh 13:34) KJV “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil
the law of Christ. (Gal 6:2)
“And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience)
and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is
love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God
dwells and continues in him”. (1Jn 4:16) AMP. As we stand or sit in the light and warmth
of the campfire, we are at peace. We can stare into the essence of the fire, and feel secure.
He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know
Him], for God is love. (1Jn 4:8) AMP.
So conversely, the heat of the fire does not comfort those who do not desire the love of God
In, it produces a burn. Which produces an anger. The church reads so much into the wrath
and anger of God.. but God is not capable of wrath and anger. It is not one of His attributes
“People were severely burned (scorched) by the fiery heat, and they reviled and
blasphemed the name of God, Who has control of these plagues, and they did not repent of
their sins [felt no regret, contrition, and compunction for their waywardness, refusing to a
mend their ways] to give Him glory”. (Rev 16:9)
Ever try to talk with someone about the love of God and the cross, and receive a bitter
rebuttal about hearing such things? This is the searing, burning of conscious that occurs
with the rejection of God’s generous call to His Kingdom. God allows this rejection, and
the burning of hell’s fire to enter into the individual because we are moral free agents. This
is alsocalled the “fuel of the fire” in the Word; “Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the
fire consumes both ends of it and the middle of it is charred. Is it suitable or profitable for
any work? Notice, even when it was whole, it was good for no work; how much less shall it
be useful and profitable when the fire has devoured it and it is charred? Therefore thus
says the Lord God: Like the wood of the grapevine among the trees of the forest, which I
have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give up the inhabitants of Jerusalem”.
(Eze 15:4-6) AMP.
“Yet he will perish forever like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, Where is
he?” (Job 20:7) AMP.
“If anyone hears My teachings and fails to observe them [does not keep them, but
disregards them], it is not I who judges him. For I have not come to judge and to condemn
and to pass sentence and to inflict penalty on the world, but to save the world”
(Joh 12:47) AMP.
The fire of the Word that is burning is only pure love along with pure righteousness and
wisdom. This is not God’s anger and wrath, but man’s response to the heat of the fire.
The Essence of the Campfire
As we gaze into the campfire, we see the fire of the Word itself. This is the very essence,
the existence, the very being of God. “No man has ever seen God at any time; the only
unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of
the Father, He has declared Him” [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He
can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known]. (Joh 1:18) AMP. We
can see this fire because God took on a human form, and glorified it so we can see the
essence of Him more clearly to our understanding. More clearly revealed than any of the
human race since antiquity. It is like the sun of our solar system. We can see it, perceive it,
and feel it’s heat. It provides us with life. But we cannot know or see the true essence or
make up of it. If we got to close to our sun, our very existence would perish. Our atomic
makeup would explode into oblivion. Such is seeing the face of God. Even the angels do
not see such things.
But thanks be to God that through the projection of Jesus we can see and comprehend the
fire of the Word… “And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold
[in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured
into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to
another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit” (2Co 3:18) AMP.
Dwell In the Light of the Campfire
As we sit or stand in the light of the campfire, we are able to meditate peacefully on the fire
of the Word and obey it’s precepts and to contemplate it’s great truths;
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night”.
(Psa 1:2) KJV.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day
and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you
shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success”.
“That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of
our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only
Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the
light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be
honour and power everlasting. Amen” (1Ti 6:14-16) KJV.
The open campfire is a remarkable representative of the Word of God. The essence of the
fire is the Lord Himself, emulating from it is the light which is the truth, the heat from it is
We are then able to follow the first commandment… “And he answering said, Thou shalt
love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength,
and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself” (Luk 10:27) KJV
Perhaps the greatest truth the campfire holds is that the Father, the Son and the Holy
Ghost are not three distinct persons we call upon… “For there are three that bear record in
heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one“. (1Jn 5:7)