TEXT: Luke 3 (17) “17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.”
BR: Luke 3 (15-18)
INTRO: Verse 17 said that Jesus’ fan is in His hand; the winnowing process is a method used to separate grain from chaff.
CHAFF: The husks of corn or other seed, which is separated from that corn by winnowing or threshing.
…the process in which you blow a current of air through (grain) in order to remove the chaff. This is also used to remove chaff from piles of rice.
I) The Fan is in his hand (ready)
First it must be separated; the process of THRESHING or, THRASHING
This is done by machinery, oxen walking on it, or sometimes flailing it, against a hard surface. This hard surface is called the THRESHING FLOOR.
GARNER: …a place for storing anything, a granary
ILL: Picture rice still on a stalk, and picking each grain loose with your teeth!
The threshing FLOOR is a person’s heart;
II) The Floor is ready (people’s hearts)
In Luke Chapter 13
…the bible described the WORK of the Holy Ghost as being just like the winnowing process
Daniel – The three Hebrew boys thrown into the fire
God didn’t want to burn up the men; He wanted to burn up the BONDS.
The Holy Ghost will burn up only THE CHAFF, not the wheat
It is amazing how the bible shows us that God cleans up the LIFE of a sinner, transforming him into a Christian; someone that is LIKE JESUS. The ANSWER to the sin problem is in the bible; it is in Christ; yet this ONE ISSUE is the thing that causes most division among Christian groups; acceptance of sin
III) Are YOU ready?
Why would God even SAY such things, if He didn’t intend to take away sin?
Have you never heard Matt. 1 and the instructions to Jesus’ Dad?
“You will call his name Jesus,” because…He will save His people from their sins.
Because He DELIVERS from SIN, He bears the name; Jehovah [Yahweh] is salvation
And what is Salvation? It is deliverance from sin and its consequences.
Too many believe that God’s salvation only saves them from the consequences.
Avoiding hell depends on such deliverance. (SEE VERSE 21 of Gal. 5)
The potential disaster was this: (Gal. 5: 15)
That these church members in Galatia would consume one another!
They were BITING and DEVOURING (Eating like zombies; consume quickly and swallow down)
CONSUME: nothing left
Not many believe in this “Old time religion” anymore it seems, as Christian churches across America denounce the power of the Holy Ghost, trading it off for a more “convenient religion”.
Books are written by religious leaders in America, denouncing it as “Charismaticism” and “legalism” but only because of their self-limited experiences of God.
The Holy Ghost is not what they want, because it would mean burning up ‘chaff’.
Go to II Tim. 2
Silly women, laden with sins…
Job 5 (2)
2 For wrath killeth the foolish man,
And envy slayeth the silly one.
Praying for the FIRE to burn up your chaff
Holy Ghost “fire” is something you can really FEEL inside you, when you have it.
This is what people SHOULD be talking about; not about each other!