Words Around "FIRE" in English, OT Hebrew, and NT Greek
One of the best foreshadowings of the baptism of fire in the Old Testament is in the
Hebrew word for "fire" itself. Astonishingly, there is but this one Hebrew word
for every English occurrences of "fire" in the King James Old Testament. Spelled
ASh (#784), it is not many words after Ornan
(ARNN #771). A, aleph, often refers to "God," and Sh,
shin, infers "bringing forth, or birth." So the distilled definition
for the word ASh, "fire," might be rendered, "The
birth of God in us" -- or receiving his image in our countenance, for with the
mighty change, Christ comes and makes his abode with us, or in our heart, through the Holy
Ghost. Another definition for ASh (#786, different vowel points
(d.v.p.)) is, "I am." The next definition for ASh
(#787, d.v.p.) is equally profound and relevant: "Foundations."
["Remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son
of God, that ye must build your foundation." (Hel. 5:12.) Indeed, the baptism of fire
and of the Holy Ghost is fundamental to establishing that foundation. (3 Ne. 11:35,39.)]
Another definition for ASh (#785, d.v.p.), also having the meaning
of "flame," cites Daniel 7:11 in which the beast which has made war with the
saints and prevailed for a short season (Dan. 7:21,25) "is slain, and his body
destroyed, and given to the burning flame." "Wherefore, [the Lord] will preserve
the righteous by his power, even if it so be that the fulness of his wrath must come, and
the righteous be preserved, even unto the destruction of their enemies by fire. Wherefore,
the righteous need not fear; for thus saith the prophet, they shall be saved, even if it
so be as by fire." (1 Ne. 22:17.) Following his alphabetic scheme, Gesenius lists
three words prior to #784 ASh ("fire"), which have a
meaning reminiscent of covenant [everlasting covenant]: AShR
(unused root): "To bind;" AShRAL (840) "whom God has
bound;" AShRYAL (844,5): "vow of God." The word
prior to these, ARThChShShThA (783) means: "strong,
powerful" -- the only virtuous and lasting attainment of which comes through
Christ. "And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the power of the Lamb of God, that
it descended upon the saints of the church of the Lamb, and upon the covenant people of
the Lord, who were scattered upon all the face of the earth; and they were armed with
righteousness and with the power of God in great glory." (1 Ne. 14:14.)
in the New Testament Greek Lexicon
There is a grouping of words in Greek which mean "fire," the main derivative being word 4442. In its vicinity are a few words of particular relevance to the doctrine of Christ and the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost.
Words 4432 - 4434 mean "poor and helpless." That definition, in the context of fire and the gospel brings to mind the following scriptures:
Another definition of note, prior to word 4442, "fire," is the word pule (4439) and pulon (4440), which mean "a door, gate." Certainly "gate" and "fire" are closely related in the context of the gospel, as the baptism of fire is part of entering the gate. (II Nephi 31:17,18.)
The word after "gate" (4438,4440) and before "fire" (4442) means "to ask, inquire" (4441). Asking or beseeching the Lord is of course a fundamental part of the process of receiving the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost.
Two other words that mean fire in Greek are phlogizo (5394) "to inflame, set on fire;" and phlox (5395), "a bright burning fire or flame."
The words before and after this seem a commentary on the tongues associated with the baptism of fire. In some charismatic teachings, speaking in tongues is considered a necessary manifestation to show that one has received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. If there are no tongues, there has not been the receipt of the Holy Ghost. What sometimes happens in practice, though, is much to-do and fakery. Rather than the tongues being something which glorifies God and benefits the congregation, they serve as more of a babbling confusion, edifying no one. Thanks to the Book of Mormon, we know that this speaking with the tongue of angels is not merely speaking in another language, but entails praising God, including in ones own language. With this in mind, I will quote here the word definitions before and after these two Greek words for "fire." You can their commentary and apply it as is fitting.
See also "A New Heart and
Tongues" (click here to go back if you came from here)
in the English Dictionary
In the English, fire includes the meanings:
This brings to mind the scripture:
The word after the forms of fire... is firk: "(3) To beat; strike; chasitse."
The next major word is
Then is firmament: "(2) Fixed foundation; established basis." [e.g. rock of Jesus Christ.]
Finally, there is first: "(1) Preceding all others; foremost."
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