Fire and Brimstone?

The elements of “the lake of fire” are “fire” and “brimstone.” Throughout the scripture, as in life, fire is a purifying agent. It consumes the consumable, leaving purity in its wake, converting material substance into energy (spirit). It is referred to as a refiner of gold, trials of various kinds, judgment and even to God Himself,

For our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29).

Is it divine design or mere coincidence that “fire and brimstone” are mentioned as the essence of “the lake of fire”? Brimstone is the old English name for sulfur, an element which was traditionally considered a purifying agent and is still used in the science of healing today. The Greek word for it is theion, which is the neuter form of the word for God, theos, the masculine form. Is this also a coincidence, or is this book of signs telling us that “the lake of fire” is somehow symbolic of God and His purifying and chastening love? Our God, the Consuming Fire manifested in purifying Brimstone (chastening love).

The Love of God is tender Fire,
Destined to consume
The dross of sin and wrong desire
That drives man to doom.

Bert Bauman
The Gospel, pages 37-38

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