One of the DEEP RED mysteries of God’s Kingdom being revealed in our day has to do with the BAPTISM OF FIRE, which will refine His Bride into a pure and spotless state. When we discuss RIGHTEOUSNESS, many times we will be jumping back and forth from the Messiah’s Bride – who is made ready by being clothed in righteousness – to the Order of Melchizedek, which personifies the King of Righteousness and Peace.
Yesterday, we discussed that the Melchizedek birds of a feather that are now flocking together only glory in the cross of Yeshua Ha Machiach (Jesus Christ). The cross was Yeshua’s third and final baptism – His Baptism of Fire (Matt 3:11).
Please bear with me as I lay a little ground work. Divine series of three in Scripture are keys for the hour that we live in. When you see three items listed in your Bible, sit up and take notice. Biblical threes list things from easiest to hardest; but more importantly, they reveal the way of life that propels us toward maturity. I prefer to use the phrase “move onto perfection” (Heb 6:1) to the word “maturity.” Divine threes are typically progressive in nature with one building on what was previously gained or attained. Usually these steps that move us unto perfection also overlap (where God can be working on two or three different levels within us at the same time, since parts of any one of us can be more mature than others). Yeshua’s three baptisms articulated in Matthew 3:11 is a good example. Being baptized by water is easier, and usually precedes, being baptized by the Holy Spirit, which is definitely easier than being baptized by fire by going to a cross.
Mark 9:49 NKJV says: “For everyone will be seasoned with fire.” Everyone? Everyone. Each person who desires to be part of the Order of Melchizedek and the Bride of the Messiah must walk where He walked, even to the utmost crucifixion of our flesh.
I sought the Lord for years asking Him: How is a person clothed in righteousness as Your Bride? As I was studying the word “throne” in Scripture a couple years ago, Jeremiah 33:18 struck me like a bolt of lightning. He showed me that the way of being enthroned or clothed in righteousness was progressive crucifixion steps, which are the spiritual sacrifices still required of God’s Holy Priesthood (1 Pet 2:5). This is the process by which we will actually hit the Father’s bull’s eye of righteousness.
The moving unto perfection crucifixion process outlined in Jeremiah 33:18 will completely circumcise our carnal nature. Remember our Savior needs our permission to crucify our sin nature. Once we have endure the cross and our flesh has been mortified, Yeshua purges one’s soul with fire to at last make our soul His permanent dwelling place. Hebrews 10:39 says it like this “have faith to the possessing of the soul.”
Behold, an awesome treasure of the DEEP RED mystery of His Kingdom: Crucified (mature) sons will return to their primordial position:
 Body – Clothed in righteousness.
 Soul – Completely filled with the “shekinah” glory of God where it’s the permanent Dwelling Place of God (NOTE: “shekinah” in Hebrew means “to dwell”).
 Spirit – Continually in constant communion with their Creator.
Once a soul endures the cross to the point of purification – the All-Consuming Fire purging – he or she is clothed or enthroned in righteousness. Stay tuned. Tomorrow, we will begin to go into the steps for the Bride’s Baptism of Fire outlined in Jeremiah 33:18.
References: Psa 16:11; Jer 33:18; Matt 3:11; 16:24; Mark 9:49; John 14:6; 1 Pet 2:5; Heb 6:1; 7:2; 10:39; Rev 19:7-8.