John Wesley: plucked from the fire.

Every Christian is a “brand plucked from the fire.” We have been saved from the fire that shall never be quenched, and our commission is to pull sinners “out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh” (Jude 23).

“Born in 1703, John Wesley was the fifteenth child, and second surviving son of Susanna and Samuel Wesley. His father was the pastor of Epworth… [When John was age five] the Wesleys’ home caught on fire in the night. All the children were removed safely from the house, but when they were counted, John was missing. A farmer from nearby spotted little John looking out of an upstairs window amid the leaping flames. Several neighbors climbed on each other’s shoulders, until the man on top was able to put his arms around the boy and pull him out of the flames to safety. Only moments after he was rescued, the entire house exploded in flames. Ever after, for the rest of his life, John Wesley referred to himself ‘as a brand plucked from the burning,’ quoting Zechariah 3:2.” Leslie F. Church, Knight of the Burning Heart: The Story of John Wesley

Zechariah 3:2 And the Lord said to Satan, The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?

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