Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner…
Scripture abounds with comparisons drawn from the various occupations of the husbandman, e.g., threshing and winnowing (Isaiah 21:10; Jeremiah 15:7). The visible Church may be considered as Christ's floor here On this floor, or in the visible Church, there is a mixture of wheat and chaff — of really believing and holy people, with hypocrites and ungodly persons. A separation, however, will be made between them. Christ is omniscient to discriminate character; and omnipotent to put His will into execution. He distinguishes and separates characters —
(1) by the doctrines of His Word;
(2) by the dispensations of His providence;
(3) by the convictions of His Spirit.By these means, a considerable distinction and discovery of character is made even now, and it will be completed at the Judgment.
(James Foote, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.