The God that Answers by Fire
Acts 1:8, 1 Kings 18:17-40
How is the Holy Spirit like a fire? The Bible describes God as 'A Consuming Fire' Heb 12:29. So, it is not surprising that fire often appears as a symbol of God's presence. Examples include the burning bush Ex. 3:2, the Shekinah Glory Ex. 14:19, Num. 9:15-16.
Fire has many times been an instrument of God's judgment. Num. 11:1, II Kings 1:10, 12 and a sign of His power Jdg. 13:20.
Fire was important for the Old Testament sacrifices. Lev. 9:24.
God charged the priests with keeping His fire lit. Lev. 6:13,
In the New Testament, the altar can serve as a picture of our commitment to the Lord. Rom. 12:1
At the very beginning of the New Testament, the Holy Spirit is associated with fire. John the Baptist predicts that Jesus will be the One to 'baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire' Matt. 3:11, Acts 2:3-4
The Spirit is like a fire in at least four ways:
- The Holy Spirit is God's presence, God's passion, and God's purity. Rom. 8:9, Num. 9: 15 Num. 9:17-23.
- In the New Testament, God guides and comforts His children with the Holy Spirit dwelling in our bodies – 'The Tabernacle' and the 'Temple of the Living God'.
- The Holy Spirit creates the passion of God in our hearts. After the two traveling disciples talk with the resurrected Jesus, they describe their hearts as 'burning within us' Luke 24:32,
- The Holy Spirit produces the purity of God in our lives. God's purpose is to purify us - Titus 2:14, Psa. 66:10, Prov. 17:3.
THE FIRE OF GOD
- Moses met the presence of God as a flame of fire in the midst of a bush. Exo. 3:2, Exo. 3:2
- The people of Israel confronted the presence of God at Sinai where fire came down from heaven upon the Mountain. -Exo. 19:18
- Solomon dedicated the Temple and fire fell from heaven and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. II Chron 7:1
- Daniel's vision of the Ancient of Days had God's throne as a fiery flame and a river of fire came out from it. Dan. 7:9-10