TONGUES OF FIRE
Acts 2:1-3 ” When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each one of them.”
The Scene: A representation of the separation of the tongues of fire coming from the flame of the Holy Spirit ascending upon the Church (body of believers in Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior).
The Holy Spirit is shown in the above Scripture as “wind” indicating His presence and as fire, an indication of the Spirit as “purifier”.
Malachi 3:2-3a “But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver.”
The Church was not fearful at the presence of the Holy Spirit, but in awe. The Holy Spirit enters each person, purifies them, living in them, His holy temple, a holy place.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 ” Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.”
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