Dr. Paul Dhinakaran

Fire Of The Holy Spirit

Dr. Paul Dhinakaran
08 Oct
When we read the Old Testament, we learn that every time a sacrifice was made; fire from heaven consumed it as a mark of God’s acceptance of the offering. In tems of atonement of sins, sacrifice of an animal was of paramount importance. The ritual was to lay the sins of the persons onto the animal and then offer it as the sacrifice of atonement. This freed the person of the sins he/she had committed.
There are innumerable instances in the scripture, where we learn about the importance of sacrifice. When Aaron and Moses offered a sacrifice to God, the fire came from heaven to accept it. When Elijah offered the sacrifice to prove that the Lord is God, the fire came from heaven and burnt up the sacrifice, drying out the water. It is the sign of acceptance by God. Also, King David looked up to God and offered a sacrifice and God answered by sending fire. King Solomon made the greatest sacrifice ever made by a king - sacrifice of 22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep and goats (2 Chronicles 7:5). And God accepted that too. It made the whole nation to bow before the Lord and confess “He is God”. 
When we ponder on the the mentioned verse, we see Jesus facing the moment of anguish and dismay. For the time had come for Him to be sacrificed for the atonement of sins of mankind.
God made Himself as a sacrifice on the cross and said “Before the fire comes upon the earth, I have to be constrained” (Luke 12:50). He offered himself as a sacrifice to be lifted up above the whole world. Following this was the fire of the Holy spirit descending upon His disciples.
Jesus my Redeemer, with great humility I thank You for Your precious sacrifice for me. You freed me from my transgressions, curses and cleanse me of all unholiness. Lord, fill me with Your Holy Spirit, to stay strong in my walk of faith.
In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen 

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