In the Old Testament, Fire and Presence are often connected in the Scriptures: the flaming torch that passed between the sacrifice while Abram slept, the burning bush, the pillar of fire by night, the fire on Mt Sinai when God was present. For us of the New Covenant, the dedication of Solomon’s temple is particularly relevant.
“When Solomon finished praying, fire flashed down from heaven and burned up the burnt offerings and sacrifices, and the glorious presence of the LORD filled the Temple.” (2 Chronicles 7:1)
When the 120 of the upper room waited by the command of Jesus “until you have been clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49), they experienced the sound of a mighty rushing wind with “tongues of fire” that appeared over each one present. Their lives radically changed from that moment as they experienced ‘the glorious presence of the Lord’
“… do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” 1 Corinthians 6:19
Our lives, too, are radically changed, the fundamental nature of our experience as people is altered, to one of living in the power of God when we are clothed with the fire of Heaven.