- for our God is a consuming fire. - Hebrews 12:29
In the New Testament, the appearance of fire often denoted God’s presence.
- The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. - Exodus 3:2
- The Lord was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. - Exodus 13:21
God used fire as a means of judgment against sin and ungodliness.
- Now the people became like those who complain of adversity in the hearing of the Lord; and when the Lord heard it, His anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. - Numbers 11:1
- Elijah replied to the captain of fifty, If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty. Then fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty. - 2 Kings 1:10
Also, fire symbolized God’s power.
- For it came about when the flame went up from the altar toward heaven, that the angel of the Lord ascended in the flame of the altar. - Judges 13:20
- Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. - 1 Kings 18:38
In Kings 18:38, the fire sent from God not only represented His power but His approval upon Elijah’s ministry.