It was a memorable day for the 21 confirmands from Lagos West, Lagos East and Lagos Island districts as the Apostle blessed them on their confirmation on Sunday, June 20, 2021 in the Ikeja congregation, Lagos.
Accompanied by the three acting district rectors, the Apostle used a text word from Leviticus 6:13 “A fire shall always be burning on the altar; it shall never go out.”
In his elaboration the Apostle said:
When the Israelites wanted to speak to God to thank Him, to plead for His help or forgiveness, they had to bring an offering that was burned on the altar. Symbolically, the smoke rising from the altar carried the offering and prayer to God. The priests were careful to keep the fire burning at all times. In the Bible, fire signals God’s presence: The Apostle gave the examples of Moses and the burning bush, how God led the Israelites in the desert through a pillar of fire and How He set ablaze the altar prepared by Aaron and Elijah.
He told the brethren and most especially the confirmands that, the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ must be kept burning into our hearts as this will be reminding all of us that God is with us always.
The Apostle asked all present a question “What does it mean for us to keep the fire burning on the altar?
He told the brethren that, the altar here is our hearts as children of God, the fire is the presence of God. God has given us His Children His Spirit to abide in us. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. The fire of the Spirit burns in the Church during divine services: The Holy Spirit works in our hearts by quickening and reminding us of God’s truth so that we should always be able to yield and abide in God’s will. We keep the fire burning by listening and obeying God’s word in our lives, abiding in the righteousness that we have been given in Christ Jesus and walking in holiness and purity all the days of our lives.
He enlightens us, He reveals God to us through Jesus Christ, teaches us to distinguish good from evil and proclaims the future.
District Evangelists Edobor (Lagos West), Usilo (Lagos East) and Richard (Lagos Island) assisted during the divine service.