By Osa Mbonu
It was a time of joy and celebration as Rev. Victor Esezobor was consecrated the presid-ing bishop of the Living Waters of Life Church at Isashi, a surburb of Lagos.
The consecration cerem-ony which took place at the church auditorium on October 27, had dignitar-ies from all walks of life in attendance including Pastor Omar Pela, senior pastor, House of Grace Church, Satellite Town; Engr. Jossy Ogedegbe, executive chairman, Igue-ben Local Government of Edo State; Mr. Tunde Ladipo, Controller of Prisons, Lagos State Com-mand, among other spec-ial guests of honour.
The consecration and investiture was a fulfill-ment of Rev. Victor’s de-sire to function in the capacity of a bishop in consonance with the biblical saying in I Timothy 3:1: “If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work.” The consecration was fa-cilitated by an internat-ional body known as the Middleton Charismatic and Prophetic College of Bishops and Apostles, headed by Pa Glenn Middleton of Sturgis, Michigan, USA.
It was conducted by the national coordinator of the college in Nigeria, Bishop Chris Achapu of Highpoint Chapel, Isashi, Lagos, under the author-ity of the chief consecrat-or and prelate, Pa Glenn.
The bishopric office em-powers the newly conse-crated Bishop Esezobor to function as the admin-istrative head of the eccl-esiastical jurisdiction to which he is assigned; to perform other higher ecclesiastical functions that would involve inspir-ing other ministers of lower cadres and offices to spiritual growth and personal improvement for more effective wit-nessing for the Kingdom of God.
The ceremony began with a grand entry of the offi-ciating ministers: Bishop Chris Achapu, Bishop Bayo Abraham, and Arch-bishop Miracle Chinem-erem after the opening prayer. The Apostle’s Creed was read, Rev. Victor’s profile read, and the consecration charge was issued.
During the examination of the about-to-be-conse-crated bishop, questions concerning the authen-ticity of his desire, the dili-gence required to perf-orm his duties, and the purpose of the sacred office were asked.
To all questions asked, the would-be bishop gave an affirmative answer. The bishopric rites then were performed which included adorning him with the bishopric vest-ments, handing him with the staff of office, anoint-ing him, wearing him a new pair of shoes, and issuing him a certificate.