The Filling of the Holy Spirit (Part 4)

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Paul urges believers, “…be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;” (Eph 5:18) Filling means we, “…should be so completely yielded to the Holy Spirit that He can possess us fully and, in that sense, fill us.” (Gotquestions 2010)

This occurs in two ways: Firstly as a sovereign act He fills some for particular purposes. This can be observed in the accounts of Peter (Acts 4:8), Steven (Acts 7:55) and Paul (Acts 9:17). Secondly believers are filled whereby the Spirit exerts influence and control in their lives (Eph 5:18). The filling of believers produce fruit in line with their salvation such as, “…love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance….” (Gal 5:22 – 23)

The filling of the Spirit is bound to the bold proclamation of the Gospel message (Acts 2; 5; 6; 11). Quite an indictment as we consider how feeble the visible church is in our day and age.

Whilst Ephesians 5:18 is an exhortation to be filled with the Spirit Ephesians 5:19 – 21 describes the result of that filling. We’re to praise God (Eph 19a), appropriately worship Him (Eph 19b), show our gratitude to Him (Eph 5:20a) and assent to one another (Eph 5:21).

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4 thoughts on “The Filling of the Holy Spirit (Part 4)

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  3. hi Mark

    like the fact that you pointed out that the results / fruit of the filling of the Holy Spirit includes self-control … the dramatics associated with the Holy Spirit in pentecostal circles seems to me largely about hype, hysteria, histrionics and a poor understanding (misinterpretation) of Scripture (thanks to people like Kenneth Hagan etc)…

    have you differentiated between “baptism” and “filling” of the Spirit? … it seems that that is a useful thing to do given the prevailing surge of pentecostal type “Christianity” sweeping across Africa (e.g. Uganda and having all sorts of horrific results including homophobia)

    • Hi there Lance,

      Thanks for reading. Writing for me isn’t an easy process so I really enjoy hearing from people who’ve taken the time to read and have been given pause to consider. I’m even more excited when I know the calibre of the commenter .

      Yes there is a Biblical distinction between Baptism of the Spirit and the filling of the Spirit. We’re never called to be baptised in the Spirit for instance yet we’re exhorted to be constantly filled. Another example of Biblical difference is that Baptism is a once of event at salvation whilst filling is an ongoing process.

      As to the whole WoF/Charismatic chaos I intentionally steered away from that discussion; not because I don’t have a view but because I was constrained to 1500 words and I just didn’t have the band width at the time of writing this to do the subject justice.

      More to come I wonder?


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