3251 Holy Spirit, filling with
To be filled with the Holy Spirit is to be energised and controlled by the third person of the Godhead in such a way that under the acknowledged lordship of Jesus Christ the full presence and power of God are experienced. Spirit-filling leads to renewal, obedience, boldness in testimony and an arresting quality in believers’lives.
People filled with the Holy Spirit before the ministry of Jesus Christ
In the events surrounding the birth of John the Baptist Lk 1:15 John the Baptist filled with the Spirit from birth; Lk 1:41 Elizabeth filled with the Spirit and speaks words of praise; Lk 1:67 Zechariah prophesies about the life of John and God’s salvation
Jesus Christ is full of the Holy Spirit
Ac 1:5; Ac 2:4; Ac 10:47 While these terms are virtually synonymous when used of initial experiences of the Spirit, “filled” is also used to designate subsequent experiences and renewings of the same divine power, while the other terms are not.
“Be filled with the Spirit”: an apostolic command Eph 5:18 The present tense of the verb implies the need to be regularly filled and re-filled with the Spirit.
“Filled with the Spirit”: the inspiration to speak words of witness, challenge or rebuke Ac 4:8 Peter testifying before the Sanhedrin; Ac 7:55 Stephen testifying to the Sanhedrin, seeing the glory of God; Ac 13:9 Paul rebuking Elymas
Characteristics of the Spirit-filled life
Characteristics linked with the fulness of the SpiritSkill: Ex 31:3; Ex 35:31 Wisdom: Dt 34:9 fn; Ac 6:3 Joy: Lk 10:21; Ac 13:52 Faith: Ac 6:5; Ac 11:24
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