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 OTEx 31:3 Bezalel filled with the Spirit for artwork on the tabernacle; Dt 34:9 fn Joshua filled with the Spirit to succeed Moses
In the events surrounding the birth of John the BaptistLk 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
Ac 1:5; Ac 2:4; Ac 10:47While 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 commandEph 5:18The 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
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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