The filling of the Spirit

JP: Outline for Wednesday night July 2nd.

This previously posted link is very helpful!


  1. Definition of terms
  2. Context of this command
  3. The filling of the Spirit explained



  1. Definition of terms
    1. Baptism of the Spirit
      1. Key verse: 1 Corinthians 12:13, “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.”
      2. Main point? All believers share the reality of being baptized by the Spirit.
      3. What does it do? It makes every believer part of the body of Christ, the Church
      4. When did it happen? At the moment one accepts Christ and becomes a Christian.
      5. How often? A one-time event!
      6. Summary: “Baptism of the Spirit” refers to one of the wonderful things that God does for believers the instant they trust Christ and enter His family!
    2. Indwelling of the Spirit
      1. The Spirit indwells the Church corporately:
        • Ephesians 2:21-22, “in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit”
        • 1 Corinthians 3:16, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (note … the “you … you … you” are all plural!)
      2. The Spirit indwells Christians individually:
        • Romans 8:9-11, “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you”
        • 1 Corinthians 6:18-19, “Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”
      3. How often? A one-time event!
    3. Sealed by the Spirit
      1. Sealed:
        • Ephesians 1:13, “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise”
        • 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee”
      2. Earnest:
        • 2 Corinthians 5:5 (KJV): “Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit”
        • Ephesians 1:14 (KJV): “Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory”
        • Romans 8:14-17, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together”
      3. How often? A one-time event!
    4. Filling of the Spirit:
      1. Defined: the filling of the Holy Spirit—the controlling of the believer by the Spirit in proportion to his yieldedness and obedience to God and the Word—that is evidenced by the fruit of the Spirit in the life
      2. How often? Recurring event!
  2. Context of this command
    1. Precedes:
      1. The “walk worthy” of 4:1
      2. The appeal to unity of 4:3
      3. The area of giftedness of 4:7-ff (One would not want to exercise gifts in one’s own power! To gain the glory for self .. to rely upon one’s own sinful feebleness!)
      4. The appeal to “grow up” (4:14)
      5. The appeal to holy living (put off … put on) of 4:24-ff
      6. The directives about right “horizontal” relationships of 4:32
      7. The command for sexual purity of 5:3
      8. The command of separation of 5:7
    2. Succeeds:
      1. Marriage
      2. Home (and children)
      3. Work (slaves & masters)
    3. This section (and the filling of the Spirit specifically) answers the question:
      1. How to I live for Christ?
      2. What (really WHO) is the resource? Who enables me!
      3. I am powerless, He is powerful!
      4. I need Him!
  3. The filling of the Spirit explained
    1. The interesting parallel (Colossians 3:16): “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord”
    2. A comparison and a contrast with drunkenness
      1. Drunkenness controls negatively!
      2. Holy Spirit filling controls positively!
    3. Verb: present passive imperative. Imperative: A command; Passive … something that happens to us when we surrender to Him; Present = ongoing action!
    4. Practical Consequences of Being Spirit-filled:
      1. Psalm-endued (permeate or influence) speaking – “speaking to one another” (think of Mary’s Magnificate (Luke 1:46-ff , “My soul doth magnify the Lord : and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”)
      2. A heart characterized by “a song” (“in your heart”) that glorifies God!
      3. Thankfulness: “giving thanks always”
        • Always and
        • For all things. Cannot be thankful “always” unless one is thankful “for all things”
      4. “In the name of Christ” simply means consistent with His character and His deeds.
      5. mutual submission to other believers
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