Fight the Good Fight
#14. Filled With The Spirit--The Spirit Filled Life Part One 5.16.21
Acts 1:6-8 NASB
So, when they had come together, they began asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time that You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” 7But He said to them, “It is not for you to know periods of time or appointed times which the Father has set by His own authority; 8but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and as far as the remotest part of the earth.”
Ephesians 5:15-21 NASB
So then, be careful how you walk, not as unwise people but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, in which there is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your hearts to the Lord; 20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to our God and Father; 21and subject yourselves to one another in the fear of Christ.
There are six New Testament terms, all synonymous in terms of the experience they describe.
I.“Baptized in the Holy Spirit”
A. Acts 1:4-5 NKJV And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
B. The phrase was used in Greek literature for:
1. The dyeing of a garment
2. The dipping of bread into wine or a sauce
3. The condition of a sunken ship
C. The Concept: Embracing
II.“Come upon you”
A. Acts 1:8 NKJV But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
B. This was perhaps the clearest Old Testament understanding of the Holy Spirit.
C. John 14:16,17 ESV And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
D. The Concept:
III.“Fallen upon you”
A. Acts 8:14-16 NKJV Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, 15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them.
B. Acts 10:44-46 NKJV While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. 45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.
C. Acts 11:15, 16 NKJV And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning. 16 Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, ‘John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
D. This pictures an embrace in which we come under the full dominion (not mindless control) and love of The Holy Spirit.
E. The Concept: Relationship
IV.“Poured out upon you”
A. Acts 2:32, 33 NKJV This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. 33Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.
B. The Concept:
V.“Filled with The Spirit”
A. Acts 2:4 - A definite experience at a point in time
B. Acts 4:8 - A condition of life.
C. Acts 4:31 - A recurring experience
D. Acts 9:17 - An initial Baptism for Paul (as in 2:4)
E. This phrase relates the idea of a continual source resulting in overflowing sufficiency and even abundance. The result was a promise of continual provision of the Spirit’s power!
F. Zechariah described lamps connected by pipes to bowls which were in turn connected to olive trees.
G. The Concept:
VI.“Receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit”
A. Acts 2:38-39 KNJV Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
B. The Concept: Embracing