And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:4, KJV) The hallmark of Christianity is the Holy Spirit, that is, God in the believer. The Bible repeatedly urges us to “be filled” with the Holy Spirit. Let me briefly discuss
Filled with the Spirit
And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost…. (Acts 6:5, KJV) What does it mean to be “full of the Holy Spirit?” It will be a difficult task to explain what this means fully in a very brief devotional. However, I will
And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine (Acts 2:12–13, KJV) The scriptures use different natural things such as water and fire to describe the operations of the Holy Spirit. But there is one more thing the
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel (Acts 4:8 KJV) When Peter and John were arrested for healing the lame man, the entire Jewish council got together to question them about the authority they had to perform such miracles. The verse above says
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power (Col. 2:9-10 KJV). The scripture above states in very clear terms that “ye are complete in Him”, that is in Christ. This is one of the most outstanding scriptural references
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you (Jn. 14:17 KJV) The three prepositions “with,” “in” and “upon” describe three key dimensions of interactions of the Holy Spirit with God’s people.
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily (Col. 2:9 KJV). Pleroma is the Greek word translated as “fullness” in the verse above. In this verse, the Apostle Paul gives us a staggering revelation about Jesus. Paul tells us that, as a man, Jesus had the fullness of God dwelling within His
“For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.’” (2 Cor. 6:16 NKJ.) What is God’s purpose in filling you with His Spirit? Yes, you are now filled with the Spirit.