Filled with the Spirit
Acts 2:4; 4:31; 6:2-3; Ephesians 5:18-21
September 3, 2017
Those filled with the Spirit on the day of Pentecost were filled again some weeks later. ‘Filled with the Spirit’ is not a one-time event we look back on but a continuous way of living which we receive.
What being filled with the Spirit isn’t:
– Focus on signs: No! Signs point beyond themselves to Scripture and to salvation in Christ the Savior
– Mind turned off?
– Lose control of body, emotions, and speech?
– No, that’s drunkenness, the exact opposite of being filled with the Spirit!
Some forms of Pentecostalism “put their emphasis on the signs themselves instead of on the content, and they make these external signs the test for fellowship and acceptance. In other words, as long as you have the signs, you are one of us, you are in ‘in’” – F Schaeffer
* Ordinary Means of Grace and Growing Up in the Faith
– Received an Unusual gift? Rejoice but don’t make normative what is unusual. Marked by the Usual? Rejoice and don’t envy or despise self. All: Be filled!
Be Being Filled – Eph 5:18
Ongoing Life of the Christian
While there is certainly an internal, subjective dimension to this, there is also a very objective, visible demonstration of being filled with the Spirit. A Spirit-filled life has visible marks more than invisible sensations.
Hallmarks of the Filled
1. Speaking – Acts 2, 4; Eph 5
Only some speak to crowd, but all may speak to one another
Francis of Assisi: “… use words.” – Apocryphal; words and power go together. “We believe, therefore we speak.”
2. Sacrificing – Acts 4
The Spirit inspired radical generosity and a change of heart about ‘ownership’, moving people from ‘mine’ to ‘ours’
The Paradox of Generosity, pg 1
3. Singing – Eph 5
God sings over us and inspires his song in our soul. Creation sings; the Prophets sang; the Scriptures are music; Jesus sings; music is characteristic of the Spirit
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. – Victor Hugo
4. Serving – Acts 6
The Spirit WORKS!
John the Baptist ‘filled with the Spirit’ while still in his mother’s womb. Unusual? Certainly but compelling nonetheless. He was consecrated to serve. We all serve, not in our own strength, but in the strength which God supplies (1 Peter 4:10-11).
5. Submitting – Eph 5
We are directed by the Spirit to acknowledge and live under authority.
Hupoakuo – ‘listening under’
What most people call freedom is nothing more than slavery to self
The Spirit liberates us to be the bondslaves of Jesus.
Christ and his submission: “I too am a man under authority.”
birth and childhood… dependence on the Father… going to the cross… dying… rising… giving us his Spirit… his life in us is a life of subjection
“Not my will, but thine…”
No life was more characterized by the fullness of the Spirit than the life of Jesus. He spoke, he sacrificed, he sang, he served, and he submitted. He did this all for you! And now he offers you his Spirit. Come to him and drink.
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