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Filled with the Spirit

TEXT: Ephesians 5:1-20

vs. 18 — And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

  • Acts 11:11-18


  • Jesus demonstrated that fact of his being FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT every day of his life on his earth. -- teaching,preaching, healing, loving, forgiving, cleansing, feeding, defending ....
  • What are we filled with?
  • We could travel the history rich country sides and see signs errected on vacant buildings, so-and-so onced lived here. This sign is upon all humanity: "God once dwelt here."
  • Would to God that the virtue of Christ would displace every carnal trait in me!
  • Came Upon, Baptized, poured out, given, received, falling upon them (Acts 11:15), the promise of the Father, filling

The Spirit Came Upon (power, ability for service and witness)

God has used many people mightily, by sending His Spirit upon them. The Spirit of God comes upon a person with PURPOSE.

  • Upon the Face of the Waters

Genesis 1:2 — And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

  • Balaam

Numbers 24:2 — And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came upon him.

  • Othniel, Judges 3:9,10

Judges 3:9,10 — 9 And when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother. 10 And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the LORD delivered Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushanrishathaim.

  • Gideon, Judges 6:34

Judges 6:34 — But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered after him.

  • Samson's Lesson

Judges 16:20 — And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.

  • Acts 1:8, Power to Witness and for Service

Acts 1:8 — But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

  • This POWER comes with an admonition:

Luke 10:20 — Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

  • We cannot perform our call to service or witness without the power of the Holy Ghost.

Baptism of the Spirit (=immersion, poured out, falled upon, given)

  • John contrasts his own Baptism with that Christ will supply:

Mt 3:11 — I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

- All will at some point be confronted with the ALL CONSUMING FLAME OF HOLINESS THAT IS GOD.
  • If the filling of the spirit is entirely explained in regeneration then where did that leave the apostles until Acts 2? Unregenerate? Same for the Samaritans until Philip came? Ethiopian Eunuch?

The Baptism of the Spirit of God includes this experience of AWAKENING to the glory and reality of God:

  • Alder Street John Wesley
  • George Whitefield
  • D.L. Moody ... God stop before you kill me ...
  • Finney ... in utterable gushes of glory ...
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • David Brainard

The baptism is the initial experience of this awakening to the glory reality of Christ.

No essential difference between early church and us. They could KNOW if they were filled or not. Did you receive the Holy Ghost? This BAPTISM is a definite experience that the individual can and does know whether or not they have received this BAPTISM.

Acts 19:2 — He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

  • HOW WOULD WE KNOW if we have been Baptized with the Spirit of God?

  • No many many days hence, a definite EXPERIENCE

Acts 1:5 — For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

  • Acts 2:1 ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST ... they were readying themselves in the upper room ... but the Spirit came without delay
  • In One Place, In One Accord (the seeking) v.1
  • a rushing mighty wind, filled all the house where they were sitting. v.2
  • cloven tongues like as of fire sat upon each of them v.3
  • And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost v.4
  • and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance v.4, 5 (devout men heard gospel in their tongue)

Filling of the Spirit

D.L. MOODY: “We all need it [the filling of the Holy Spirit] together, and let us not rest day nor night until we possess it; if that is the uppermost thought in our hearts, God will give it to us if we just hunger and thirst for it and say, ‘God helping me, I will not rest until endued with power from on high.'”

  • As something we "seek"?

Mt 7:7 — Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

  • Sanctifying spirit 1 peter 1:2 Isaiah 6 I am unclean and nation unclean ... AWAKENED to the HOLINESS OF GOD and receiving his REMEDY FOR OUR UNFITNESS and UNDONENESS.

  • The Holy Ghost mediates the redemption provided in Christ to us.

  • Received the first fruits of the spirit. We know -- consciousness of the incoming of God

  • In Seeking the Filling of the Spirit, What are we seeking?

  • Proof? Gifts? Vs. proof being something that happens within us? A great love, a great character a great power


Galatians 3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Conclusion -- Desire

This filling:

  1. Gives authority power ability (for service and witness, absolute necessity) not just advocates but witnesses.

1 cor. 2:4 not words of mens wisdom but demonstration of power

  1. Essential for a Christian quality in our life. Filled with Spirit. To bear the fruit.

What are we filled with.

Ephesians 5:

  • are we full of thankful!
  • do we delight in him in private and public

Revival is the pouring out of God's Spirit. Pray for revival.

Make us a mighty flame for Christ.