Being Filled With the Holy Spirit

Being Filled With The Holy Spirit

Sometimes our understanding of being filled with the Holy Spirit is limited to only a few renowned/ popular Christian workers and those who claim to have the gift of prophecy, vision, healing, miracle performer etc.

But I want to go beyond that understanding and look into the world of God for our better understanding.

There are several passages which talk about the filling or controlling by the Holy Spirit.

But one genuine passage mentioned by Apostle Paul is Ephesians 5:1 “Be Filled with the spirit”.
Many Christians are unclear about what does the verse really mean.
An understanding of the Greek for “be filled”-

Plerousthe, quite clearly reveals the correct meaning of Paul’s command in Ephesians 5: 18.

An accurate rendering of Greek verb destroys the widespread charismatic notion that being filled is a one-time emotional experience you initiate which instantly places you to some inner circle by spiritual maturity.

“Be filled” is actually in the passive voice and indicate that you receive the action. The Holy Spirit is continuously filling you.

“Be filled” is actually in the passive voice and indicate that you receive the action. The Holy Spirit is continuously filling you.

The Holy Spirit is continuously filling you.

It is simply another facet of the Spirit’s indwelling ministry, which allows you to have daily, moment-by-moment effectiveness and fulfillment in your Christian life.

When we used the word ‘fill’ in English we normally think of something being placed inside a container such as milk being poured to the brim of a glass or water being run into a bath tub but these examples does not convey precisely the meaning of ‘to fill’ or ‘to be filled’ as does the Greek Pleroo, a form which used is used in Ephesians 5:18.

Pleroo has three shades of meaning that are helpful in illustrating the scripture meaning of spirit filled.

Pleroo, the first meaning carries the idea of pressure. It is used to describe wind blowing the sails on a ship, providing the impetus to move the vessels across the water.

In a spiritual realm, this concept depicts the Holy Spirit providing the thrust, to move the believers down the pathway of obedience.

A spirit filled Christians isn’t motivated by his own desires or will to progress, instead, he allows the holy spirit to carry him in the proper directions or to be filled with the spirit means to be carried along by the gracious pressure of the Holy spirit.

The second meaning of Pleroo can also convey the idea of permeation. There is a third meaning of Pleroo, which conveys the sense of domination or total control.

It is used by the Gospel writers to indicate that people were denominated by a certain emotion.

So in short, ‘being filled’ with the spirit means being pressured permeated and dominated by the spirit of God’s word. The practical consequences of being spirit- filled.

The Apostle Paul follows up his inspired command that we must fill with the spirit by attesting to what will be evident in your life if you genuinely obey that exhortation.

The result of being spirit filled is found in the verses of same chapter 5

1: They have a song in their hearts- that means there is a silent joy to praise God with joyful songs (verse 19)
2: They have a spirit of thanksgiving (verse 20)
3: They have a submitting heart (verse 21)

Besides, the spirit filled person will have the right fruit. (The fruit of the spirit, Gal 5:22-23 but the fruits of the spirit of the spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law).

The person who is spirit filled and who bears the Spirit’s fruit is the person who belongs to Christ and who has crucified the flesh with its passion and desires.

It is to fulfill your ultimate potential of your life on earth as one of God’s children.
We must remind ourselves that we can practically put Christ on display in every activity and relationship that he is involved with.

You may be a simple man or woman, a farmer or a servant, carpenter or an officer, students…
God regards all the skills and talents of his people.

We see one strong example in the book of Exodus 31:1-5.

God gave Bezalel and Oholiab spirit filled abilities in artistic craftsmanship. Our understanding of spirit filled should be acknowledged of all the abilities God gives these people.

Being spirit filled is objectively measurable in specific behaviors, activities, and attitudes. Many Christians feel that shouts of hallelujah and exalting songs, and the utterance of praise in more or less “unknown tongues” are all proofs of being filled with the spirit.

Submission to our fellow Christians, a modesty of demeanor, humility, unwillingness to dispute, forbearance, gentleness, doing justice, away from corruption, boldness in rebuking sin, generosity, not selfishness- these are the unmistakable proofs of the spirit’s power.

Dear readers as we talk about being filled with the Holy spirit let us confirm to ourselves that the moment we believe in Jesus as our personal savior the spirit of God’s already dwelled in us.

And that spirit will enable us to produce Christ-like character to the world.

May God the Holy Spirit makes us truthful.
May he give us the knowledge and wisdom, may he leads us to the right path, and may he gives us the power to discern good and evil- to glorify the triune God.

May he give us the knowledge and wisdom, may he leads us to the right path, and may he gives us the power to discern good and evil- to glorify the triune God.

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