Filled with the Spirit; Full of the Spirit; Baptized in the Spirit
(John 1:33; Acts 1:5, 8)
To the Ephesians
Paul said, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything” (Eph 5:18-20).
This is what we do at PM.
The importance of Baptism in the Spirit in the early Church and for us.
We must preach, not serve food at tables so we need to pick 7 men. Criteria for selection: “Select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom” (Acts 6:3).
Stephen was “a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit,” (Acts 6:5).
Barnabas was selected because he was “a good man full of the Holy Spirit and of faith,” (Acts 11:24).
Then Peter, filled with the Spirit, began to teach the Sanhedrin (Acts 4:8).
Then when Peter and John returned from that meeting w/ the Sanhedrin they all prayed and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 4:31).
Ananias prayed over Paul – God sent me to help you regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 9:17).
After they watched people accept Jesus and be filled – “The disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 13:52).
Being filled with the Spirit is being immersed in the joy that flows within the Trinity, with the very love that they love each other.
May we be filled; may we give away.