Filled with the Holy Spirit

Acts 1:8 — Andrew Fountain: May 28, 2017

The Spirit

The Spirit

Image source: Ian Britton


Two Views:

  1. At the moment you become a Christian you receive the Spirit.
    • “Baptism with the Spirit” happens at the point of conversion.
    • There may be later “re-fillings” but all Christians have the Spirit
    • (Third-wave Charismatics, non-Charismatic evangelicals)
  2. “Baptism with the Spirit” is a second experience after conversion
    • There are two kinds of Christians, those who have been and those who have not
    • (Traditional Pentecostals say you must speak in tongues)

Replacing myths with the Bible

  1. “Baptized” is the wrong word
  2. Receiving & being filled does not happen automatically
  3. There are a wide range of manifestations, but always empowerment
  4. It is not all or nothing—we can all have more

1. Baptism with the Holy Spirit

John the Baptist:


1Corinthians 12

  1. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
  2. For the body does not consist of one member but of many.…
  3. As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.…
  4. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
  5. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

John 3:5,6

  1. Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
  2. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

All Christians have the Spirit

2. Receiving & being filled

Receiving the Spirit

Receiving the Spirit cont’d

Was Pentecost unique?

3. Empowerment

Luke 24 & Acts 1

  1. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
  2. …But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Luke 4 —Jesus empowered by the Spirit

  1. And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness
  2. And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country.

Normal Sequence Acts 2:38

  1. “Repent
  2. and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins,
  3. and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 19

  1. …Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples.
  2. And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
  3. And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.”
  4. And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.”

Acts 19 cont’d

  1. On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
  2. And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying.
  3. There were about twelve men in all.


4. We can have more

Filling and re-filling

Acts 6

  1. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.

Refilling: Ephesians 5

  1. And do not get drunk with wine, which is debauchery, but be (continually) filled by the Spirit,
    • (Greek tense indicates a continual action)


  1. “Baptized” is the wrong word
  2. Receiving & being filled does not happen automatically
  3. There are a wide range of manifestations, but always empowerment
  4. It is not all or nothing—we can all have more
  5. How do I get more?

5. Getting More

Getting more

What do I do?

Ephesians 3

  1. For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
  2. from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
  3. that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

Updated on 2017-05-30 by Andrew Fountain