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1 The Holy Spirit Part 5 – The Filling With the Holy Spirit and 2 special studies

2 Filling with the Spirit The filling with the Spirit occurred in Old Testament times and under the Old Covenant before Christ’s death John the Baptist’s father was filled with the Spirit and prophesied (Luke 1:67) Peter pointed out that such men spoke when they were “moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21)

3 Filling with the Spirit Such filling with the Spirit was beyond the control of the one so filled Usually the individual so filled did not even understand the significance of what he said – see 1 Peter 1:11,12 Such Old Testament filling is quite distinct from the New Testament command to “be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18) New Testament filling requires conscious effort on the part of the Christian, while Old Testament filling was beyond the control of the one so filled

4 Filling with the Spirit There was special filling with the Spirit in the early stages of the church Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit while on trial before the Sanhedrin (Acts 4:8) This was in accordance with the promise given by Jesus to the apostles alone – see Mark 13:11 In Acts 4:31 the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit

5 Filling with the Spirit This apparently was a sign from heaven at a critical time in the church’s development The church was under persecution for the first time God shook the place where they were gathered together and gave them the ability to speak the word of God with boldness Such a special sign was never again evidenced even in the early church

6 Filling with the Spirit Summary Old Testament “filling,” as contrasted with normal New Testament “filling with the Holy Spirit,” was beyond the control of the individual filled God did fill the apostles with the Spirit when they were on trial God also manifested a special filling once when the church first faced persecution

7 The Holy Spirit Summary of Entire Lesson The purpose of this study was to understand the operations of the Holy Spirit as explicitly spelled out in God’s Word The chart on the next slide provides the summary of definitions and concepts concerning the operations of the Holy Spirit since Christ’s death

8 The Holy Spirit Baptism with the SpiritIndwelling SpiritGifts of the SpiritSpecial Filling Occurred only twice: 1.On the apostles to begin the church 2.On Cornelius’ household to extend salvation to the Gentiles For every Christian for all time, to make him “born again” For Christians in the early church, to enable them to function without the Bible 1.For apostles under trial 2.A special sign when the church faced its first persecution Consisted of: 1.Sound like a mighty rushing wind 2.Tongues like fire on the heads of those baptized 3.Speaking in other tongues Consists of: The Holy Spirit coming to live inside the Christian and working within to make him like Christ Consisted of: Nine different specialties, such as prophecy, wisdom, and distinguishing of spirits Consisted of: 1.The apostles knowing what to say when on trial 2.The building being shaken, and Christians speaking the word of God with boldness Given by Jesus as a powerful sign for the benefit of those of Jewish background who watched the sign occur Given by God when an individual is baptized by immersion in water for the forgiveness of sins Given by the Holy Spirit when the apostles laid hands on a Christian Given by God to keep the early church functioning at critical times

9 Special Study – Acts 2:16-18 On the Day of Pentecost, Peter stood with the eleven and proclaimed for the first time the gospel of salvation In response to charges that the apostles were drunk, Peter answered by quoting from the prophet Joel Read Acts 2:16-18 Many claim that we are just now “in the last days” These claims say that Jesus is now pouring forth of His Spirit through visions and prophesying

10 Special Study – Acts 2:16-18 Such claims are misguided and false In earlier sections we have seen that the baptism with the Spirit only happened twice, and was accompanied by 3 signs We have also seen that the gifts of the Spirit were given by the laying on of the apostles’ hands, and are no longer in existence today Claims to the contrary are spurious at best; outright lies at worst

11 Special Study – Acts 2:16-18 What is the meaning of Acts 2:16-18? Peter quotes a prophecy of Joel made some 800 years before Pentecost, 30 AD What were the “last days” from Joel’s viewpoint? The writer of Hebrews explains that the “last days” refer to the church age – see Hebrews 1:1,2

12 Special Study – Acts 2:16-18 In the “last days” God would “pour forth of My Spirit on all flesh” God first poured out His Spirit upon the apostles – Jews years later He poured forth His Spirit upon Cornelius and his household – Gentiles Thus the Spirit was poured forth upon “all flesh” in the baptism with the Spirit

13 Special Study – Acts 2:16-18 Joel’s prophecy also spoke of men and women, young and old, seeing visions, etc. This occurred in the early stages of the church as men and women were given the gifts of the Spirit through the laying on of the apostles’ hands In these two ways this portion of Joel’s prophecy was fulfilled (For the study on Acts 2:19-21, see the study on Christ’s Church)

14 Special Study – Acts 2:16-18 Conclusion We have been in the last days since Christ died on the cross Joel’s prophecy was fulfilled in the early stages of the church through the baptism with the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit No one today exhibits these things prophesied by Joel The Holy Spirit today works through His word We have Moses, the prophets, and the apostles – hear them!

15 Special Study – Baptism with Fire John the Baptist promised that the Messiah would “baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” – see Matthew 3:11 We have already seen who was immersed with the Spirit Who was to be immersed with fire? The apostles and Cornelius had tongues like fire which came with the baptism with the Spirit That is certainly not immersion with fire

16 Special Study – Baptism with Fire John continues to give information concerning the Coming One Read Matthew 3:12 “… He [Jesus] will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire” The same One who immersed with the Spirit will also one day immerse with fire all who reject His word – see also John 5:27

17 The New Creation Part 1 – The Meaning of the New Creation


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