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Lesson 4: The Spirit Filled Life (Part 1)


Written by: Biblical Studies Foundation    Posted on: 04/09/2003

Category: Sermons

Source: CCN

 ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; Lesson 4:  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; The Spirit-Filled Life  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; (Part 1)  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; Introduction  ;  ;  ; The Apostle Paul reminds us that the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power (1 Cor. 4:20),  ;  ;  ; and that the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in (or ô;byö;  ;  ;  ; pointing to the means) the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17). The message of the gospel brings the power of God into  ;  ;  ; every believeræ;s life through the person and work of the Lord Jesus and the empowering ministry of the Holy  ;  ;  ; Spirit.  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; 1 Corinthians 1:18, 24 For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of Godà; . 24 but to  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; wisdom of God.  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.  ;  ;  ; Far too many Christians, however, are not experiencing the enabling power of God. For these believers it is  ;  ;  ; simply a matter of doing the best they can to conform to certain expected standards. On the surface, some  ;  ;  ; appear to be more successful at conforming to the rules than others, but if they are honest with themselves, and  ;  ;  ; this is no easy task because of our bent for self-deception, there is the ever present awareness that something  ;  ;  ; is wrong.  ;  ;  ; In our attempt to rationalize, we may seek to find comfort in thoughts such as: ô;No one is perfect, we all have  ;  ;  ; our weaknesses,ö; or ô;I am doing the very best I can, and I am sure God understands.ö; Of course, no one is  ;  ;  ; perfect, and certainly God does understand. Letæ;s assume we are doing our best, but this does not [INVALID] the  ;  ;  ; fact that unless we are walking by faith in God and in His abundant resources in Christ, we are missing the  ;  ;  ; abundant life Christ offered when He said, ô;I came that they might life and have it abundantlyö; (John 10:10b).  ;  ;  ; Is our best really not what God wants? No! He wants faith in His best, the Lord Jesus, and in the person of the  ;  ;  ; Spirit whom God has sent to indwell us and empower us so we can experience the power of Christ and the  ;  ;  ; ability to do our best, not in our own strength, but in the strength which God supplies.  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; Colossians 1:29 And for this purpose, I work hard, struggling constantly in  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; accordance with His working which continues to work in me mightily (authoræ;s  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; translation).  ;  ;  ; Because of human weakness, no one can live the Christian life any more than one can perfectly keep the Law  ;  ;  ; of the Old Testament (cf. Rom. 3:9-20; Gal. 3:10-14). If we could live the Christian life without Godæ;s  ;  ;  ; enablement, why do you suppose God would promise the Holy Spirit to indwell the church (John 7:37-39;  ;  ;  ; 14:17)? If we could live the Christian life and serve the Lord without Godæ;s power through faith, why would  ;  ;  ; the Lord Jesus give the Holy Spirit the title of ô;the Helperö; or better, ô;the Enablerö; (John 14:16, 26), then  ;  ;  ; point out the disciplesæ; inadequacy apart from the Spirit (John 16:7-15), and tell them not to attempt any  ;  ;  ; ministry until the coming of the Spirit (Acts 1:4-8)? Yet, it seems to me that we so often try to do just exactly  ;  ;  ; that. So often, we tend to run off to do this or that in our own steam because we are all so prone to trust in our  ;  ;  ; own resources.  ;  ;  ; Since the Spirit is our Enabler, the doctrine of the filling of the Holy Spirit (like positional truth) is critical to  ;  ;  ; fellowship with God and to obedience. Without an understanding of this doctrine the believer cannot properly  ;  ;  ; function in the Christian life.  ;  ;  ; It is sometimes said, Christianity is not a way of life, it is a life to live. It is the reproduction of Christ in the  ;  ;  ; believeræ;s life by faith just as the apostle stated in Galatians 2:20,  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; Philippians 2:21 For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.  ;  ;  ; However, it is God the Holy Spirit who reproduces the character of Christ in the life of the believer. This has  ;  ;  ; both a positive and a negative side.  ;  ;  ; (1) The Positive Side: Paul had the positive element in mind in Romans 8:4 when he wrote ô;in order that the  ;  ;  ; righteous requirements of the Law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but  ;  ;  ; according to the Spiritö; (NIV). Positive righteousness, i.e., the fruit of the Spirit or the character of Jesus  ;  ;  ; Christ, is reproduced in the believer who is under the Spiritæ;s control.  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; law.  ;  ;  ; (2) The Negative Side: In Romans 8:13 Paul added, ô;for if you are living according to the flesh, you must  ;  ;  ; die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.ö; This teaches that, on the  ;  ;  ; negative side, the deeds (sins) of the flesh are put off, not by will powerù;though our will is certainly  ;  ;  ; involvedù;but by the enablement of the Holy Spirit. Note Galatians 5:16, ô;à; but I say, walk by the Spirit, and  ;  ;  ; you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.ö; Producing the character of Christ from both the negative (putting  ;  ;  ; off the deeds of the flesh) and from the positive (putting on godly characteristics) is the work of the Holy Spirit.  ;  ;  ; The necessity of a proper understanding of the filling/controlling ministry of the Spirit is intensified by such  ;  ;  ; passages as Galatians 4:19 where Paul prayed, ô;My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is  ;  ;  ; formed in you.ö; Included in the meaning of the Greek word translated ô;formedö; (morfow) is the concept of  ;  ;  ; giving outward expression of inward character. ô;The form means the essential form rather than outward  ;  ;  ; shape. The idea is therefore of real Christlike character.ö;39 Paul is praying for Christ to be outwardly  ;  ;  ; expressed in the believer, but from within through the power of the Spirit. Mere external conformity is not the  ;  ;  ; goal. Note also that the verb is passive. This means the subject receives the action rather than produces the  ;  ;  ; action.  ;  ;  ; Christ formed in oneæ;s life is not something the Christian can do, nor is it something Christ does Himself. Christ  ;  ;  ; does not manifest Himself in the life of the Christian. This ministry has been given to the Holy Spirit and that  ;  ;  ; fact is born out in numerous passages such as John 16:14 where the Lord says of the Spirit, ô;All that belongs  ;  ;  ; to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to youö;  ;  ;  ; (NIV). Compare also, the following passages:  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; Ephesians 1:16-19 do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; in my prayers; 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. 18 I pray  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; Galatians 5:16-25 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; of the flesh. 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; things that you please. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; Law. 19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity,  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger,  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness,  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.  ;  ;  ; Perhaps it can be illustrated this way if one doesnæ;t take the illustration too far. The believer is like an  ;  ;  ; automobile whether new and beautiful or old and not so pretty. Either way the automobile has all the  ;  ;  ; equipment necessary to run with powerù;a transmission, an engine, a carburetor, wheels, tires, etc. But  ;  ;  ; without one ingredient, gasoline, the car cannot function. All of its equipment is there, but it is useless unless  ;  ;  ; there is gas to bring about internal combustion. The Holy Spirit is that combustion power for the believer, who,  ;  ;  ; unlike the gas in our cars, is always present since He comes to permanently indwell every believer (Eph. 4:30).  ;  ;  ; In Romans 6, Paul points to our wonderful resources (our position in Christ) which provide the basis for  ;  ;  ; newness of life. But in Romans 7 he teaches us two important truths with regard to deliverance and spirituality.  ;  ;  ; First, the Law or any other system of ethics, while it exposes our sin, cannot make us righteous or deliver from  ;  ;  ; the power of sin. Second, the apostle teaches us our new position, though absolutely necessary for spiritual  ;  ;  ; transformation, is powerless by itself. It is the necessary foundation for deliverance, but with this new position,  ;  ;  ; we need the empowering work of the ministry of the Holy Spirit as described in Romans 8 to utilize our new  ;  ;  ; resources in Christ.  ;  ;  ; We need to understand that every believer has been indwelt by the Spirit and has both the resources and the  ;  ;  ; power necessary for the abundant life that the Savior promised us in John 10:10b. Our problem is not putting  ;  ;  ; gas in the tank, but using (walking in dependence upon) the power that is there. The need is for every believer  ;  ;  ; to understand and follow the biblical injunctions of Ephesians 5:18, ô;be filled (be controlled) with (by means  ;  ;  ; of) the Spirit,ö; and Galatians 5:16, ô;walk by the Spirit.ö; Later in this study, support for this view of Ephesians  ;  ;  ; 5:18 will be given.  ;  ;  ; Learning to walk by the Spirit, however, is not so easy. In the first place, the Scripture does not give us a  ;  ;  ; simple definition of how to be filled, and it is not learned by a casual reading of the New Testament. In the  ;  ;  ; second place, there are all kinds of erroneous concepts floating around in Christian circles today. Some teach  ;  ;  ; a spirituality by works (legalism) or will power. Legalism (spirituality by the keeping of the Law) was the  ;  ;  ; problem at Galatia. Others teach a relative concept of filling in that they treat the Spirit as a substance which  ;  ;  ; we get a little at a time. Still others today are viewing the filling of the Spirit as merely a quality of life that is  ;  ;  ; somewhat analogous to spiritual growth. They may even talk about the control of the Spirit, but when you  ;  ;  ; carefully look at their whole proposition for the Spirit-filled walk, it seems to me it borders on a form of  ;  ;  ; self-reformation wherein one simply learns to replace old life dominating patterns with a new life-style  ;  ;  ; patterned after the Scripture. There is truth in this approach, but not the whole truth. It lacks the concept of the  ;  ;  ; moment by moment dependence on the Spirit coupled with the concept of growth.  ;  ;  ; Many fail to understand the difference between indwelling, anointing, sealing, and baptizing, and the filling of  ;  ;  ; the Spirit. We often hear people pray for a special anointing. Hymns are sung such as Come, Holy Spirit,  ;  ;  ; Heavenly Dove, or Fill Me Now which do not reflect sound theology in relation to the doctrine of the Holy  ;  ;  ; Spirit. The second verse of Fill Me Now says, ô;Thou canst fill me, gracious Spirit, though I cannot tell Thee  ;  ;  ; how; But I need Thee, greatly need Thee, Come, O Come, and fill me now.ö; Surely the writer of this old hymn  ;  ;  ; was expressing our need of the ministry of the Spirit and His control, but the wording is inaccurate and  ;  ;  ; misleading because it fails to distinguish between the indwelling of the Spirit and the filling (control) of the Spirit.  ;  ;  ; The same applies to the chorus Spirit of the Living God, Fall Afresh On Me. The Spirit, as will be explained  ;  ;  ; in more detail later, is not a substance which comes to fill us, but a person who has come to indwell us if we  ;  ;  ; have trusted in Christ. Indeed, one of the proofs of salvation is the presence of the Spirit. Romans 8:9 reads,  ;  ;  ; ô;à; but if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.ö;  ;  ;  ; The purpose of this study is to:  ;  ;  ; (1) Define and clarify just who the Holy Spirit is and what it is that He does.  ;  ;  ; (2) Understand the unique age in which we live as it relates to the Holy Spirit.  ;  ;  ; (3) Define and clarify the terms used of the Holy Spirit such as anointing, indwelling, and filling, etc.  ;  ;  ; (4) Demonstrate from Scripture how to be filled with the Spirit, i.e., how to walk under the control of the Holy  ;  ;  ; Spirit in order to experience the character of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ will not express Himself in the life  ;  ;  ; of the believer apart from the ministry of the Spirit. If the Spiritæ;s ministry is not understood, then His work in  ;  ;  ; reproducing Christ in us is hindered, if not completely quenched.  ;  ;  ; Before we actually begin to deal with the Spirit-filled life, what it means, and how we can experience it, there is  ;  ;  ; some ground work that must be laid or we could quickly go off into error with regard to the ministries of the  ;  ;  ; Spirit.  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; The Person of the Holy Spirit (Who the Spirit Is)  ;  ;  ; The Personality of the Holy Spirit  ;  ;  ; The least understood person of the Godhead is the Holy Spirit. Yet a proper understanding of the truth of His  ;  ;  ; personality is crucial to a number of other doctrines of Scripture, including the ministry of the Spirit Himself.  ;  ;  ; To deny the personality of the Spirit is to ô;deny His real existence, the existence of the Trinity, and the teaching  ;  ;  ; of the Scriptures on the subject. Nevertheless, His personality has been denied throughout the ages, first by the  ;  ;  ; Monarchians, the Arians, à; and the Socinians in the days of the reformation.ö;40 In modern days, His  ;  ;  ; personality has been denied by one Pentecostal group and by the Jehovahæ;s Witnesses.  ;  ;  ; The name ô;Holy Spiritö; occurs 89 times in the New Testament, and this number does not include the times He  ;  ;  ; is referred to simply as ô;Spirit.ö; This, plus the fact He is promised in the Old Testament and is a special gift  ;  ;  ; from God in the New Testament, should show just how important it is to understand what the Scripture  ;  ;  ; teaches about the Spirit.  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; He Has the Attributes of Personality41  ;  ;  ; (1) Intellect. These verses show the Holy Spirit has a mind, that He thinks, searches, and teaches. When we  ;  ;  ; combine this with the other attributes of the Spirit set forth in the Bible, we see this is not like a programmed  ;  ;  ; computer with memory, or like a sign that gives direction along the road, but the Holy Spirit has a mind and  ;  ;  ; does things as a person.  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; 1 Corinthians 2:10-13 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; searches all things, even the depths of God. 11 For who among men knows the  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so the thoughts  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; freely given to us by God, 13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; spiritual words.  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; Romans 8:27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is,  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.  ;  ;  ; (2) Emotion. We cannot grieve or cause pain to an influence. We are only able to grieve a person who can  ;  ;  ; love and feel. Because of the Spiritæ;s holy characterù;another element of personalityù;He is grieved by our  ;  ;  ; sin. Note in particular the statement in James 4:5: ô;Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the Spirit  ;  ;  ; He caused to live in us envies intensely?ö; (NIV) An ô;influenceö; or an ô;itö; does not envy or jealously guard  ;  ;  ; another.  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; sealed for the day of redemption.  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; Hebrews 10:29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; James 4:5 Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: ô;He jealously  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in usö;?  ;  ;  ; (3) Will. Concerning the will of the Holy Spirit, Ryrie writes:  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; The distribution of spiritual gifts is said to be according to the will of the Spirit (1  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; Cor. 12:11), and He is able to direct the activities of Godæ;s servants. This is well  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; illustrated by the Spirit leading Paul at Mysia and Troas. He forbade Paul to preach  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; in Asia and Bithynia, à;42  ;  ;  ; We can translate, ô;as He willsö; of 1 Corinthians 12:11 as ô;as He purposes or determines.ö; This could hardly  ;  ;  ; be predicated of a mere it.  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; 1 Corinthians 12:11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; to each one individually just as He wills.  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; Acts 16:6-11 And they passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia; 7 and when they had  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; come to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; permit them; 8 and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9 And a vision  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; appeared to Paul in the night: a certain man of Macedonia was standing and  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; appealing to him, and saying, ô;Come over to Macedonia and help us.ö; 10 And  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; when he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia,  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. 11 Therefore  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; putting out to sea from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and on the  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; day following to Neapolis;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; He Performs the Actions of Personality  ;  ;  ; (1) He teaches.  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name,  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ;  ; John 16:13-15 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will

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