by Jerry Vines

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Are You Filled With The Holy Spirit? (5 of 11)
Series: Adventures in Spirit-living
Jerry Vines
Acts 1:4-5; 2:4

What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit? This could very well be one of the most important subjects you will ever consider. It is crucial to your growth in the Christian life and it is absolutely essential if you are going to be an effective witness for the Lord. The filling of the Holy Spirit is the truth in the Bible that bears upon these in a very special and wonderful way.

In Acts 1 the Lord Jesus made a promise about something that would take place on the day of Pentecost. He told them to wait for the promise, then He said, ''You will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days hence.'' He's talking about the day of Pentecost. Then when you turn to Acts 2:4 it says, ''And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.'' Chapter 1 - you'll be baptized with the Holy Spirit. Chapter 2 says they were filled with the Holy Spirit. There is no mention in chapter 2 to the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit. Because of this, this has led some people to believe that there is not a difference between the two. Because the baptism is not mentioned in chapter 2 and the filling is, obviously Jesus said they would be baptized, some people have determined that by that that to be baptized with the Spirit is the same thing as being filled with the Spirit. As you study the whole Word of God, all the scripture has to say about it -- you will find that there is a difference between the two. The baptism and the filling of the Holy Spirit are not the same. There are large areas of disagreement among Christians about this whole area of the baptism.

Many good Christians differ and disagree about what the baptism of the Holy Spirit is. There are some who believe that the baptism of the Spirit is an experience which takes place subsequent to salvation. They teach that you are saved at one point in your experience. Then at some point after that you are bap ...

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