Doctrine of Spirit Filled Life

July 23, 2010

+-++-Doctrine of The Spirit-Filled Life
When dealing with issues related to sanctification, there is no other
doctrine more important to master than the filling of the Holy Spirit. A
believer’s ability to experience the reality of his life in Christ – in his
personal life, in his marriage, and in his relationship with other people is
totally dependent upon his understanding and experience of the Spiritfilled

What does it mean to “be filled?”
Important terms:
1. π.μπλημι /pimplemi
A. Examples of the “concept” of the term: Luke 4:28; 5:26; 6:11;
Acts 3:10; 5:17; 13:45; 19:29.
B. Definition: to be influenced by; to be dominated; to be
C. Examples related to being “filled with the Spirit”: Luke 1:15, 41,
67; Acts 2:4; 4:8; 9:17; 13:9.
1. Observations:
It is a sovereign act of God.
It gives or provides special ability for a special task (notice
that some aspect of ministry always follows — usually
involving the ministry of the Word.)
2. We are never instructed to seek after or ask for this filling.
2. πληρ.ω /pleroo
A. Definition: to make full, fill; to be filled with
:. Examples of the “concept” of the word: Luke 2:40; John 12:3;
C. Example related to being “filled with the Spirit”: Acts 13:52.
D. Observations.
1. We are commanded to be filled in this way (Eph. 5:18;
note the contrast).
2. The verb is in the middle/passive voice which means that
we are to “allow ourselves” to be filled with — to be
influenced by — the Spirit.
3. An important example: Acts 5:1-5.
3. πλ.ρης /pleres
A. Definition: to be full, to fill up; to be complete
B. One who is Mature and walks consistently under the influence
of the Spirit is said to be “full” of the Spirit. cf. Luke 4:1; Acts
6:3, 5, 8; 7:55.
C. The spiritual person is the mature believer in spiritual growth.
4. Summary of observations.
These terms have a literal meaning: “to be filled with something” –
which is referring to content. But when used as a metaphor, both
mean “to be influenced by something.” That is, that which “fills”
(influences) you will express itself outwardly — thus referring to the
agent that does the influencing, e.g., “fear,” “rage,” “the Spirit,” etc.
Also, it should be noted that there are no examples in Biblical
Greek in which __ / en + the dative after πληρ.ω / pleroo indicates
content. That is, we are not to be filled with the Spirit in the sense
that we receive more of Him (content). Rather, to be filled with the
Spirit is to live, walk, or be under His influence.
5. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is the foundation for the filling of
the Spirit thus the Christian Way of Life is a super-natural way of
life and demands a super-natural execution and that execution is
the filling of the Spirit.
6. How does the Holy Spirit influence us?
A. Compare Eph. 5:18-21 with Col. 3:16-4:1.
B. The principle: yielding (or being malleable) to the authority of
the Word of God in dealing with life’s issues is the means to
living under the influence of the Holy Spirit.
C. The believer malleability and dependence while in fellowship is
directly related to the Spirit securing a greater spear of influence
to bear witness from within the life of the believer. (Rom 8:16)
D. God talks to us by means of the bearing witness ministry of the
Holy Spirit by the conviction of the will. (Rom 9:1)
E. The believer led to pray from within is through the bearing
witness ministry of the Holy Spirit, which is a conviction of the
will wrought by the Spirit of God in the soul of the believer.
7. What are the results of living under the influence of the Spirit?
A. What they are not:
1. Not speaking in tongues (cf. 1 Cor. 12:30).
2. Not an “emotional high” (cf. 2 Cor. 11:23-28; Heb. 12:2,
B. What they are:
1. Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).
2. Singing in the church (Eph. 5:19).
3. A song in our heart (Eph. 5:19).
4. An attitude of thankfulness for and in all things (Eph.
5. An attitude of submissiveness toward one another (Eph.
C. The relationship of the Spirit-Filled life to spiritual warfare.
1. 2 Cor. 10:2-5. Spiritual warfare takes place in the mind.
2. Col. 2:1-10.
3. 2 Tim. 2:24-26
D. The relationship of the Spirit-Filled life to Prayer.
1. The act of praying is something the believer performs; he
chooses to do and experience. (Eph 6:18)
2. God the Holy Spirit helps the believer weakness by
interceding with groaning too deep for words (Bearing
witness ministry of God the Holy Spirit.) Rom 9:1 cf Rom
3. The believer’s weakness is his inability to pray according
to the will of God for fellow believer. (This is a Grace
function of the Spirit)
4. Therefore, God the Holy Spirit mentorship’s reasonability
of intercession enables the believer to pray for fellow
believers according to the will of God.(Rom 8:26 – 27)
5. God the Holy Spirit intercession ministry is according to
the will of God, as we should pray for others.
6. The intercession of the Spirit is occurring from His
indwelling presence from with in us.
7. The Spirit is praying for things which I have not seen or
which I have not heard or enter into the hearts of man. (1
Cor 2: 9 – 11)
8. When the God the Holy Spirit is manifesting a controlling
influence in the believer, His intercession work is
impressed on the human spirit through the bearing
ministry of the Spirit.
9. This ministry of God the Holy Spirit is for the believers
benefit, so that he can pray as he should. (A grace
function of the Spirit)
10. This ministry of God the Holy Spirit occurs from within
us whether we are in or out of fellowship. The Spirit’s
intercession is not dependant on us.
11. The Holy Spirit leads the believer to pray through His
bearing witness ministry while the believer is filled with
the Spirit.
We are commanded to
“keep on being filled with the Spirit”.
Ephesians 5:18