Scripture Reading: Acts 2:1-28
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit
Drunk—intoxicated. Filled—crammed full, abounding, complete, perfect, influence. Just as a lot of alcohol will influence you, so too will the Spirit.
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Not wind, but the sound of a mighty wind. Cloven tongues—divided, cut, distributed to each person in the room.
And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
Pour—bestow, gush, spill. In the past there was merely a drip of the Spirit.
Acts 4:8—They were filled with the Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly
And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
Saul receives the Holy Spirit by laying on of hands—frequently done with jewish people in book of Acts. After receiving the Spirit he begins to preach.
Acts 13:9—Paul filled with Spirit to rebuke & blind Elymas the sorcerer.
Acts 13:52—filled with joy and Spirit after persecution for successful ministry!
--Spirit Filling--means by which God works through a person to accomplish a goal.
Ephesians 5:1-4-- What is goal of the filling of the Spirit today?
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
Uncleanness—physical or moral impurity. Becometh saints—that which stands out, conspicuous nature. Filthiness—shamefulness, obscene behavior.
Foolish talking—indecent small talk, empty-headed prattle of a fool. Jesting—vulgar witticism, Not convenient—unseemly, not proper, conspicuous.
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are light in the Lord: walk as children of light:9For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth 10Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord11And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them12For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret13But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
Our behavior confronts sin, makes it stick out and reproves it. Proving by our walk.
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
Circumspectly—exactly, perfectly, accurately, look carefully where you step. Redeeming—buy out of the hands of sin, use for best purposes.
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.