What does being filled with the spirit mean?
- The word “filled” as recorded in Acts 2:4 means to be full to the utmost, to be abundantly supplied, to be controlled or possessed by. This simply means that the individuals give God, the Holy Spirit, the right to lead them in the plan and purpose of God for their new lifestyle.
What can I expect to take place when I am filled with the Holy Spirit?
- To answer this question, we must look in the Bible to see what happened to those people who were “filled with the Spirit”. In Acts 2:4, we see that they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues (languages) as the Spirit gave them utterance. In Acts 10:44-48, we see that once again the people spoke with tongues they did not know. Again in Acts 19:6, the disciples spoke with tongues.
When I go forward to be “filled with the Spirit”, what may I expect to take place?
- If you go forward in a church service you may expect someone in authority to lay hands upon you and simply say “Receive the Holy Spirit”. (The Apostle Paul laid hands upon the new converts in Acts 19:6.)
Do I have to go forward in church and have someone in authority lay hands upon me in order that I may be filled with the Spirit?
- Absolutely not! In Acts 2:4, and again in Acts 10:44, no one laid hands on the converts to “Be filled” with the Holy Spirit. This is simply the way ministers in authority should minister to those who come forward for the experience. Note: I would like to state that many people are filled with the Spirit in their homes, at work, and even while driving their cars!
You stated that when I am filled with the Spirit, I will speak in tongues (other languages). Why do I need to speak in tongues?
- In 1 Corinthians 14:2, we see that tongues are used as a means of communication between man and God. In Romans 8:26 we are taught that the Holy Spirit helps our weakness (inabilities to produce results). In other words, there are times when you and I are unable to explain or verbalize what is in our hearts and we need the Holy Spirit to help us communicate “our message” to the Father.
Are there any other uses for tongues?
- Yes, in 1 Corinthians 14:4, we learn that when we speak in tongues we edify or build ourselves up. Another way of saying this is that we encourage ourselves. In 1 Corinthians 14:5 and 14:13, we understand that tongues are a means of receiving information about God’s purpose for our lives when used along with interpretation. In Acts 2, we can see that tongues are used to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to others when we do not speak their native language.
Do I understand what is being said when I speak in tongues?
- Not always. 1 Corinthians 14:13-14 admonishes us to pray that we may interpret in order that our understanding may be fruitful.
Is a Christian who is filled with the Spirit more saved than a Christian that is not filled with the Spirit?
- There are no degrees of Salvation taught in the Bible. You are saved by grace through faith, and not by any work that you could do, Ephesians 2:5, 8-9. You are either saved or you are not saved. However, the Word of God does point out to us that there certainly are advantages to being filled with the Spirit. We can read a few of the advantages in Galatians 5:16-26.
If you desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit, why not ask God to fill you right now?
- He has promised that if you would ask, He would not refuse! In Luke 11:13, the Word of God states, “How much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him.”.