H o l y  S p i r i t--Q u e s t i o n s ,  P a g e  4
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-Why did God give us the Holy Spirit?

So that we might have a relationship with the Father. This relationship can have a great effect for change of our hearts, as it did in the hearts of those with Jesus, as we look at them before and compare their attitudes after His death and upon receipt of the Holy Spirit.
    Peter's example Matthew 26:34 to end of chapter. Even after Jesus' resurrection, some doubted -Matthew 28:17 "And when they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted." They had not yet received the Holy Spirit.
    Without the Holy Spirit with you, 'calling' you, so that you become interested in spiritual concerns, even if Jesus himself was there talking to you, you would be like Peter and Thomas and even after they were there for Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection.-John 21:1-3 "After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself. There were together Simon Peter and Thomas called Didymus and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee and the sons of Zebedee and two other of his disciples. Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing-(in other words; 'to hell with this, I'm outta here; to go and live my life as I darn well deem fit). They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth and entered into a ship immediately and that night they caught nothing." John 20:25 "The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails and put my finger into the print of the nails and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe." John 20:30 "And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book."
    But after the Holy Spirit came, there was change -1Corinthians 2:12 "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God."
    After the Holy Spirit came upon Paul, there was drastic change. So it can be in lives today. All one needs to understand God is His Holy Spirit in you. From there one will be guided into an increasing understanding, and in most cases that seems to involve reading the Bible

-Are Christ and the Father both in us? John 17:21

In Christ is all the fullness of the Father -Colossians 1:19; 1Thessalonians 1:1. They are one in Spirit and indwell us. Our spirit (1Corinthians 2:11) with theirs is one Spirit (1Corinthians 6:17) and expresses through us as the Holy Nature of love doing actions of love toward others here -1John 4:8,16. We are enveloped "immersed" (original Greek for 'baptized') into His Holy Nature
    Giving assent to the words of God enables them to be living words in our lives -John 1:1-4. God never overrides our hearts. The relationship with God-brings forth the power and character of God. 
John 1:16 "And of his fulness (Philippians 2:5,6) have all we received-(original is 'taken'; some desire more than others)-and grace for grace." Philippians 1:19 "For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ." 
    So ask for more of the Holy Spirit (here's one reason why that'll benefit you in this life) and God will bring circumstances and things to our minds so that more of the Spirit can be able to flow into us -2Kings 2:9 "And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha: Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me." Philippians 1:19 ".....the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ."
    If He gave Elisha a double portion, why not you too? Ask for it! -Romans 15:4 "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope."

-What does it mean to be "filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18)?

Once filled, you're filled. You've got it all, except perhaps increased awareness of what you have. Most people having accepted Jesus into their hearts fall short in awareness of all that they have in Him.

John 3:34; Philippians 1:19.

To be filled with the Spirit is to be full and fufilled by the indwelling of that which many of us fail to comprehend effectively, that being God's love (1John 4:8,16) and God's grace and sufficiency towards us being without reservation -2Peter 1:2; 3:18.
     Once you are filled with His life, you know there is no need for searching for life elsewhere, as so many youth do in their quest for fulfillment 'out there' somewhere, perhaps with friends and adventurous activities.
    Some Christians believe they have needs that God is not presently meeting. Impossible! He meets all needs on a momment by moment basis, but God may presently be using circumstances in one's life in such a way to bring a person to where God wants them to be.
    The word "filled" here can just as easily mean 'fulfilled'.
    Paul is cautioning them not to drink too much to the point of drunkenness, but rather to find fulfillment in spiritual things, such as study, and acts of compassion toward others, etc., that bring more of the Holy Spirit forth into one's life.-...Questions continue


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