did God give us the Holy Spirit?
So that we might have a relationship
with the Father. This relationship can have a great effect
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.
26:34 to end of chapter. Even after Jesus' resurrection, some doubted
"And when they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted." They had
not yet received the Holy Spirit.
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
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."
"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
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
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
forth the power and character of God.
1:16 "And of his
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
does it mean to be "filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians
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.
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.
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
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
not to drink too much to the point
of drunkenness, but rather to find fulfillment in spiritual things, such
study, and acts of
compassion toward others, etc., that bring more
of the Holy Spirit forth into one's life.-...Questions