Spirit Baptism and the Call To Be Filled
1 Cor. 12:12-13 and other texts
February 17, 2019
My Own Story
- To show, from scripture, that baptism in the Holy Spirit is something that all Christians experience at conversion.
- To show, from scripture, that all Christians should seek to be filled, continuously, repeatedly, again and again with the Holy Spirit. Such fillings ought to be sought after and can bring wonderful blessing into our lives. They can at times, be accompanied by an impartation of various spiritual gifts, including the gift of speaking in tongues.
I. 1 Cor.12:12-13
12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
Tongues and the Corinthian Error
How Paul Understood Baptism In/With the Holy Spirit
II. Passages in Acts
Old Testament Background
“I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them! (Numbers 11:29 NIV)”
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit (Joel 2:28–29 ESV).”
* Also see Jeremiah 31:31, Ezekiel 11:19-20, Ezekiel 36:26-27
“As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit (Acts 11:15-16 ESV).’”
Acts 8, Acts 19
III. The Call To Be Filled With The Holy Spirit
Tongues: Ask God In Faith and Trust God With the Results
Our Need To Be Filled Continuously, Repeatedly
“do not get drunk with wine for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18 ESV)
Being Filled: A Variety of Results
 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.  What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent;  or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:9–13 ESV)
Questions For Discussion / Application:
- Re-read 1 Cor.12:12-13. What does Paul mean when he says “in one Spirit we were all baptized…”?
- What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit? When the Spirit fills a person, what are some of the results? Consider taking a closer look at the following passages:
- Ephesians 5:1-20: the context of the command in Ephesians 5:18 “to be filled with the Spirit”
- Galatians 5:16-26
- Acts 2:4, 4:8, 4:31
- How practically can we seek to be more filled with the Spirit?