A question commonly asked in the religious realm today is “Are you Spirit-filled?” or “Is your church filled with the Spirit?” These questions, and the answers to them, are interpreted many different ways.
Ephesians 5:18 is often used as a starting point when teaching on the subject of being “Spirit-filled”.
Ephesians 5:18 (KJV)
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
When translated from Greek, you will find this text means to “be continually filled with the Spirit”. It indicates a gradual process that needs to be repeated often. Are you wondering how such a process could take place? There are a number of texts that can answer that question, such as these two in the book of John:
John 7:37-39 (KJV)
7:37 In the last day, that great [day] of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet [given]; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
John 6:63 (KJV)
6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life.
In this short Bible study, we find proof of the means of salvation, and learn how the water of life from within the spirit of a child of God can be the means of eternal life for others. (It is a beautiful picture!!!) We are also given for consideration a list of characteristics that would demonstrate whether a church might possibly be “Spirit-filled”.
It is a question that we should all ask ourselves: Am I Spirit-filled? To find out, and to learn how to fill our spirits with the Word of God, this study is a good starting point.
Read: Are You Spirit-Filled?