“And do not get drunk with wine for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit.”
“If you love Me, you will keep my commandments.”
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him, because He abides with you and will be in you.”
The decade of the 1960s were years of rebellion! There was a rebellion against the Vietnam war, the military draft, the sexual standards of the day, and the religious hypocrisy of the previous generation. Large numbers of young people entered “A search for the Truth,” experimenting with eastern religions and hallucinatory drugs. Some of these young people came full circle and found salvation through faith in Jesus Christ! Oftentimes when these new converts tried to return to mainline traditional churches, they were not welcome with their long hair, crumpled clothing and lack of socially acceptable hygiene. Consequently, false teaching spread, especially about the doctrine of the Holy Spirit! Sadly, too many preachers spent more time condemning the false teachers than teaching the Bible Truth about the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, we see similar things happening today. Thus, for several sessions we will be examining the Scripture’s answer to the question, “Why does a Christian need to be filled with the Holy Spirit?”
First and foremost, the Believer needs to be filled with the Spirit, because the Bible commands it! Ephesians 5:18 is NOT a recommendation, but a requirement! In the original language it is an imperative! In John 14:21 Jesus said, “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me!” In addition to that in the last hours of His earthly life, Jesus withdrew from the crowds to whom He had ministered and spent precious personal time with His disciples. This ongoing conversation is recorded in John, chapters 14, 15 and 16. In it Jesus points out three additional reasons why every Believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit, and what that means.
In John 14:16 Jesus tells his disciples that the Holy Spirit will indwell Believers. The “Helper” here is also translated “Comforter”, “Advocate” or “Intercessor” in other places in the Bible, but note that He is “another” Helper! The Greek word translated another means “another like Me!” The best description of the Holy Spirit is He is another like Jesus Christ! He goes on to say that He will be with us forever! How crucial it is to be reminded when we are lonely, that the Spirit is always with us. In verse 17 we are told He will not only be with us, but He is in us as well. This is reassuring when we are weak, and how often we rediscover our weaknesses in attempting to obey our Lord, both in worship and service! Thus, the Holy Spirit is our Divine Helper who makes the impossible possible!
Stay in touch for Part Two!