Full of the Spirit

A Series on Understanding Accountability

These Bible study lessons are designed to complement the myriad of study guides and plans available today. Through them, we hope to introduce sound study methodology, build a strong foundation of knowledge from which you can build and integrate a more coherent and comprehensive understanding of God's word and theology.

Progressively becoming more Christ like is the essence of sanctification (2 Cor 3:17-18), and the Holy Spirit plays an essential role. As the author of God's word (2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Pet 1:20-21), the Holy Spirit provides the means of sanctification through the study of the Bible (Matt 4:4; John 8:31-32; 15:3-5; 17:14-17), and through the community of Believers (1 Cor 12:12-13; Eph 4:4-7, 11-16).

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1. As you review the New Covenant (Ezek 36:23-28), what does the Holy Spirit do (John 14:16-17, 26; 1 Cor 2:10-16)?

2. In those instances where people were "full of the Spirit," what do you observe about them (Luke 4:1-14; Acts 4:31; 6:3-5, 8; 7:51-56; Acts 11:22-24)? Is being "full of the Spirit" the means to an end? What does the Holy Spirit do?

3 Have you ever noticed the paradox of Paul's imperative in Ephesians 5:18? The Greek grammar of "be filled" indicates that the Believer is being acted upon by another; it is not something the Believer can actively do in being filled! What is Paul commanding (Eph 5:15-21, consider Rom 12:1-2)?! What do you think it means to "be full of the Spirit?"

4. Carefully observe Galatians 5:13-26. What do you notice in the context of the Spirit? What role does your desire play? What do you observe in a couple antithetical examples of being "full of the Spirit" (Eph 4:28-32; 1 Thes 5:12-22)./p>

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