Luke 3:21-23; 4:1-12

 Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit Luke4:1…

 Jesus didn’t just go into the wilderness; He went on a 5 stage spiritual journey

Infancy; childhood; youth; adult & ultimately His purpose

Luke 4:1-18; 1 John 2:12-16; 1 Corinthians 13:11; 1 Peter 2:2

Childhood Stage

Begins we allow the Holy Spirit to fill us up

Simultaneously, God begins to heal us from the old self-love with His concept of forgiveness

2 Major Challenges:

  1. We must come to understand that we can be filled with the Holy Spirit today

  2. We must realize how to be filled by Him in our daily lives

 Jesus showed us how to overcome challenge # 1

By the time he returned from the Jordan River, He was Spirit filled

He had plenty of time to commune with the Spirit & be filled by Him, before returning to Galilee

 Remember the number one purpose of the Spirit in the earth is to commune with us in our single most important relationship with God

 Being filled with the Spirit is the direct result of daily communing with Him

Communion with the H.S. allows you to develop a relationship with Him which leads to the following states:

Friendship, fellowship, companionship, ownership, leadership, and partnership

Practically speaking, to be filed with the H.S. means to be under His influence & control

Greek word for full in Luke 4:1 is pleres

An adjective describing the completed stet of being filled to the point of under His control

Root Greek Word for the process of being filled is pleho

Means to be full of to fulfill

Both words are used by Paul in Eph 5:18…

“do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit”

Greek word for filled in this passage is plerousthe

Means to continually fill to the top, and make full

An ever present tense verb, representing a continual action that never stops

Why Should we Be Filled With the Holy Spirit


Paul emphatically commands all believers to be filled with the H.S. – Eph 5:18…

Translated into the imperative mood & in a plural number

Meaning it still applies today, in the active voice & passive voice

The H.S. is active in the filling process * we are passive in the receiving process


Everyone who claims to be a believer is commanded to be filled with the H.S.

This command can be proven by Sound Doctrine:

Bible-Answer – Eph 5:18

Bible-Mate – Acts 13:52

Bible-Example – Luke 4:1

Bible-New Self Love – Acts 2:1ff

Four Measures Theory

An analogy that is used to describe why we should NOT be filled with the H.S. today

Argues that there are 4 measures of being filled with the H.S. in the New Testament:

  1. Boundless Measure – John 3:34 – Jesus

This theory argues that Jesus received the full measure of the H.S. & he was the only one who received this unlimited measure

  1. Baptismal Measure – Apostles

  2. The Laying on of Hands Measure –Apostles

  3. Ordinary Measure – Received at the Remission of Sins

The theory is flawed for 5 reasons:

  1. We cannot divide the H.S., who is a person, into four parts

  2. The Greek word for measure means “an instrument for measuring, a vessel for determining the quantity of things, a ruler of measuring, & a standard for judging

    1. Meaning that Jesus is our standard for measuring & judging how we receive the H.S.

  3. John 3:34-35, Jesus is the standard for how we receive the H.S. in these last days

  4. In context, John 3:34 refers to the Old Testament prophets who received the H.S. for limited amounts of time/purposes. (Jesus was filled with the H.S. & left us an example of how we should)

  5. All apostles agree that Jesus is the standard for what we should do in the Christian life

    1. Heb 12:2; Phil 2:5; 1 Pet 1:21; 2 Pet 1:3

    2. We should adopt the beliefs, values & attitudes of Jesus when we receive the H.S. today

Is the Holy Spirit Still Being Poured Out Today?

Ever since God created Niagra Falls, it has been pouring water over the falls

Similarly, ever since God established the church on Pentecost, He has been pouring His Spirit on those who obey Him – Acts 2:32-42…

The Bible introduces Pouring of the H.S. as the same experience as being filled with the H.S. & is often referred to by man as baptizing of the H.S.

Luke 3:21-22…

The Greek word for descended means “to come down upon, to fall down upon, or to go down upon

For this to happen, the H.S. had to be poured out by someone & that someone was God

Since this is our example, we can conclude that the way we are filled today, is by the Him being poured upon us in the same way He was poured upon Jesus

Joel 2:28…

Zech 12:10…

Luke Acts 2:38-40…

When the notion of be filled with the H.S. is introduced by man, it is referred to as baptism of the H.S.

Matt 3:11; Acts 11:15-16; Acts 1:5; Luke 24:49…

Conclusion: Anytime we talk about the pouring, being filled, or baptism of the H.S. we are speaking of the same thing

Pouring Out is Used 4 Times In the New Testament

First, Peter quoted Joel in Acts 2:28 – Began by God on human spirits in the NT

Second, Acts 2:32-33… – the new age of baptism – Jesus commanded them not to leave Acts 1:4-8…

Third, Acts 10:44-45… – See also 4:32; 13;52; 18:5-6; 1 Cor 12:13

Fourth, Titus 3:5-6… – Paul proved the H.S. pouring continued after Pentecost

Joel 2:28; Acts 2:16-17; 11:16…– Peter said the gift/promise would be given to all

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Baptism means “immersion or submersion”

Thus baptism of the H.S. means to be immersed by the H.S.

Not an individual act, but collective act of God on all believers who obey His word – 1 Cor 12:13; Acts 8:36-38…

Firstly, God introduced on the day of Pentecost, in a one time, ongoing act of pouring out the H.S. upon the Jews

Secondly, God extended the same ongoing act upon the Gentiles & continues today to those baptized in water for the remission of sins & who continue to receive the H.S. by obeying God’s Word

Acts 2:37-38…

Notice the extension of the promise

Joel’s prophecy also declared where baptism of the H.S. would begin – Acts 2:17…

Heb 1:1-2… -The last days starts with the coming of Jesus & ends with His return

God will be pouring out His spirit until Jesus comes to those who obey His word & are baptized – Acts 5:32…

Just as the crucifixion of Jesus was a one-time event & His blood is still cleansing believers of their sins

Baptism of the H.S. is still filling believers – 1 John 1:7; Rom 3:25; 5:6-9; Eph 1:7; Col 1:14…

Jesus’ crucifixion was prophesied & fulfilled in one ongoing event starting at Pentecost

Baptism of the H.S. was prophesied & is still being fulfilled in one ongoing event

Zech 12:10; Joel 2:28; Acts 2:28; 2:32-33;

One Baptism

There are 4 types of baptism mentioned in the New Testament


Holy Spirit



Christ spoke of two of these (Suffering – which only Jesus experienced & Fire – which was the threat of Hell’s fire)

Eph 4:5… Paul says there is but one

It is the water baptism of Eph 5:25-26…

Baptism in Eph 4:5 means “immersion by the washing of water” which agrees with the washing of water Paul talks about in Eph 5:25-26

Jesus commanded men to administer water baptism in the great commission – Matt 28:18-20; Acts 8:36-38…

Holy Spirit baptism has always been administered by God

Was the Holy Spirit’s Baptism Different for the Apostles?


The apostles had a different purpose in life than we do today

They received the baptism of the H.S. to create, confirm, establish God’s Word & the church of Christ

Anointed them with power they needed to fulfill their unique purpose

No one today has that purpose

There are no more living apostles of Jesus today

The Holy Spirit empowers us according to the purpose of God

Apostles were ordained by God to be eye witnesses of Jesus’ & His resurrection – Mark 16:16-20; Heb 2:1-4…

When their purpose was complete, the power they needed ended with them – Heb 2:1-4; 1 Cor 13:8-13…

Paul is very clear & direct:

A time will come in the future, when prophesies will fail, tongues cease, & supernatural knowledge will vanish away


When the perfect comes

The partial gifts will go away and the permanent will come of faith, hope & love & remain

Paul wrote this near the infancy of the church & today those partial gifts of prophecy, tongues & supernatural knowledge have ceased; the permanent gifts live forever

Does this mean the H.S. stopped doing miracles & cannot do miracles today?

Paul told the Galatians, years after Pentecost, they were foolish for believing the H.S. could not still do miracles – Gal 3:1-5…

God can still do what & when He wants today, but we must have faith, hope & love to believe in miracles

If we have faith, hope & love in God, nothing is impossible – 1 John 4:7-8; Luke 1:37; 18:27; Matt 17:20; 19:26; Heb 11:6; Mark 11:22-24…

We don’t need the same power the H.S. gave the apostles, all we need if the power that faith, hope & love gives us in the Holy Spirit –Eph 3:16-20…

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