Introduction to the New Covenant experience with the Holy Ghost – the filling

I wrote in the previous post about  The Wind Of The Holy Spirit On The Day of Pentecost and would like to continue today with a description of the New Covenant infilling with the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost.  While the infilling received by believers under the Old Covenant was glorious, our beloved Apostle Paul instructs us that:

… the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever! – 2 Corinthians 3: 11.

Let us therefore  examine the infilling that  believers  under the New Covenant had with the blessed Holy Spirit of Christ:

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty – 2 Corinthians 3: 17


The infilling on the Day of Pentecost – understanding the meaning based on relevant comparisons

Pimplēmi  (verb) is the Greek  word used in Acts 2: 4 for FILLED:

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all  filled G4130 with the Holy Ghost, G4151 and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit G4151 gave them utterance – Acts 2: 1 – 4.


What it means to be FILLED with the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit

Filled means to  occupy to the full capacity, to put into a receptacle and to supply to an extreme degree or plentifully (Dictionary.com, 2015). Permeated, brimming, replete and full are synonyms (Thesarsus.com, 2015).

Pimplēmi  gives us two main comparisons that paint a picture of what it means to be filled with the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit. The word  is used:

a. in the context of human beings being filled with an emotion such as fear.

b. to describe the filling of an item with something else.


Examples in which Pimplēmi   is used to indicate humans being filled with an emotion

We see that humans can be filled with emotions such as wrath, fear, madness, wonder and amazement, indignation, envy and confusion. People in the scriptures took action based on the emotions that they experienced. For example, the Jews attempted to murder Jesus when they allowed the spirit of wrath to fill them. In other words, they gave way to the devil rather than to the Spirit of God.

Human behavior exposes the inner condition of their spirits and this can be discerned by those who are trained by God. For example, Apostle Paul discerned that the Elymas the sorcerer was “full of all subtilty and all mischief …child of the devil … enemy of all righteousness” because he withstood the gospel and attempted to turn the deputy from the faith (Acts 13: 6 – 10).

Human responses are therefore directed and controlled by the power source that they permit to fill their spirits. Therefore those who are filled with the Holy Spirit will demonstrate the Spirit and Character of Christ in all His fulness:

And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled G4130 with wrath 

And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong – Luke 4: 28 & 29

And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God

And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled G4130 with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day – Luke 5: 25 & 26.

And they were filled G4130 with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus – Luke 6: 11.

And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled G4130 with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him – Acts 3:  10.

Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled G4130 with indignation 

And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison – Acts 9: 17.- Acts 5: 17 & 18.

But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled G4130 with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming – Acts 13: 45.

And the whole city was filled G4130 with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul’s companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre – Acts 19: 29.


Examples in which Pimplēmi  is used to indicate an item being saturated or filled with another thing

These texts show us that being filled means to be replete or overflowing with the thing that does the filling. On the Day of Pentecost, the Disciples were so full with the Spirit of Christ that they appeared to be intoxicated. They were also able to supernaturally preach the gospel with clarity in spite of their humble backgrounds and Galilean speech:

And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled G4130 it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink – Matthew 27: 28.

And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled G4130 both the ships, so that they began to sink – Luke 5: 7.


When an individual is filled with the Holy Ghost

Since He is the same yesterday, today and forever, the infilling under the New Covenant duplicated the nature and character of God in the lives of those who were filled, just as under the Old Covenant.

From the verb Pimplēmi we see that people who were filled with the Holy Spirit spoke prophetically under His direction, giving information to which they only had supernatural  access. Clarity and boldness are also evidences of this infilling:

For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled G4130 with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb – Luke 1: 15.

And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled G4130 with the Holy Ghost

And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb – Luke 1: 41 & 42.

And his father Zacharias was filled G4130 with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying – Luke 1: 67.

Then Peter, filled G4130 with the Holy Ghost, said unto them… – Acts 4: 8.

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were G4130 all filled G4130 with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness – Acts 4: 31.

More astonishingly, Apostle Paul was immediately transformed from a hater of the way of Christ and transformed into a preacher when he was filled with the Holy Spirit. The infilling caused the spiritual and physical scales to fall from his blind eyes so that he understood the truth. Through the power of that same infilling, he was able to discern and judge Elymas the sorcerer:

And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with G4130 the Holy Ghost – Acts 13: 9.

Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with G4130 the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him

And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand

Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord – Acts 13: 9 – 12.


The believer who is filled with the Holy Ghost will wax strong in spirit

As I read the previous texts, my eyes fell on the words waxed strong ”  in spirit, a description of the spirits of John the Baptist and Jesus.  I decided to explore.  These fascinating words were first encountered in Archangel Gabriel’s prophecy to Zechariah that John would be born and would be filled with the Holy Ghost from the womb. As a result, John waxed strong”  in spirit as he grew up. The same was true of Jesus who was also filled with the Holy Spirit in the womb:

For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled G4130 with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb – Luke 1: 15.

And the child grew, and waxed strong G2901 in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel – Luke 1: 80

And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God – Luke 1: 35

And the child grew, and waxed strong G2901 in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him – Luke 2: 40.

Secrets revealed

We see that God fills children from the womb.  This is His Eternal Plan. Why aren’t we praying over the pregnant women and their unborn children to be filled as in the case of  John and Jesus and others under the Old Covenant (e.g. Samson, Jeremiah)? John leaped when he heard Mary greet his mother. The child can hear the external environment and respond to it. This is the reason why pregnant women need anointed hands laid on their wombs and why they must saturate their environment with the Word and Power of God.

I know of two children who I can say were definitely filled with the Holy Spirit from the womb by the laying on of hands. They love God without  question, hate satan and are very strong in spirit. God gives them unusual revelations in dreams and visions.

The church has failed our youths because they are not filled with the Holy Spirit. They are filled with gifts and talents and celebrated for  these. Nothing is wrong with that, but even satan and his demons have retained theirs. Let’s get our children back to the Holy Ghost infilling.

As I further studied waxed strong, I found that strong and strengthened are also used as synonyms. This tells us that the believer who is filled with the Holy Spirit is strong in faith, courageous, rooted in Christ, full of agape love, understanding  and full of God. Can we see that the Church desperately needs to be filled with the Holy Spirit? This is mandatory if we are to produce strong, successful and overcoming believers:

Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. G29 –1 Corinthians 16: 13.

That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened G2901 with might by his Spirit in the inner man

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us – Ephesians 3: 16 – 20.

Waxed strong comes from the root word, the adjective krataios which is used in one to refer to the mighty hand of God. Thus the infilling with the Holy Spirit means that the believer is under the mighty hand of God and becomes like God. In turn, krataios comes from another root word which means dominion and the glorious power of God. We desperately need the infilling:

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty G2900 hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time – 1 Peter 5: 6.

Even more curious, I did another word search on waxed strong, finding confirmation of the dominion that occurs with the infilling. Waxed strong  is associated with military might, courage and supernatural ability to fight war. Therefore, the believer who is filled with the Holy Spirit will be empowered to overcome in adverse circumstances and opposition and will not faint:

there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker – 2 Samuel 3: 1.

Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken… – Daniel 8: 8.

Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens – Hebrews 11: 34.

Conclusion

The revelation of the scriptures is clear. The 20th century church desperately needs to fall down at the altar and cry out for the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost has to be more than a feast or celebration. It must become the time when we desperately ask the Father to empower us to wage the warfare so that we will overcome the forces that are increasingly oppressing us.

Angelic blessings, peace and prosperity. More to come.

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