Summary: Jesus was filled with the sevenfold Holy Spirit and desire His church to be filled likewise. How does a Spirit Filled Church look like?
A Spirit Filled Church
If there is one desire in God’s heart then it is that His church must be filled again with the Spirit of the Lord.
Must understand what we and God means by church.
AMP) Do you not discern and understand that you [the whole church at Corinth] are God’s temple (His sanctuary), and that God’s Spirit has His permanent dwelling in you [to be at home in you, collectively as a church and also individually]?
BBE) Do you not see that you are God’s holy house, and that the Spirit of God has his place in you?
AMP) Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own,
BBE) Or are you not conscious that your body is a house for the Holy Spirit which is in you, and which has been given to you by God? and you are not the owners of yourselves;
It is very clear we are the church. Wherever we are we must be church of God. So God has a desire for you and me to be filled with the Spirit of God.
Now the question arose where did the church start?
AMP) I indeed baptize you in (with) water because of repentance [that is, because of your changing your minds for the better, heartily amending your ways, with abhorrence of your past sins]. But He Who is coming after me is mightier than I, Whose sandals I am not worthy or fit to take off or carry; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
MSG) "I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. The real action comes next: The main character in this drama--compared to him I’m a mere stagehand--will ignite the kingdom life within you, a fire within you, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out.
AMP) And when Jesus was baptized, He went up at once out of the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he [John] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him.
So Jesus, who was the first real church, was filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus was a Spirit filled church.
Now the next question is who is this Spirit?
AMP) And there between the throne and the four living creatures (beings) and among the elders [of the heavenly Sanhedrin] I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God [the sevenfold Holy Spirit] Who have been sent [on duty far and wide] into all the earth.
The seven horns and eyes were on Jesus and is the sevenfold Holy Spirit.
Isaiah 11:1 – 2
So a Spirit filled church is a church filled with all of this. Just like Jesus.
John 7:37 – 39
Ezekiel 47:8 – 12
This is a Spirit filled house.
Matthew 21:12 – 17
Happened just after Jesus entered Jerusalem triumphally. People were shouting, singing, dancing, praising God. Threw their clothes on the ground; others cut branches from trees and spread them on the road. The church of the day tried to stop it, but people were praising the King of kings. Jesus entered Jerusalem as a King but never went to a palace but straight to His Father’s house.
Jesus knew there was something wrong in His Father’s house. Even today – something wrong in church – not filled with the Spirit of God anymore.
Saw rituals, ceremonies and traditions which people brought in temple. At first seemed like a good idea. It was to help the nation of Israel in their service to God. Was not a bad idea at all. Once every month they must come to Jerusalem to bring an offering. Lived sometimes far from Jerusalem. Was difficult to travel long distance with their offering. It helped to buy an offering at temple.
But in spite of good intentions Jesus overturned the tables of the money changers. Made a whip of cords and drove oxen, sheep and doves out of temple. All the rituals were there; all the offerings were there, but no Spirit filled church.
Time for Jesus to overturn our tables.
Three things happened which is also a characteristic of a Spirit filled church.
ONE: For the first time there was a manifestation of the glory and power of Jesus Christ. For the first time there was revival in the church and it was in direct conflict with the traditions and rituals of the church.