Summary: Last week, we celebrated the 6th Anniversary of Waterford Gospel Church.
Last week, we celebrated the 6th Anniversary of Waterford Gospel Church.
However today, we celebrate another anniversary, it is the anniversary if
the Church Universal. Today is Pentecost Sunday, or Wit Sunday, as some
call it, marking the birthday of the Church at Pentecost.
With this in mind, I want to draw your attention to an important and vital
truths, regarding the Fulness of the Spirit.
The 1st Church, we have noted, was a Submissive Church, and a Steadfast
Church, and a Sharing Church. But the 1st Church was also a SPIRIT FILLED
CHURCH. The effectiveness of the 1st Church is revealed in the fact that
it was Spirit Filled. Therefore, every Christian, who will be effective
for God, must be Spirit Filled.
God has a Divine purpose, which He is working out through his Church, and
in order for God to work out that purpose, the Church MUST be endued with
a divine equipment. That Divine equipment is bound up in the Fulness of
the Holy Spirit.
It was A. W Tozer who said,
The popular notion, that the first obligation of the Christian Church
is to spread the Gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth is false!
Her first obligation is to be spiritually worthy to spread the Gospel.
Jesus put it like this, as he spoke to the fledgling Church, Acts 1:8;
You shall receive POWER, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon
you, and You shall be WITNESSES unto me both in Jerusalem, and
in Judea, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth
In John 16:7, Jesus predicted the coming of the Holy Spirit, He said,
But I tell you the truth, it is expedient for you that I go away; for if
I do not go away, the Comforter will not come to you. But if I depart, I
will send Him to you
COMFORTER - PARAKLETOS, one who comes along side to help, an advocate, in
a legal sense a counsel for the defense.
ALLOS - Another of the same sort
The coming of the Spirit, radically transformed the Infant Church. Peter,
for example, who had previously denied the Master, was radically
transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. As he preached on the day of
Pentecost, about 3,000 souls were added to the church. The church, that
was fearful, and in hiding in the upper room, became bold and dynamic in
the power of God. They had this testimony, ‘These are they that have
turned the world upside down!' (Acts 17:6)
With this in mind, on this the Birthday of the Church, or Wit Sunday, as
some call it, let's take some time to discover what God has to say about
the FULNESS OF THE SPIRIT. Turn with me to our text, found in Ephesians
And be not drunk with wine....but be filled with the Spirit
1. A COMMAND to be OBEYED
Paul states, Eph 5:18;
....but be FILLED with the Spirit
The Fulness of the Spirit is not an OPTION but an OBLIGATION. When Paul
made this statement, it was in the IMPERATIVE MOOD, meaning that it is a
COMMAND to do something. The IMPERATIVE MOOD expresses a command to the
hearer to perform a certain action by the order and authority of the one
An example of the IMPERATIVE MOOD is found in Acts 2:38, when Peter
responded to his Jewish audience and said,
REPENT and be baptized everyone of you
This is the WILL OF GOD for every believer, not just a select few. Note
Paul's word's in Eph 5:17;
Do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is
Writing to the Thessalonians Paul said, 1 Thess 4:3;
This is the will of God even your SANCTIFICATION (HOLINESS)
It was A.W Tozer who said,
The Spirit filled life is not a special deluxe version of the
Christianity. It is part and parcel to the total plan of God for his
Paul prays for the Ephesians, 3:16;
that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be
strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man
This experience is so important, that Paul prayed for the Ephesians, 3:19;
That you may be filled with all the fulness of God
A. INDWELT with the Spirit
At the moment of conversion, the Holy Spirit takes up RESIDENCE in our
lives, and we are INDWELT with the Spirit.
Paul states in Rom 8:9;
If any man have not the Spirit of Christ
he is none of His
And again in Eph 4: 30;
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you
were sealed for the day of redemption
SEAL - A pledge or a guarantee, of a purchased possession. An engagement
ring, a covenant between two parties. As the various shipments of lumber