Flooded with the Spirit

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Seemingly being flooded with the Spirit is something the Spirit sovereignly does, but being filled with the Spirit is something that we cooperate with the Holy Spirit in.

In the New Testament, there are two words for being filled with the Spirit: one can be translated filled and the other can be translated flooded. It's important to notice the difference. When the Holy Spirit arrived on the day of Pentecost, and the disciples spoke in other languages or tongues, the word flooded was used of them. In the same context, the word filled occurred when the room was filled with tongues of fire. Seemingly being flooded with the Spirit is something the Spirit sovereignly does, but being filled with the Spirit is something that we cooperate with the Holy Spirit in.

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were bewildered, because they were each one hearing them speak in his own language. (Act 2:4-6)

I believe that every once in a while a believer is flooded with the Spirit so as to fulfill a determined purpose of God. As believers, we are to pursue being filled with the Spirit which is to have the emotional life, character, and perspective of Jesus Christ. That is the continual goal of God the Holy Spirit.

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