Monday, April 11, 2016

Holy Spirit Fill Up

Teaching recently on Acts 2, I mentioned the Holy Spirit is sometimes referred to as "new wine".  That may be hard to prove Biblically, but when the first church folks were accused of being drunk, they were really controlled and by Holy Spirit, not alcohol.  

The Bible doesn't forbid alcohol.  Ephesians 5:18 implores God's people "Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit". There is proof of similar effects since substitution is suggested by the Apostle Paul.  

I can't deny the effects of the Holy Spirit may be similar to alcohol, except for the hangover, and unhealthy effects on the body, the temple of the Holy Spirit.

I used to hear that as a kid.  But it just came back to me explaining Acts 2 to my kids.  Surprised to find they are also the words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:19:

"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 

This is a good reminder that taking care of our bodies is important because of Who lives in it, kind of like taking care of the church building.  How it looks, smells, works and is maintained, says a lot about who it belongs to.  

What are you putting into your body?  Are you poisoning it?  Are you feeding, grooming, exercising it? The best thing to fill it with is the One it was meant for.  

The Apostle Peter: "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."  (Acts 2:38)  Our church family forefathers were "Filled with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:4)

Are we?

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