1. The original language in which most of the New Testament was written is an interesting language. In its written form it is much more detailed than English is. In this passage of scripture we see that Paul, under the directionof the Holy Spirit speaks to the people to “Be filled with the Spirit.” Thereare four grammatical rules in the Greek language which leads us to four truths regarding this statement.
• First, the verb is in the imperative mood. This means that this
statement is a command. We are to be filled with the Spirit because
God commands it.
• Second, the statement is in the present tense. This means that the
action is going on right now. This is not a sporadic filling it means to be continuous.
• Third, the verb is in the plural. This command is addressed, not only tothe preacher, but to every Christian. We must all be filled with the Holy Spirit.
• Fourth, the verb is in the passive voice. The subject of the verb is
inactive but being acted upon. The filling with the Spirit is not a work of man but of God.
2. Jesus said on that the Holy Spirit will respond to our belief or faith.
3. But what is meant by the fullness of the Holy Spirit?
4. The Scripture says, 'The Spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy'?"
5. The word "lust" means "to earnestly desire." The translation reads, "The Spirit Who has taken up His permanent abode in us constantly and earnestly desires to the point of envy."
B. THE SPIRIT'S DESIRE.
1. What does the Spirit desire even to the point of envy?