This article is the fifth in a series on the work of the Holy Spirit. Here the author distinguishes between occasional and habitual filling with the Spirit. Being filled with the Spirit is the work of the Holy Spirit; however, by filling ourselves with God's word we create a channel to experience the filling of the Spirit. The article also discusses corporate worship in relation to being filled by the Spirit.
This essay begins with a survey of the Old Testament background to the New Testament teaching on what it means to be filled with the Spirit. It next offers a detailed study of all the references in the New Testament to a filling with the Holy Spirit or a person being full of the Spirit. Detailed attention is given to Ephesians 5:18 and the relevant passages in the book of Acts.