An interesting question has been raised out of my sermon preparation on Acts 3-4 this week. What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit? I understood that the filling of the Spirit first occured at Pentecost, and following on from that is the new privilege, in the last days, of all followers of Jesus.
However in Acts 4, just a few days after Pentecost, both Peter and the other believers are again filled with the Spirit. Peter is filled with the Spirit to enable him to speak boldly to the Sanhedrin about the power of the name of Jesus. Then all the believers are filled with the Spirit, with an accompanied shaking of their house, and they are all enabled to speak boldly about Jesus.
Why do the believers need to be filled with the Spirit again if they are already filled? and should we be expecting additional filling of the Holy Spirit for special events in our lives?
Love to hear your thoughts.