MacLaughlin Doctrine of being filled with the Holy Spirit

MacLaughlin-Doctrine of the Filling of the Holy Spirit

MacLaughlin (studied under R.B. Thieme Jr) has a short work of about 30+ pages on the filling of the Holy Spirit, losing and retaining, results as fruit of the Spirit

Table of Contents

MacLaughlin (studied under R.B. Thieme Jr) has a short work of about 30+ pages on the filling of the Holy Spirit, losing and retaining, results as the fruit of the Spirit

The Filling of the Holy Spirit

Table of Contents of MacLaughlin-The Doctrine of the Filling of the Holy Spirit

Preface 1

Introduction 2
1. Who is the Holy Spirit? 4

The Deity of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit’s Divine Attributes
The Holy Spirit and His Ministries to the Believer

2. What is the Filling of the Holy Spirit? 9
Holy Spirit Vs. Old Sin Nature
The Filling of the Spirit Compared with the Indwelling of the Spirit
What the Filling of the Spirit is Not

3. The Lord Jesus Christ and the Prototype Filling of the Spirit 16

4. How the Believer Loses the Filling of the Spirit 19
Grieving the Holy Spirit
Quenching the Holy Spirit

5. How the Believer Regains and Retains the Filling of the Spirit 22
Regaining the Filling of the Spirit (Rebound)
Retaining the Filling of the Spirit

6. Results of the Filling of the Spirit 30
The Challenge to Produce Divine Good
The Fruit of the Spirit


There are certain subjects in the Word of God on which many Christians agree to disagree. Some of these are legitimate differences of interpretation, while others can not be overlooked or taken lightly. One that must be taught accurately and precisely is the subject of this book, the filling of the Holy Spirit. The reason it must be correctly understood is that the dispensation of the Church-age is a time in which God has given us supernatural power to execute a fantastic and marvelous spiritual life, and it is only by the filling of the Spirit that we can live this life.

The filling of the Holy Spirit is vital to understand because it is the beginning of discovering the power that God makes available to us in the Christian life.

Eph 1:18-19 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might…

The filling of the Holy Spirit is an option. It is a choice every believer must make every day. Am I living today in God’s power, or am I going it alone, relying only on my own resources? It would be wise to heed the warning in Ephesians 5:15-17, “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

Before you read any further, be sure that as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, you have confessed your known sins, if any, privately to God. This will bring you into fellowship with God, and the Holy Spirit will be able to communicate Bible Doctrine to you from the Word of God.

If you are an unbeliever, the issue is faith in Christ. You must be born again. It is only through faith in the One who took your place on the Cross, and paid the price for your sins, that you can become born again and saved. Please at this moment take the opportunity to tell God the Father, in the privacy of your own soul, that you believe in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, as your personal Savior.

All verses are taken from the New American Standard Bible unless otherwise noted.
Corrected translations by Robert R. McLaughlin are marked with an asterisk (*).

1. Introduction

What God provides in grace must not compromise His perfect essence. Love is the motivation of grace, but justice is the function of grace. Love is not a mechanic of grace. Therefore, God’s justice must be free to give blessing to sinful man without violating divine integrity. Whatever you receive in blessing, divine justice must first accept. Justice must approve everything that comes to us from God. God’s motivation is love, and His decision is sovereignty, but neither love nor sovereignty can go any further than justice will take them. In other words, justice has the final say in whether you will be blessed or cursed in this life.

The Essence Box
Love, Veracity, Omniscience, Omnipotence, Omnipresence, Immutability, Righteousness, Eternal Life, Sovereignty, JUSTICE Mankind

How can God avoid compromising His perfect righteousness and still have a relationship with us? The missing link is our adjustment to the justice of God. You can not adjust to any of the other characteristics of God. You can only adjust to the justice of God. Once you adjust to the justice of God, everything else in your life will fall into place. Remember that after salvation the object of faith changes. Before salvation the object of faith is the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. After salvation the object of faith is the written Word, Bible doctrine. In both cases the justice of God gives the stamp of approval because the object of faith is perfectly righteous! Before salvation, the object of faith is the Lord Jesus Christ, and Bible doctrine, the mind of Christ, is also perfectly right, or perfectly righteous. Therefore, in both cases, the justice of God gives the approval, and the essence of God comes through for the believer without compromising the integrity of God.

The justice of God will not approve or accept any human activity at all. In fact, justice can not approve of man’s works or actions because they must be perfect, and that is impossible for man. Therefore, the Bible says in Romans 7:21*, “I find then a principle of doctrine that evil is present in me, the one who wishes (or desires) to do good.” We can do no good in God’s eyes. Therefore, before we can be brought back into fellowship with God, we must satisfy His justice! His justice can only be satisfied by the perfect work of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and not by any effort we make. Therefore, restoration to fellowship is based upon the believer being rightly related to the justice of God by directing his faith toward the work of Christ on the Cross.

When a believer confesses a sin, God’s justice is free to forgive that sin because His justice was propitiated (satisfied) at the Cross. Only justice and no other part of God’s essence can forgive sin. It is a matter of justice that gets us back in fellowship, not love! Fellowship is based upon justice being satisfied with perfect righteousness; it is not based upon love.

Always remember that faith is the only performance that the justice of God will accept. The justice of God will only accept faith because faith depends totally on the merit of the object. The object of faith at salvation is the Lord Jesus Christ and His work. The justice of God sees your faith trusting in the One who is perfectly righteous, and the justice of God is completely satisfied.

For the spiritual believer, grace must be multiplied. The divine plan can not be executed with human ability, energy, or talent. Grace must come first. It reminds us that we never earn or deserve anything that God has provided for us. These blessings can only be given to believers who know how to be filled with the Spirit and function in the plan of God. When a believer spends the majority of his time under the filling of the Spirit, he becomes teachable; once he has become teachable, he can learn and use doctrine. This leads the believer to develop the proper momentum necessary to fulfill the Christian life.

It is God’s wish and desire that every believer obtain spiritual maturity. It is God’s wish that every believer becomes a winner.

2Pe 1:2-3 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.

Notes on the Holy Spirit 

We see a focus on the biblical material about the Holy Spirit in the following general areas:

  • The Works of the Holy Spirit
  • The Deity of the Holy Spirit
  • The Person of the Holy Spirit
  • The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

About the Holy Spirit

  • The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity.
  • The Holy Spirit is fully God.
  • The Holy Spirit is fully a person. He is not just God's influence or power, but a person in the Godhead.

More on the Holy Spirit

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