Moule Fulness of the Spirit

Moule, H.C.G. – Fulness of the Spirit

H. G. C. Moule Fulness of the Spirit is a one short chapter work by H. G. C. Moule on the fulness or filling of the Holy Spirit, about 12 pages.

H. G. C. Moule Fulness of the Spirit is a one short chapter work by H. G. C. Moule on the fulness or filling of the Holy Spirit, about 12 pages.

H. G. C. Moule Fulness of the Spirit

Preached in Trinity Church, Cambridge

“But be ye filled with the Spirit.”—Eph. 5:18.

THE Greek represented by this clause of the English Version may be somewhat more literally rendered, “But be ye filled in the Spirit,” or, perhaps, “But be ye full in the Spirit.”1 The importance of this literalism will appear in the course of our study of this word of God; at present I do but note it, and pass on.

Handley Carr Glyn Moule

23 December 1841 – 8 May 1920) was an evangelical Anglican theologian, writer, poet, and Bishop of Durham from 1901–1920.

See My Explanation of Anglicanism, also from, their article on Anglicanism

Biography of Moule

Handley Moule
Handley Moule

Moule was schooled at home before entering Trinity College, Cambridge in 1860, where he graduated BA in 1864.[1] He was elected a Fellow of Trinity in 1865, and became an assistant master at Marlborough College before he was ordained deacon in 1867 and priest in 1868. From 1867 he was his father's curate at Fordington, Dorset, with a stint of five years as Dean of Trinity College chapel, 1873–1877.[2] In 1880 he became the first principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and then in 1899 became Norrisian Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, until his appointment as Bishop of Durham in September 1901. He was consecrated as a bishop in York Minster on 18 October 1901.[3]

Moule was active in the Higher Life movement and was one of the speakers at the inaugural Keswick Convention. He is buried in St Cuthbert's Cemetery, Durham.

Moule was an Honorary Chaplain to Queen Victoria from December 1898[4] until her death in January 1901, then an Honorary Chaplain to Edward VII for a couple of months until he was appointed bishop. In November 1901 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of St Catherine's College, Oxford, where he had been a Professorial Fellow previously,[5] and in December 1901 he received the degree Doctor of Divinity (DD) by diploma from the University of Durham.[6]

Publications by Moule

Moule was a New Testament scholar who wrote over 60 books and pamphlets. He contributed the chapters on Paul's letters to the Romans, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon in the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (1891-98) [9] and also wrote poems on religious subjects; he won the Seatonian Prize at Cambridge for sacred poetry 1869–1873 and again in 1876. He published at least two volumes of poetry in his lifetime, in addition to the prizewinning pieces.[10] He wrote a number of hymns, of which "Lord and Savior, True and Kind" is probably the best known.[11][12]

This is an incomplete list of Handley Moule's published works:

  • Christian Self-Denial: A Poem Which Obtained the Seatonian Prize, MDCCCLXIX, Deighton, Bell, & Co., Cambridge, 1869
  • Poems on Subjects Selected From the Acts of the Apostles, with Other Miscellaneous Pieces, Deighton, Bell, & Co., Cambridge, 1869
  • The Beloved Disciple: A Poem Which Obtained the Seatonian Prize, MDCCCLXX, Deighton, Bell, & Co., Cambridge, 1870
  • Tyre: A Poem Which Obtained the Seatonian Prize, MDCCCLXXI, Deighton, Bell, & Co., Cambridge, 1871
  • The Gospel in Polynesia: A Poem Which Obtained the Seatonian Prize, MDCCCLXXII, Deighton, Bell, & Co., Cambridge, 1872
  • The Brazen Serpent: A Poem Which Obtained the Seatonian Prize, MDCCCLXXIII, Deighton, Bell, & Co., Cambridge, 1873
  • The Victory Which Overcometh the World: A Poem Which Obtained the Seatonian Prize, MDCCCLXXVI, Deighton, Bell, & Co., Cambridge, 1876
  • Dorchester Poems, W. Poole, London, 1878
  • Christianus, A Story of Antioch: And Other Poems, Cambridge: Deighton, Bell, and Co., 1883
  • Thoughts on Union with Christ, Seeley & Co., London, 1885
  • Thoughts on Christian Sanctity, Seeley & Co., London, 1886
  • Thoughts on the Spiritual Life, Seeley & Co., London, 1887
  • The Epistle to the Ephesians, with Introduction and Notes, University Press, Cambridge, 1888
  • Outlines of Christian Doctrine, Thomas Whittaker, New York, probably 1889
  • Veni Creator: Thoughts on the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit of Promise, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1890
  • To My Younger Brethren: Chapters on Pastoral Life and Work, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1892
  • Charles Simeon, Methuen & Co., London, 1892
  • Christ is All: Sermons from New Testament Texts on Various Aspects of the Glory and Work of Christ; With Some Other Sermons, E. P. Dutton & Co., New York, 1892
  • Jesus and the Resurrection. Expository Studies on St. John xx, xxi, London, 1893
  • The Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1894
  • Secret Prayer, Thomas Whittaker, New York, 1895
  • Colossian Studies: Lessons in Faith and Holiness from St. Paul's Epistles to the Colossians and Philemon, A. C. Armstrong and Son, New York, 1898
  • Ephesian Studies: Expository Readings on the Epistle of Saint Paul to the Ephesians, A. C. Armstrong and Son, New York, 1900
  • Phillipian Studies: Lessons in Faith and Love from St. Paul's Epistle to the Philippians, A. C. Armstrong, New York, 1900
  • The Old Gospel for the New Age, And Other Sermons, Fleming H. Revell Company, Chicago, New York, & Toronto, 1901
  • The Epistle of Saint Paul to the Romans, A. C. Armstrong, New York, 1902
  • From Sunday to Sunday: Short Bible Readings for the Sundays of the Year, A. C. Armstrong and Son, New York, 1904
  • Short Devotional Studies on the Dying Letter of St. Paul, Religious Tract Society, London, 1905
  • The School of Suffering: A Brief Memorial of Mary E. E. Moule, By Her Father Handley, Bishop of Durham, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, London, 1907
  • Messages from the Epistle to the Hebrews, Elliot Stock, London, 1909
  • Memories of a Vicarage, Religious Tract Society, London, 1913
  • Christus Consolator: Words for Hearts in Trouble, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, London, 1917
  • Letters and poems of Bishop Moule: Selections from the Spiritual Letters and Poems of Handley Carr Glyn Moule, Bishop of Durham (1901–1920), Marshall Bros., 1921

Some of these have been reprinted in recent years; some are available as e-books for the Kindle and other readers.

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One other verbal detail let us not pass by—the “but” which links the clause with the words before it. You see what they are: “Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be ye filled in the Spirit.” What is the significance of that link? It is, that it places in co-ordination the two precepts of this one verse, the negative and the positive. It assures us that the one is as extensive in its reference and purpose as the other. For every member of the Christian community of Ephesus, beyond a question, it was a primary and impartial moral

1 The parish pulpit is not the place for the discussion of difficult grammatical questions. I therefore did not, in this Sermon, remark on the absence of the definite article before Πνεύµατι, so that the barely literal version is “in Spirit.” But I did not think this material to the main purport of the text. The reference of the word Πνεύµα is in any case to the Holy Spirit, not to the human spirit, whether it is a reference to His Person or to His “influence.”

More Works on the Filling of the Holy Spirit

Notes on the Holy Spirit - His Works

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

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

The Holy Spirit's Works

  • The Holy Spirit participated in Creation.
  • The Holy Spirit convinces of sin, justice, and judgment.
  • Calling of the Believer
  • Regeneration of the Believer (Bavinck)
  • Indwelling (Murray)
  • The Spirit of Christ (Murray)
  • Making Believer Holy
  • Convincing of Sin

Note by Editor: David Cox

When speaking of the works of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit is active in the salvation of a person's soul. His activity comes in the form of a general conviction of sin which goes on constantly between every human and his Lord God. But in the "coming of a soul to Christ", the reformed/Presbyterian view is that a person does not do anything within his own self to get saved, yea, it is impossible for him to do anything such as faith, repentance, remorse, etc. 

The reformed view is that the Holy Spirit regenerates that person's soul "with irresistible grace" to make him have at a later point, saving faith. The order is very distinctive of Calvinism, regeneration has to happen by the Holy Spirit BEFORE a person is saved, not after.

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