“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
As new leaders were sought in the early Church, Peter said:
“Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business” Acts 6:3.
This means being full of the Spirit is something discernible. From the text, we deduce that you can tell if someone is filled with the Spirit.
Now, the next question is “How?” How do you tell that someone is filled with the Spirit?
Repeatedly in the epistles, an important information is communicated about the infilling of the spirit of God. That is, it is demonstrated by ‘speaking’.
Paul instructed the church at Ephesus (Eph 5:18-19), to not be drunken with wine, but rather to be filled with the spirit, SPEAKING to themselves in psalms.
Today’s text says “….they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues” (Acts 2:4).
In Acts 4:8, the bible says: “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them…”.
Same thing in Acts 4:31: “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness”.
Many think that to be full of the Spirit means being moody and not talking to anyone. However, scriptures teach that a lot of talking and rejoicing comes with being filled.
This is what we’ve been called to- a life of speaking about who we are, what we have and what we can do in Christ.