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Lin, T. – How the Holy Spirit Works in Believers’ Lives Today

How the Holy Spirit Works in Believers’ Lives Today
Timothy Lin, Ph.D.

Member of the Translation Committee of the NASB

Foreword by Eugene Merrill, Distinguished Professor of Old Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary

This book has three principle divisions, Baptism of the Holy Spirit, the Filling of the Holy Spirit, and the Fullness of the Holy Spirit. There are 24 complete sections within these chapters and the conclusion and appendix.




What Baptism with the Holy Spirit Really Is

A. The Meaning of the Word “Baptism.” 6

B. The Historical Development of Baptism with the Spirit. 7

C. The Differences Between “Baptism with the Spirit” and “Filled with the Spirit.” 11


The Power of God Available for Effective Ministry and Life

A. The Importance of Spirit-filling. 14

B. Some Misunderstandings Concerning Spirit-filling. 18

C. The Purpose of Being Filled with the Holy Spirit. 21

D. The Conditions for Being Filled with the Spirit. 27

E. God Commands Us to “Be Filled with the Spirit.” 33

F. More Help Concerning the Filling of the Holy Spirit 36


God’s Life Producing Daily the Fruit of the Holy Spirit in Our Lives 43

A. The Distinction Between the Gifts of the Spirit and the Fruit of the Spirit. 44

B. Obtaining the Fullness of the Holy Spirit. 46

Conclusion 55

Appendix—How Our God-given Conscience Enables Us to Know and Obey God’s Will for Us 56

The Working of Conscience 57

The Need to Listen to Conscience 58

Deadening the Voice of Conscience 59

The Unbeliever’s Conscience 62

Repentance, Conscience and Spiritual Understanding 64



Made available by Biblical Studies Ministries International, Inc. 2

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Biblical Studies Ministries International, Inc.

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Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, © Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977. Used by permission.

The Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.

The Scripture references marked retranslated are the author’s own translations.

For emphasis some words or phrases in certain quotations have been made bolder than ordinary.

Other translations of this book:



Revised edition, October, 2002

Other books by Dr. Lin

Genesis A Biblical Theology

The Kingdom and What It Means to the Life of the Believer

The Secret of Church Growth


EUGENE H. MERRILL: “In this delightful treatise Dr. Lin makes a powerful argument for the reality of the presence of the Holy Spirit in the lives of modern believers and the need for them to be open to what He would do in and through them. He clearly articulates the differences among baptism, filling and fullness of the Spirit and shows how each is essential to the Christian who would enjoy a life of victory and effectiveness.”

Eugene Merrill, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

LESLIE M. FRAZIER: “This book is characterized by thoroughness, clarity and simplicity. Dr. Lin, with his language expertise, spiritual insight and many years of experience in Christian ministry, has given the Christian public a very useful tool to understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life. The baptism, filling and fullness of the Holy Spirit are clearly presented. The filling and fullness of the Holy Spirit are so necessary to accomplish the Great Commission. May the Lord give this book a wide reading.”

Leslie Frazier, Ph.D., is Far East Director, Baptist International Missions, Inc.

EUGENE KIMBLE: In his preface to the Chinese edition, Dr. Lin wrote, “May the Lord give mercy through this book so that on the eve of His return…it [may] supplement the weaknesses and delete the excessive in the understanding of the Holy Spirit. As a result we can all walk the straight and narrow and do what is right in the sight of the Lord, so that we shall be blameless in the Day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Further, may it shore up that which is weak in the church identified by Warren Wiersbe when he said, “An evil idea is abroad in the land that spiritual life is not important to spiritual leadership. So long as the leader projects a ‘successful image’ and manifests ‘dynamic,’ he will be successful. Holiness of life, spiritual growth, and obedience to the Word of God have been replaced by promotion, public relations, and obedience to the latest conclusion of the Madison Avenue geniuses,” Living with the Giants (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1993), 237-238.

Eugene Kimble, Ph.D., is one of several pastor/elders at College Park Church, Indianapolis. Dr. Lin asked him to edit and rewrite this and several other of his works for the English-speaking Church. 4

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