The Spirit-Filled Life in the Gospel of Luke

Luke chapter one is a remarkable passage. The Holy Spirit is the main character, moving and acting in incredible ways, and that after 400 years of silence from God! This got me thinking: what does the book of Luke teach us about the Spirit, and about those who are filled with him?

The Spirit is mentioned some 17 times in Luke’s Gospel. Here’s an over view of what we can learn about him:


What the Holy Spirit does:

Teaches what to say

“…do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” Luke 12:11–12

Fills, comes upon

“And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. . .” Luke 1:41b, plus 1:15, 1:35, 1:67, 2:25, 3:22, and 4:1


“And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.” Luke 2:26

Anoints to proclaim

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18–19

What those filled with the Holy Spirit do:

Exclaim & proclaim

“And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!’” Luke 1:41–42, plus 4:18–19


“And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, ‘Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people,’” Luke 1:67–68


“In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.” Luke 10:21

Wait on God

“Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.” Luke 2:25


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