This is a matter I have spent a great deal of time pondering over and have finally reached my own conclusion. It is that we can have a partial filling of the Holy Spirit and at times we can have the fullness of the Holy Spirit. This has bearing on whether we go in the pre-tribulation rapture, or have to wait until we die or go in what I believe will be a second rapture that is pre-wrath. I know that isn’t everyone’s belief, but please allow me to explain why I believe what I do.
In the parable of the 10 virgins, Jesus relates the following… “6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;[a] go out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’
In Mark 5 we read…”29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”
From these as in a few other select passages, I perceive that the Holy Spirit can flow like water, or perhaps like oil. A Christian will always have the Holy Spirit denoting salvation, but might not always have the fullness of the Spirit. Sin can diminish our ability to be filled with the Spirit though it cannot negate our salvation.
My thought is that if we really and truly want to leave when the Lord says “Come up here!” in the pre-trib rapture, then we need to be filled up with the Holy Spirit. I know this is contrary to what many have been taught. But let me be plain. The bride simply can’t expect to be caught up if there Spirit offending sin in her life. The rapture and salvation are two different things.
Compare the parable of the 10 virgins to this passage in Luke…
35 "Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night.
The passage in Luke refers to the Master returning FROM a wedding feast!
Did you notice that in the parable of the “virgins/brides” that the bridegroom comes at midnight? Now look at a different scripture. Luke 12:38 says... “And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.”
Let me throw in one more example illustrating how at times we can be partially filled with the Spirit and at other times be fully filled. Look at Samson. At times he was only strong in the natural sense and at other times the Holy Spirit came upon him giving him supernatural strength.
I hope I’ve presented this in a way that makes some sense. We DO need to be watchful and ready. Being ready implies that we are filled up with His Spirit. The lukewarm Christian who sins as much as they want and thinks they can have a free ride on the rapture train had better reexamine their life.
Just my thoughts.