Ephesians 5: 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Fill your life with the Holy Spirit. To be filled with the Spirit is not a mechanical formula that you go through, where you “pull the Holy Spirit lever” and all the goodies come pouring out. God fills the vacuum created by the sudden exit of the teachers by giving the disciples the gift of joy, which is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal. We read the NT accounts of believers and feel that our faith is just not that exciting, why? He lived His life in the will of the Father and He offered Himself in the power of an eternal Spirit. You may be interested in reading more on our topic page about the Holy Spirit, or in the articles below: Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, unless otherwise specified. This article is based on a talk by Kaare J. Smith on October 21, 2019. Why is it that so many Christians feel there is something missing in their spiritual life? And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus … The Spirit of Jesus is heavenly. And the content that you get in your spirit will remain with you for all of eternity. Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father…. Then we’ll be able to rule and reign together with Jesus Christ in eternity! Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” Is our experience of the Holy Spirit any less urgent or less vivid today than it was in the days of the apostles? Rather than imitating the world, or being controlled by worldly things, Christians are to be filled with the Spirit. And that’s the power of the Holy Spirit. But the Spirit creates life! He loved His Father and His Father’s will. The clause ἀλλὰ πληροῦσθε ἐν πνεύματι in Eph. That's when we go down to the altar and someone lays hands on me, I speak in tongues, and then I'm in the club. •• Various Greek scholars and bible commentators point out that the Greek present imperative tense is used in this verse. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. Purchase or download Christian literature at Christian BookShop, the online bookstore for Hidden Treasures Foundation Publishers (HTFP)/Stiftelsen Skjulte Skatter Forlag (SSSF). And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; be not. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit. 5:21). Ephesians 5:18. Let’s look together at Ephesians 5:18-21. He wants to give us glorified bodies. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, Temptation to sin flares up like a fire. If you’re not filled with the Holy Spirit, then you can’t manage to stand against the spirit of the times. Being filled with the Holy Spirit, on the other hand, results in sobriety and edification. “Being Filled With The Spirit” – Ephesians 5:18-20 1) The verb here “to be filled” has several connotations. This is true in all dispensations. I think it might help you follow me if I tell you at the outset where I am going. We've made a monolithic experience of the Holy Spirit. But Ephesians 5:18 is in the passive voice. © bcc.media foundation, To be filled with the Spirit means that you have received the Holy Spirit, and are walking in and being obedient to the light He gives you, and are filled with power to live a life for God, partaking of spiritual gifts. He creates life in your spirit. Kistemaker, Acts, 498.] Used by permission. Then those who were in Jerusalem saw that people were speaking in other tongues, etc. He came to earth because of sin, in order to help us. Paul, in Ephesians 5: 18, says to be filled with the Spirit. Genesis 19:32-35. a) Filling of the Holy Spirit is a moment by moment relationship, that may be hindered And, how can we be filled with the Spirit? 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. So Ill start with my conclusions and then give the biblical support. Ephesians 5:19 simply tells us what being filled with the Holy Spirit is and, incidentally, as we’ll see, how to be filled with the Holy Spirit. You follow in your Bible as I read. (Romans 8:3) It was the Father who gave Him light. So how can you become filled with the Spirit? The third practical consequence of being filled with the Holy Spirit is mutual submission to other believers: "and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ" (Eph. What an incredibly fantastic calling we have when we seek God. This principle is true when we come to the New Testament, bles… The normal presentation of teaching in the New Testament is that once we are blessed by God in whatever way we are blessed there should be a corresponding walk. (Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Corinthians 15:42-44,49). And that’s why Paul says, “Be filled with the Spirit.” Because when you get the power of this Spirit within, then you’re able to live a heavenly life here on earth. I had a letter this week from my friend Baruch Maoz in Israel. Rather, it is a relationship with the Triune God through His indwelling Spirit. Ephesians 5:18...be filled with the Spirit. He doesn’t say, “Fill yourself with the Spirit” but rather “Be filled with the Spirit.” This is the key to everything. Clearly joy in Christ is the mark of being filled with the Spirit. Powered by Knownhost and the Genesis Framework. The nation of Israel, for example, was taken up by God and blessed in a special way, and God demanded of that nation a higher form of conduct that He expected from the Gentile nations, because they were not blessed in the same way as Israel was. Instead they are filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. Have you ever wondered what it means for you to present your own body as a living sacrifice? The presence of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of the believers is in itself indescribable joy.”[33. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 5:18b has been predominantly translated “but be filled with the Spirit” to convey that the Spirit is the content with which the audience is to be filled. The Ephesians are filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:6) Acts 19:8-10 Paul and Timothy make Ephesus their base for the next three years (53-56AD) (see Acts 20:31). “Be filled” is ‘plerousthe’ in the Greek language. Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. He is not a force or influence. It was the Father who led Him the whole way and condemned sin in His flesh. Terms of Use: Apart from personal use, reproduction or redistribution of material from the ActiveChristianity website for use elsewhere is not permitted without prior written permission. Your spirit begins to taste of the world; it tastes of earthly things rather than the things that are above. Genesis 9:21. Finally someone shows him the ignition! You’ll find five instances recorded in Acts of early believers being filled with the Spirit, and the evidence was they spoke in tongues. And there is laughter and rejoicing in your heart. We should never insult the Holy Spirit by treating Him as if He is not a person. There is a difference. The effect in verse 19 is very musical. John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. We need to be filled with the Holy Sprint. So when you present yourself to be obedient to that, then the Spirit comes to you! Light and glory. Because we are still infected with sin, it is impossible to be filled with the Spirit … He works in you, both to will and to do. “Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit”. Once again this aspect of the Spirit-filled life reflects and draws together a principle found in many other places in Scripture. The Holy Spirit should always be referred to as 'He' and not an 'It'. To be “be filled” means that the filling of the Spirit is a work of God, not man. All darkness comes from the devil. Here the Holy Spirit is seen as a river. God begins to build you up. Your email address will not be published. Instead of living a life of fighting and quarreling, and envy and jealousy, that kind of thing. Ephesians 3:14-19). Since I cannot overcome sin without the help of the Holy Spirit, it is very important how I respond when He speaks to me. It’s tense indicates a continuous command to keep being filled with the Holy Spirit. Some people in the days of Paul, and I’m told, even in some cultures today, believed that the spirit world could be entered through drunkenness. God really wanted to show people that this was the beginning of a new era. The apostle Paul commands in Ephesians 5:18 that we be filled with the Spirit. It consumes and destroys so that everything that belongs to an earthly life becomes just like some burnt out ruins. And that was the Spirit that He gave back to the disciples on the day of Pentecost. FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. Ephesians 5:18 Context. And the Spirit can also be described as “the Man with the light!” Light streams into your mind. Obey Him and you will be filled with the Spirit! Specific flaws such as sexual immorality, crude speech, and wasting of time are discouraged. Because their whole life, their very existence, is drawn to the earth. And a spirit consists of thoughts, so the Holy Spirit gives you new thoughts! Ephesians 3:16-20. We who once lived in all kinds of different sins and were sinners right from the beginning, we receive a new life through the Spirit. With that light you become happy and content and satisfied. Who is the Holy Spirit? And … God’s Spirit dwells in Jesus’ commandments and the laws of the Spirit of life; in everything that He has said – in the Word. You can speak to one another with songs of praise, as it’s written further on. All rights reserved. There is the idea of fullness; as in a glass being filled to... 2) Another sense is like the wind filling sails. An important portion of Scripture that refers to the filling of the Holy Spirit is Ephesians 5:17-21: Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Then you’re drawn to the world, and Satan gains power over your life. Ephesians 5:1–21 continues Paul's invaluable instructions on how Christians should live out their faith. And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. We are filled with the Spirit so God can flow through us like a powerful river to impact others. Many people who do not really know God nor fully understand the scriptures, try to live out of their own strength and power. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. 5:22). So even though He was on the earth, He still belonged to heaven. Then you become a work of God. It’s the heavenly power that opposes everything that comes from the flesh. Besides this there is another wrong concept of the Holy Spirit's filling that claims that Ephesians … There are several places in the Bible where the “filling” of the Spirit is mentioned (e.g., Acts 4:8, 31; Acts 13:52), but the classic New Testament verse is Ephesians 5:18 (ESV): “ And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” They stay in the home of Aquila and Pricilla where the church in Ephesus meets (see 1 Corinthians 16:19). Being filled with too much alcohol leads to drunkenness and destruction. It has the connotation of a continuous replenishment, an ongoing state of being filled. Ephesians 5:18 “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is wickedness (corruption, stupidity), but be filled with the [Holy] Spirit and constantly guided by Him. Exodus 31: 1 Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God… We tend to have a distorted view of God and the Holy Spirit. Only our obedience to God’s commands allows the Spirit freedom to work within us. The "being brought to completion in the Spirit" is none other than being filled with the fullness of God (cf. I think being filled with the Spirit means, basically, having great joy in God. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Then you receive a tremendous help in life. A river produces power. Because it’s written that He gives His Spirit to those who obey Him. You get a connection with the living God! EPHESIANS 5.18-21. This is not ‘our’ power, but it’s the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. Rather, Paul's admonition entails the normative Christian experience of life and fellowship within the body of Christ, the church. And some from other denominations have made it monolithic in a different way, saying that you got the Holy Spirit when you got saved and that's … Why do I need Him? “You are light in the Lord” (Ephesians 5:8). We previously learned from Ephesians 5:18 what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit and how to be filled. As light we expose the darkness making the law of Christ visible to the world. (Philippians 2:13) And the new life that emerges, that’s an eternal life. When the apostle exhorts us to be filled with the Spirit in Ephesians 5:18, he is not teaching that those in Christ get a measure of the Holy Spirit that comes and goes at will. The word “filled” here, and in Acts 2:4, means “to be influenced by.” The RYRIE STUDY BIBLE notes concerning Ephesians 5:18 say: “…Paul has taught in this epistle that all believers are sealed with the Holy Spirit when they believe (Ephesians … Ephesians 5:18 commands that we be filled with the Spirit; however, it is not praying for the filling of the Holy Spirit that accomplishes the filling. In Ephesians 5:18 it’s written: “… be filled with the SpiritTo be filled with the Spirit means that you have received the Holy Spirit, and are walking in and being obedient to the light He gives you, and are filled with power to live a life for God, partaking of spiritual gifts ... .” This is a simple and good exhortation. Ephesians 5:18. Therefore, I want to try to answer two questions today: What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit? God’s power is available to us because of his Holy Spirit in us. In Ephesians 5:18 it’s written: “… be filled with the Spirit To be filled with the Spirit means that you have received the Holy Spirit, and are walking in and being obedient to the light He gives you, and are filled with power to live a life for God, partaking of spiritual gifts... .” This is a simple and good exhortation. So the Spirit came with a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind. Let me provide a little background for you, however. These are the things that ordinary, earthly people live in. Eternal life! In the book of Acts, we find the Holy Spirit filling people and they become bold witnesses. It takes a heavenly fire to counter that. Stephen Olford said, we ought to be consciously filled, we ought to be continuously filled, we ought to be conspicuously filled with the Holy Spirit… All light comes from God. Last week, we began a section which starts in Ephesians 5:15. Ephesians 5:18 says, “Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” I argued Sunday morning that verses 19–21 describe the effects of being filled with the Spirit. Then you receive the power of the Spirit! But you can receive a new mind – a heavenly mind, with a new spirit! God wanted to manifest that this was a new time, with new opportunities and possibilities for people to partake of the same life that the Father had led His Son to. Have you experienced the incredible power that comes when you are filled with the Spirit? Sin is what hinders the filling of the Holy Spirit, and obedience to God is how the filling of the Spirit is maintained. ActiveChristianity® by Brunstad Christian Church aims to show how God’s word challenges and empowers followers of Jesus to live 100% according to God’s will, so we no longer need to fall in sin, but can come to a life of victory. 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