This article is based on a talk by Kaare J. Smith on October 21, 2019. And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. 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. Once again this aspect of the Spirit-filled life reflects and draws together a principle found in many other places in Scripture. Genesis 9:21. So when you present yourself to be obedient to that, then the Spirit comes to you! But Ephesians 5:18 is in the passive voice. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is wickedness (corruption, stupidity), but be filled with the [Holy] Spirit and constantly guided by Him. Have you ever wondered what it means for you to present your own body as a living sacrifice? He works in you, both to will and to do. So Ill start with my conclusions and then give the biblical support. But the Spirit creates life! The apostle Paul commands in Ephesians 5:18 that we be filled with the Spirit. 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. Instead they are filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. Because we are still infected with sin, it is impossible to be filled with the Spirit … If you’re not filled with the Holy Spirit, then you can’t manage to stand against the spirit of the times. Ephesians 5:18. And a spirit consists of thoughts, so the Holy Spirit gives you new thoughts! Since I cannot overcome sin without the help of the Holy Spirit, it is very important how I respond when He speaks to me. Here the Holy Spirit is seen as a river. God really wanted to show people that this was the beginning of a new era. Why do I need Him? This is true in all dispensations. Rather, it is a relationship with the Triune God through His indwelling Spirit. a) Filling of the Holy Spirit is a moment by moment relationship, that may be hindered He doesn’t say, “Fill yourself with the Spirit” but rather “Be filled with the Spirit.” This is the key to everything. 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 … Specific flaws such as sexual immorality, crude speech, and wasting of time are discouraged. 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. So even though He was on the earth, He still belonged to heaven. Then you receive the power of the Spirit! •• Various Greek scholars and bible commentators point out that the Greek present imperative tense is used in this verse. 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. Used by permission. (Romans 8:3) It was the Father who gave Him light. 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. A river produces power. All light comes from God. We've made a monolithic experience of the Holy Spirit. It consumes and destroys so that everything that belongs to an earthly life becomes just like some burnt out ruins. You get a connection with the living God! Because their whole life, their very existence, is drawn to the earth. It takes a heavenly fire to counter that. The effect in verse 19 is very musical. 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. Temptation to sin flares up like a fire. All rights reserved. And that’s the power of the Holy Spirit. Have you experienced the incredible power that comes when you are filled with the Spirit? You’ll find five instances recorded in Acts of early believers being filled with the Spirit, and the evidence was they spoke in tongues. Ephesians 5: 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Rather, Paul's admonition entails the normative Christian experience of life and fellowship within the body of Christ, the church. “Being Filled With The Spirit” – Ephesians 5:18-20 1) The verb here “to be filled” has several connotations. 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. And … You can speak to one another with songs of praise, as it’s written further on. The "being brought to completion in the Spirit" is none other than being filled with the fullness of God (cf. Because it’s written that He gives His Spirit to those who obey Him. Ephesians 5:18 Context. Then we’ll be able to rule and reign together with Jesus Christ in eternity! Then you’re drawn to the world, and Satan gains power over your life. “Be filled” is ‘plerousthe’ in the Greek language. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. He lived His life in the will of the Father and He offered Himself in the power of an eternal Spirit. Rather than imitating the world, or being controlled by worldly things, Christians are to be filled with the Spirit. 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.” 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. Finally someone shows him the ignition! Ephesians 3:14-19). He wants to give us glorified bodies. I had a letter this week from my friend Baruch Maoz in Israel. Besides this there is another wrong concept of the Holy Spirit's filling that claims that Ephesians … And there is laughter and rejoicing in your heart. The clause ἀλλὰ πληροῦσθε ἐν πνεύματι in Eph. As light we expose the darkness making the law of Christ visible to the world. EPHESIANS 5.18-21. It was the Father who led Him the whole way and condemned sin in His flesh. 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