In both cases the true Christian is still baptized and indwelt by the Spirit, but they are not “filled” with Him. Its origin is probably from the chatter of children first learning to talk and it is used to describe birds chirping. Because this is not something that happens just once, then “being filled with the Spirit” cannot be either the baptism of the Spirit or the sealing of the spirit. 1) The verb here “to be filled” has several connotations. This principle is true when we come to the New Testament, bles… 3) Thanksgiving is the mark of maturity. Believers lives are to be marked by this. 8) Our music is to be expressed to one another, in private and always to the Lord. They even understand that trouble and trials bring about even greater maturity so they are thankful even for the negative aspects of life. Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess. 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. We must continually be filled with His power. When Paul was “filled with the Spirit” he received his sight back (Acts 9:17). Verse 20 states: Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 1) Thanksgiving is the mark of salvation. It has been part of the church from its foundation and it will be part of our activities in heaven where we will join in the chorus of praise singing the song of the Lamb (Rev. And be not intoxicated with wine, wherein is dissoluteness. And then you live according to your new nature as a believer. Worship of course is more than merely giving of thanks, but the thankful heart is one that is ready to also give praise and glory to God. To resist the filling of the Spirit is to be in blatant disobedience and to minimize its importance is to in rebellion against the clear teaching of the Scriptures. Music is primarily a response of joy to salvation and all its ramifications. 3) Another connotation of being filled is that of permeation, like salt placed on meat to infiltrate it and thus preserve it and flavor it. A genuine Christian is a radically changed creature. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. 1:19 where Paul says the purpose prayer was “that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”. In, on, among. 6) Being filled with the Spirit is also not some stoical act of your will. Look at 1 Cor. Drunkenness comes from an unnatural craving for excitement, stimulated by unwholesome conditions of life, physical and mental. 4) Thanksgiving is the mark of worship. 31:2). Turn to Ephesians 5:18-20. 7) Melody comes from the word “psallo” – and means specifically “to pluck on a stringed instrument” especially a hand harp, which if you wanted to get technical, the closest instrument we have to that now would be a guitar, but is used for a wide range of instruments. Joshua was “filled with the Spirit” and it was evidenced in his leadership and military abilities (Deut 34:9). We were dead in our trespasses and sin, slaves of Satan, but now we are alive in Jesus Christ and servants of righteousness. 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. None of these things can be faked for very long. From pleres; to make replete, i.e. A person may be very moved emotionally when they are filled with the spirit, but then again they may not. Paul wrote to the Ephesians. So, by faith, you can receive the power and fresh It is not an option for the Christian. This means that it is not a one time event in the life of a Christian. The clause ἀλλὰ πληροῦσθε ἐν πνεύματι in Eph. That is why Psalm say seven different times to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” Certainly there is also the aspect of the trained musicians that make beautiful sounds unto the Lord as is detailed in the temple worship, but God’s primary interest is the heart of the person singing for the song is to be a response of a person filled with the Spirit. A thankful heart cannot exist apart from the working of the Spirit in the life of the individual. It basically means to make a sound. You cannot get just part of a person. to cram, level up, or to furnish, satisfy, execute, finish, verify, etc. The kind of thankfulness he talks about in this verse can only be exhibited in a life that is filled with the Spirit. Therefore, I want to try to answer two questions today: What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit? Jesus said that they would be “baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now,” and then some ten days later on the day of Pentecost, Acts 2:4 says, “And they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving the utterance.” I have always found it curious that those in the charismatic movement claim this as the foundation for speaking in ecstatic “unknown tongues,” yet the “unknown tongues” turn out to be languages known to those present, but not to the speakers, for the languages spoken are listed in verses 9-11. When I think about things I can do for other people to bless or help them, I always sense God’s power and enthusiasm (see Acts 10:38). There are no exceptions to this, and it occurs only once at salvation. Ephesians 5:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ephesians 5:18, NIV: "Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.Instead, be filled with the Spirit," Ephesians 5:18, ESV: "And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit," Ephesians 5:18, KJV: "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;" To be filled with the Spirit is to be under the His control. When we sin, we should immediately confess it to God and renew our … Again, the verb voice here is passive. In Ephesians 5:18, in the Greek verb tense that Paul uses, it would be literally translated, “be being continually filled with the Holy Spirit.” That is a very ongoing operation. We are indwelt by the Holy Spirit at the time of our salvation but we are filled by Him when we submit to Him. contrariwise. Eph. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). To be filled by the spirit is to be influenced by Him so that you are no longer in control. At the same time, some Greek scholars, as noted above, say that the "be filled" in Ephesians 5:18 has the continuous sense of "go on being filled" with the Holy Spirit. In view of all that God has done for us in bringing us to salvation in Jesus Christ, there are implications to how we should daily live. Any sound offered to God from a spirit filled heart. I don’t send over just my mouth by itself. I think it might help you follow me if I tell you at the outset where I am going. Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.” If you do not have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you, then you are not saved. Both texts are followed by joyful singing, thankfulness to God, and instructions about wives and husbands, … Passage: Ephesians 5:15-20 Service Type: Sunday Bible Text: Ephesians 5:15-20 | Speaker: Dave Bitcheno | This week Dave Bitcheno speaks about the power of the Holy Spirit and not only being filled but CONTINUALLY filled with the Holy Spirit. Giving thanks for all things is a demonstration that a person has come to humility and is poor in spirit, and that they in reality deserve nothing, and so they see everything they have received as coming by God’s grace. You may sing well, you may sing poorly, but God wants you to sing. That happens only once and it is the pledge of God’s promises to you. Let me provide a little background for you, however. 2016 "Be Continually Filled With The Holy Spirit" Ephesian 5:14-21 By Pastor Ray Sleiman Ephesians 5:14-21 (ESV) 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Because we are still infected with sin, it is impossible to be filled with the Spirit all of the time. 5) The evidence of being filled with the Spirit is having the fruit of the Spirit. Negatively, a believer in Christ can "quench" or "grieve" the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19; Ephesians 4:30). The effect in verse 19 is very musical. They are therefore thankful for all that He does. 5:21). Our opening verse in the original Greek rendering is expressed in present continuous language. 1:13,14 that were sealed with the spirit at salvation. It is possible to quench the Spirit and grieve the Spirit through our sin. Our lives should be marked by the evidence of His presence within us. Verse 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; Music holds an important place for the Christian, because it is the response of the heart over the joy of salvation. We have already seen in Eph. The context here is in the midst of the sixth practical ramification that Paul has given in this book. 3) “Psalms” refer primarily to the Old Testament psalms put to music, but the term is also used of vocal music of any type. Genesis 19:32-35. To be filled with the Spirit, you pray for Him to do it – it certainly is in keeping with His will since He commands it. Many scholars believe that certain scripture passages such as Col. 1:12-16 were used in this manner. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”. For comments, please e-mail  Church office, Subscribe to Pastor Harris’ weekly Sermon Notes via email – Click Here, Grace Bible Church I pray your life will be marked by wisdom and you will be in submission to the Spirit, controlled by Him, filled with Him. The rest of the early Christians also spoke with such boldness when they were filled with the Spirit (4:31). Let the Word of God fill my mind. Those who are foolish allow themselves to be influenced and controlled by outside forces such as alcohol, drugs, etc., but those who are wise understand that genuine life exists only in God and so they want to live their lives to the fullest extent possible completely under His control. The Ephesians, I learned later, actually were a very spiritual group of believers, but it wasn't because they didn't speak in tongues, because they weren't filled with the Holy Spirit. To see this, let’s look at the verse phrase by phrase starting at the beginning. The filling of the Spirit and the Baptism of the Spirit are not the same, though a person is filled with the Spirit when they are baptized by Him. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc. Every believer is to be involved in this. 5:19). People may say, “Thank you” out of common courtesy or because they are genuinely moved by some special gift, but to be thankful in all things the individual must be filled by the Holy Spirit. 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. They can only be done as you live by faith. We need his filling every day. In the New Testament, Peter was “filled with the Spirit” and gave a powerful sermon to the religious leaders (Acts 4:8). (845)-298-8481, Loving the Brethren, Living Your Life, Behavior Toward Outsiders – 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12, God’s Will: Your Sanctification – 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, Extending Ministry – 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13. The final secret to the continual filling of the Holy Spirit is persisting in the … In our passage this morning, Paul continues on this general theme of walking in a manner worthy of our calling in Jesus Christ by living in wisdom and not foolishness, and so Paul states here: 8 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; 21 and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. That is the only way you can take advantage of opportunities and know they are coming from God. We find it as a part of worship from early in Genesis (4:2) to the end of Revelation. This morning we come to another one of those texts that has often been ripped from its context and misinterpreted. Song of Solomon 7:9 And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak. • My lawn watering example is intended to capture the sense of both continually and continuously. Let me quickly put that idea to rest. 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. I am, exist. He is not content with warning us of its ruinous excess, or urging the strictness of stern self-restraint. And … Remember that we must always understand the context if we are going to interpret a passage correctly. How is it that we can be filled with the Spirit? This means, for you to be effective in your Christian walk and live the transcendent life in Christ to the full, you have to be continually filled with the Spirit—not just for one day—but always. Look over 1 Cor. Let me add here before I move onto the sealing of the spirit, that the filling of the spirit is not some “second blessing,” or spiritual “zap” from God that moves a person into some ecstatic state as some have claimed is evidenced by speaking in tongues or having visions. 2) Another sense is like the wind filling sails. | The Bible Panorama/The Holy Scriptures in Picture and Story/Internet Archive Book Images/Wikimedia Commons The phrase "filled with the Spirit" is loaded with unfortunate connotations, but it need not be, according to a scholar of early Judaism and Christian origins at a Pentecostal seminary. I think being filled with the Spirit means, basically, having great joy in God. 1 Peter 4:3,4 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: …, Psalm 63:3-5 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee…. The Ephesians were Spirit-filled believers and they spoke in tongues, just like the Corinthians did. 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). Only our obedience to God’s commands allows the Spirit freedom to work within us. Paul is “filled with the Spirit” again in Acts 13:9, and he rebuked Elymas the magician. The Israelites sang after their escape from Egypt. The Apostle Paul wrote, “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but … 2) Thanksgiving is the mark of wisdom. Ep). Verb - Present Imperative Middle or Passive - 2nd Person Plural. 4) Another meaning in being filled is being totally controlled, as in a person who is filled with some emotion and that controls them. To the artificial and degrading excitement of drunkenness St. Paul boldly opposes the divine enthusiasm of the Spirit, one form of which was scoffingly compared to it on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:13). The filling of the Holy Spirit, then, can vary in the life of each believer. What are the different elements of our music? 6) Singing simply means to sing with the voice. “Be not drunk with wine, but be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18) God wants you to embrace the power of the Holy Spirit, so you can walk in a more victorious, fruitful life as a Christ follower, and be a blessing to those who do not yet have knowledge of Jesus. One of the radical changes in our lives is this desire to have God in control of us. Left on our own we quickly become spiritually weak and return to self-centered ways of living. You will either be under the control of one or the other. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Genesis 9:21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. God desires songs offered in praise to Him from a heart filled with the Spirit and the quality of that sound is unimportant – organ, choir, guitar, drum, homemade flute – all can be equally pleasing to God. Some examples from the Old Testament: Bezalel was “filled with the Spirit” and its only evidence was his artistic abilities (Ex. The Ephesians, I learned later, actually were a very spiritual group of believers, but it wasn't because they didn't speak in tongues, because they weren't filled with the Holy Spirit. This is brought out clearly by the contrast Paul makes: “Do not be drunk with wine, but be filled with the spirit.”. 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