Be Filled with the Spirit

Text: Ephesians 5:18

This is a Command

  • Therefore, this does not mean that God miraculously fills us with the Spirit — we can obey this command
  • How do we become filled with the Spirit? … By letting the word of Christ richly dwell within us (compare Ephesians 5:18-6:9 with Colossians 3:16-4:1)
  • What is this verse telling us to do? … Be filled with God’s word (cf. Hebrews 8:10) and act according to the teachings of the word (cf. James 1:22; Galatians 5:16-25)

Completeness

  • The word revealed by the Spirit gives us all we need to be faithful to God (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • As the Spirit equips us, we must be busy doing “every good work” (Matthew 28:20)

Purity

  • We must not allow the teachings of the Spirit to become diluted or mixed with anything else
  • If we are to be filled with the Spirit, we must be filled with the truth, leaving no room for error (Galatians 1:6-7)

Contentment

  • We must fight any urge to look for something “more”
  • Paul acknowledged that there were some who were not content with the word (1 Corinthians 1:22), but he simply preached the word (1 Corinthians 1:23) — Why? … That’s what the Spirit revealed (1 Corinthians 2:10,12)
  • God has told us all we need to know (Deuteronomy 29:29)

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