Week 3: Day 3
June 22, 2022, 8:00 AM

Experience, Expect and Engage the Holy Spirit
Week #3 - The SPIRIT of LIFE
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. (Romans 8:16)

DAY THREE
Full of the Spirit
Ephesians 5:15–20

 

I was privileged to study with one of the greatest New Testament scholars of our time, Gordon Fee. He was a Pentecostal and has written some of the most significant studies on the Holy Spirit in modern times. In his most massive contribution,  God’s Empowering  Presence:  The  Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul, he says Paul’s teaching “Be filled with the Spirit” is the single most important teaching in all of Paul’s writing.

Be filled is a striking verb in the Greek.

It is an imperative. That means it’s a command. We are told to be filled and we are responsible to be filled. It is also plural. It is addressed to the community, not to individuals. We are all together, to be filled.

It is a passive form of the verb. We allow ourselves to be filled and we avoid things that prevent filling (see the next two days of reflections). It is also a present tense verb. It is not a once-and-done filling. It is a daily filling. We are to go on being filled.

We received the Spirit at the time of our conversion. We were baptized in the Spirit at the time of our conversion. We were sealed in the Spirit at the time of our conversion.

But Spirit fullness comes and goes. Our longing, desire, and attentiveness can weaken. There are wrong things that drain and deplete fullness. That means that every day we, the people of God, ask for and receive daily fullness for mission, for transformation, for life.

Be filled with the Spirit. The rest of the passage gives insights as to what prevents fullness and what fullness looks like in the Christian community.


CONFESS: What depletes you? Why do you allow those things to deplete you? Ask God to forgive you and to help you on everything that works against Spirit fullness.


PRAY: Fill me right now, Holy Spirit. Fill me with your presence. Fill me with love and grace. Fill me with joy and hope. Fill me with power. Fill me with obedience. Fill me with _______ . (Listen to what the Spirit wants to fill you with.)

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