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THE FILLING OF THE SPIRIT
Look with me, would you, at Ephesians 5:18-21.
These words tell us of a command to be obeyed, a
control to be experienced and a community to be part of.
There is a command to be obeyed. God's word is here
asserting the filling of the Holy Spirit is nit a privilege
of the few but the duty of every Christian. "Be not drunk
with wine but be filled with the Spirit."
How do you obey that? The answer is partly found in
the context of the command.
A person gets drunk by doing something. He drinks
what ever will make him drunk. That's why we booze battlers
are against expanded outlets for alcohol and increased op-
portunities to drink. It has been scientifically, categori-
cally demonstrated that there is no way you can become an
alcoholic if you don't drink alcohol.
We become filled by drinking, too. In John 7:37 we
are told that Jesus stood up in a great crowd of people and
said: "If anyone is thirsty let him come to Me and drink..."
Remember how in the Sermon on the Mount, that magna
charta of the kingdom of God, Jesus said, "Blessed are those
who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall
The difference between being baptized with the Holy
Spirit and being filled with the Holy Spirit needs explanation
Every Christian, every believer, has been baptized with
the Holy Spirit. When we ask Christ to come into our hearts
we are baptized with the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1 tells us
that the Holy Spirit comes and "seals us", marks us as be-
longing to God forever.
Paul wrote a letter to some very worldly, divided and
proud Christians at Corinth. In I Corinthians 12:13 He said
that the Corinthians had all been baptized with the Holy
Spirit. He also states in Chapter 1:4-7 that they had been
equipped with spiritual gifts yet they were very unspiritual
people because when Paul wrote that letter they were not filled
with the Holy Spirit.
Being baptized of the Hol ...
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