Ephesians 5:18c “be filled by the Spirit” HCSB, CSB

The indwelling Spirit can fill the Disciple with this content; teaching me the Word in an understanding way to know more and more of the love and glory of Jesus, B  guidance, C bringing Jesus glory by telling me whatever He receives from Jesus, D the fruit of the Spirit- “love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control”strength, G the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with unspoken groaningsconviction of sin, and the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by GodII

Be filled by the Spirit all the time. 

Notes: A- not used; B- John 14:26; C- John 16:13,  D- John 16:14; E- not used; F- Galatians 5:22-23b; G- Ephesians 3:16; H- Romans 8:26; I- John 16:13b “He will guide you into all truth” I believe this includes convicting the believer of the truth of their sin. II- 1 Corinthians 2:12.

J- My pastor Dr. Heath Lambert believes that the phrase should be translated “be filled by the Spirit” for 3 reasons. [1] There is no reason in grammar or translation to interpret the verse as “be filled with the Spirit” where the Spirit is the content of the filling. [2] It seems odd that Paul calls for more and more Spirit fillings, given that the Disciple is filled with the Spirit at salvation, and [3] this is the only place in scripture we are told we need more fillings of the Spirit. It is not impossible for a theology to be based on one scripture, but it would be unusual when there is another more simple way to interpret the passage. From “A Theology of Biblical Counseling” by Dr. Heath Lambert. Pages 169-171.  To order click here.

The other option is Ephesians 5:18c “be filled with the Spirit” NASB, NIV, NLT & ESV. The content of the filling is the Spirit in these and other translations.

I have often studied and meditated as to the meaning of the last phrase in Ephesians 5:18 “be filled with the Spirit”. The Bible clearly teaches the Disciple receives the Holy Spirit when saved, so why do we need further filling. The explanation has been at salvation we are indwelled by the Holy Spirit but need a daily filling or to be controlled by the Spirit. I could never quite understand how I could be controlled by the Holy Spirit and yet have a free will.

Henry Luke 4/9/2018 revised 6/26/2018

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