Chapter Five, Lesson One
THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 1 Page
The Spirit Filled Life
V. 1 ** Before we actually begin this verse, we need to be in
sync with Paul's thinking. What does he mean in V.18 when he instructs
us to "not get drunk with wine..but be filled with the Spirit"?
Paul is talking about influence or control - we are to avoid giving
the "control" of our life over to things like alcohol and
we are to completely surrender the control of our lives to God's Spirit.
The word translated "filled" is pleroo and connotes being
moved or controlled by something. cf.John 16:6 (sorrow), Luke 5:24-26
(fear), Luke 6:10-11 (rage)
** With that in mind, here in verse one, what does Paul want us to do
under the control of the Holy Spirit; which is synonymous with walking
in a manner worthy of our calling?
"Therefore, be imitators of God"!
** We know that when Paul uses the word "therefore" that he
is reflecting back on what he has just said. It is little wonder that
he would ask us to be imitators of God right after he has instructed us
Walking in Love - Ephesians 4:1-6
Walking in Grace - Ephesians 4:7-10
Walking in Unity - Ephesians 4:11-16
Walking in Light - Ephesians 4:17-20
Walking in Truth - Ephesians 4:21-24
Walking in Kindness - Ephesians 4:25-32
**If that is a description of our daily walk with the Lord, the Holy
Spirit is controlling our life. Who then will we resemble?
God - Himself! We need to show the characteristics of our God to those
around us. Because He is holy, we are to be holy. Because He is kind,
we are to be kind. Because He is forgiving, we are to be forgiving.
Because God in Christ humbled Himself, we are to be humble. Because
God is love, we should "walk in love".
** What qualifies us to be able to imitate our glorious God according
We are God's "beloved children". Children often imitate the
behavior and character of their earthly parents - both good and bad.
cf. 1John 3:1
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