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Ephesians, Chapter Five, Lesson One

THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 1            Page 2

The Spirit Filled Life

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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 to be:

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 to Paul?

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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