Spirit-Filled Living (Ephesians 5:18-21) John MacArthur
Well as we have been very deeply entrenched in the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the eighth chapter of Romans, it occurred to me that we have been talking an awful lot about the work that the Holy Spirit does in us and we really haven’t said anything about our part of it, our responsibility. And so I thought for tonight I would direct your attention to the fifth chapter of Ephesians and verse 18…Ephesians chapter 5 and verse 18, it reads, “Do not get drunk with wine for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit…be filled with the Spirit.”
Those of you who have been believers for a long period of time can remember when this was a main topic in the life of the church. Speakers spoke about it, preachers talked about it, Bible Study leaders addressed it, books were written about it, but that seems to be in the far-distant past. You very seldom hear any really careful teaching on the filling of the Holy Spirit definitively and faithfully, representing what Scripture intends to communicate.
And again I think that’s partly because the Charismatics have redefined this concept, redefined these terms, redefined the ministry of the Holy Spirit and good people shy away from the truth because it exposes their error in many cases. That is not a reason to do that, it’s all the more reason to be clear about the truth of what Scripture teaches.
So let me read for the text from verse 18 down to verse 21 and we’ll talk about that a little bit tonight. Ephesians 5:18, “And do not get drunk with wine for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ....