Ephesians 3:19 . . . that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Filled with all the fullness of God! Could anything be more exciting? Could anything be more fearful?
Years ago a Christian by the name of Augustine wrote these words – ‘Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee.’ To be filled with the fullness of God does not mean that all there is of God – is in me, but all that is in me – is of God.
Most Bible scholars agree that the fullness of God in the life of a believer comes through the work of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 tells us, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” There are several things that we need to note concerning the filling of the Holy Spirit.
It is an Imperative. A Greek Imperative means that it is a command. It is absolutely necessary in order to live the victorious Christian life!
It is in the Plural. To be filled with the Spirit is not something for the ‘super-saint’; it is also something for the ‘struggling saint.’ The Holy Spirit indwells every believer and therefore it is the will of God that He would fill every believer.
It is in the Present Tense. It is not enough to experience the fullness of the Spirit on Sunday. We need His control over our lives Monday through Saturday as well. The early disciples were said to be people- ‘full of the Holy Spirit.’ Holy Spirit filling was their lifestyle!
It is in the Passive Voice. To be in the passive voice means that the subject is passive in the process. We can’t fill ourselves. God must fill us. The question then is, “If we are to be passive in the process why then is it a command?’ The answer is very simple. For the Spirit to fill us we must yield the control of our life to Him. Some have said that the Holy Spirit is a gentleman. He waits for an invitation.
Here’s an illustration that will help us better understand. For centuries sailing ships ruled the world. They could travel from continent to continent and even sail around the world. Their power could be fierce and their power was free, but for a sailing ship to have any power it must first submit itself to the wind.
We are the ship. Our ‘will’ is the sail of our ship. To yield control of our life to the Holy Spirit means that we hoist our sail to the Wind of the Spirit. Rather than charting our own course, we yield ourselves to His will and power.
There is also something else that we should note. Every ship has a rudder. What is the rudder of the believer’s life? Many would say that it is the Spirit. The only problem is it is often very difficult to discern when the Spirit might be prompting us and when we are prompting ourselves. I believe that the Christian must consider the Word of God to be his rudder. We must keep in mind that the Spirit will never direct us to do something contrary to the Word.
“To be filled with the Spirit means to be carried along by the gracious pressure of the Holy Spirit.” Precept Ministries
At God’s Speed Brethren!