In this third and final part of the blog series, Five Reasons Why You MUST Be Filled With the Holy Spirit, I want to look at two more reasons why every Christian MUST be filled with the Holy Spirit.
We have been looking at Ephesians 5:15-21. So far, we have seen that we must be filled with the Holy Spirit…
- because the days are evil (vv. 15-16)
- in order to understand the will of the Lord (v. 17)
- so that we are not controlled by sinful appetites (v. 18)
I want to continue today by looking at the next verse, Ephesians 5:19.
4. The fourth reason why the filling of the Holy Spirit is essential to the Christian life is so that we can properly worship God. Ephesians 5:19 states, “…speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord….” This verse is giving instructions for how we are to conduct corporate worship. It gives specific ways in which we are to worship God. Yet, the worship of God is more than just going through certain motions. The essentials of true worship were revealed by Jesus in John 4:23-24 – “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” Our worship is to be “to the Lord” in “spirit and truth.” Only those who have been regenerated by the Spirit of God through faith in Jesus, the Truth of God, can properly worship him in spirit and truth. Only as we are filled with the Holy Spirit can we speak and sing to one another from our hearts to the Lord.
5. Finally, you MUST be filled with the Holy Spirit in order to properly live in Christian fellowship. Ephesians 5:21 defines fellowship as “…submitting to one another in the fear of God.” In our culture of hyper-individualism this verse is extremely hard to accept and obey. Nevertheless, the Christian life is a life of selflessness. As this verse suggests, it is our submission to God – “the fear of God” – that drives our submission to one another. Perhaps Philippians 2:3-8 can help us better understand what it means to live selflessly toward one another out of submission to God:
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”
Jesus is our greatest example for what it means to “[submit] to one another in the fear of God.” He was selflessly obedient to his Father, “even the death of the cross”, so that he might “look out for… the interests of others”, even our salvation.
We cannot live the life of selfless fellowship that Jesus exemplifies for us, and that the Father requires of us, if we are not filled with the Holy Spirit! We are naturally sinful and self-focused. We do not naturally submit to one another. But, the Christian that is filled with the Holy Spirit has surrendered himself to the control of the Spirit and therefore lives for the interests of others by submitting to them in Christian fellowship.
The apostle Paul strongly urges us, “…be filled with the Spirit.” This is not a suggestion. It is not a nice add on if you want the premium version of Christianity. He is making clear by this statement that you MUST be filled with the Holy Spirit. The Christian life cannot be lived unless you are daily filled and directed by the Holy Spirit.
To read Part 1 of this three part series click here.
To read Part 2 of this three part series click here.
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All Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version.