Generally the shrewdest contrivers and executors of mischief are those who are not addicted to intemperance: and their very sobriety renders them the more able to do harm. Something being incumbent on us, in order to it. Sermon Ephesians 5:15-20 How To Live Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children's Sermons Hymn Lists By Dr. Mickey Anders Ephesians 5:15-20 Life has a way of changing for you when you are in a car accident that very nearly took your life. The attainableness of it.3. WHAT WE ARE TO UNDERSTAND BY BEING "FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT."1. The Scripture abounds in the most solemn warnings against this sin.9. And yet I cannot say that this sort of men are wholly free from drunkenness; for it is possible they may be drunk even with their sobriety, i.e., with the conceit of it; they may be intoxicated with pride and arrogance, or with spite and malice, or with a heady confidence of success in their evil enterprizes. Every new morning is a genial, delightful excitement. The spiritual capacities enlarge with time. The first evil of drunkenness is that injury which is done to the body by it.2. Men may effect those mischiefs by their abstaining from immoderate drinking, which they could never be able to do if they drank extravagantly. They may, as the prophet speaks, "stagger, but not with strong drink, and be drunken, but not with wine." For God hath so constituted the nature of man's body that he stands in need of drink as well as of meat.2. Both are habits. Birthdays and feasts are special indulgences and celebrations of the excitement of home life. It is from God, who is the author of all grace: "And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ " (2 Corinthians 5:18).2. They may, as the prophet speaks, "stagger, but not with strong drink, and be drunken, but not with wine." One is material, or bodily: the other mental, or spiritual; and the lesson before us is that one is temporary, imperfect; the other finally effective, being eternal. His relation to Christ obliges us (Romans 8:9; Galatians 4:6). The exhilaration which they covet can only be felt periodically, and again and again must they drain the wine cup to relieve themselves of despondency. There are higher pleasures men should be taken up with, namely, the joy of faith and a delight in holiness.2. If any have this power and Spirit of the Lord Jesus, it is the mere favour of God: if any want it, it is long of themselves.7. Whenever you see problems like these erupting among Christians in any fellowship or church and particularly in Christians who in better times had exhibited much evidence of their salvation, it is probably because they have lapsed in their responsibility to be filled with the Spirit. (1) If it be those that only profess Christianity, but are not yet really converted to God, they are in danger to be filled with a worse spirit, if not filled with the Spirit of God. That God doth it through Christ the Scripture also witnesseth: "Which He hath shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour" (Titus 3:6).3. We are in darkness, and need illumination, instruction, and direction; He is the Spirit of light, truth, wisdom. There is so little of the great work of the incarnate One, so little of realizing the strength of the covenant "ordered in all things and sure." John Piper Jul 28, 2019 2.4K Shares Sermon. Ephesians 5:18-21 THE EVIDENCES OF A SPIRIT FILLED LIFE Drop your burdens, forget your labours and sorrows, and soar above the dull plains of mortality, in a Divine exhilaration.(J. Let us read Romans 8:1 'There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.' 3. That you may cast off this abominable vice, and stifle your excessive delight in intemperate drinking, and in that mirth which attends it, sit down, and seriously think of the distresses and miseries which your brethren labour under, in one part or other of the world.6. First of all, let us look at Him as the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. Ah! And so we now have a complete picture of the process of sanctification. You shall be leaders in the world of thought, "you shall be as gods," you shall open men's eyes to the reality of things. To see everything in the light of God's countenance; to see everything in the light of a Saviour's fulness.(J. Family life is God's wine of fellowship all the year round. And the same amount of devotion will not fill them now as filled them a year ago. And in this mirth there is no dissoluteness; when we are filled with the Spirit, it is no corruptive joy, but perfective, such as strengtheneth the heart: "The joy of the Lord is your strength " (Nehemiah 8:10). Manton, D. D.)LinksEphesians 5:18 NIVEphesians 5:18 NLTEphesians 5:18 ESVEphesians 5:18 NASBEphesians 5:18 KJVEphesians 5:18 Bible AppsEphesians 5:18 ParallelEphesians 5:18 Biblia ParalelaEphesians 5:18 Chinese BibleEphesians 5:18 French BibleEphesians 5:18 German BibleEphesians 5:18 CommentariesBible Hub. I find in the eleventh chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, and the twenty-fourth verse, it is said of Barnabas, "he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost, and of faith." For God hath so constituted the nature of man's body that he stands in need of drink as well as of meat.2. They must be decoyed by facts, and the science of things patent to their senses. E. Beaumont, D. D.I. Here we reach the great transforming power in the world. The matters put in opposition to each other, which are both things and actions. Copyright © 2020 Life Bible-Presbyterian Church. 3. H. Evans, M. Let him therefore introduce into the blood vessels of his soul a counter-stimulant. To the inhabitants of those places where it grows, for part of their ordinary drink. Their understandings must be flattered. By "the Spirit, the Spirit of truth, of life, of grace, of might, of wisdom and revelation, of Father and the Son, we are baptized, often termed the Holy Spirit, the eternal Spirit" here, is meant that Divine Agent, in whose name, as well as in those of the holiness, the Comforter, the Spirit of God, of Christ. (2) For those that are regenerated, and have received the spirit of the gospel and not of the world, there needeth a further supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:19).3. For God hath so constituted the nature of man's body that he stands in need of drink as well as of meat.2. This is stated several times in the Scriptures, e.g. The spiritual capacities enlarge with time. There are several kinds of "material" relief which excite, deaden, regulate our bodily functions. Read with trembling (Isaiah 5:11).3. There are few vices out of which there is less hope of recovery — its haunts are so numerous, and its hold is so tremendous. But the Spirit fills Christians, and gives them all the elements of cheerfulness and peace — genuine elevation and mental freedom — superiority to all depressing influences, and refined and permanent enjoyment. You shall be leaders in the world of thought, "you shall be as gods," you shall open men's eyes to the reality of things. Consider that this vice is condemned even by those that are guilty of it. That this frame of heart is wrought in us by the Spirit or Holy Ghost that came down from heaven, is evident also in Scripture. Only in this fulness there is no excess: "Drink abundantly, O beloved" (Song of Solomon 5:1). But stagnation is all the more perilous because it is high. III. THE PROHIBITION. As wine is given to cure the infirm and fainting, so likewise to cheer and delight the sound and healthy. Of course, if they are so filled with the Spirit, they feel no appetite for debasing and material stimulants.(J. Those here addressed were the saints of God. Cato often lost his senses over his choice Falernian.(J. (1)Their sight is blinded (2 Corinthians 4:4). A drunkard is a spendthrift: the extravagant drinker is profuse and lavish.3. The husband is the leader of the family, but that does not make him a dictator. Drunkenness first sets the tongue a going, and then soon makes it run too fast.5. But let us look at the subject in another point of view. The intemperance of the tongue usually attends that of the brain. But Christians are "filled" with the Spirit, whose influences are not only powerful, but replete with satisfaction to the heart of man. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. They have come from a perception that the conscience has been defied, or perhaps they have grown from some seeds of distracting doubt, from some seemingly insoluble difficulties, social, intellectual, which makes him who feels them go mourning all the day long. And this affords the most obvious illustration of what the apostle here means to teach. The desirableness of being filled with the Spirit.2. The martyrs found an intensity of spirit quickening on the boundary between life on earth and life in heaven; not only proving that "death is abolished," but that all the joys of our earthly life are but poor shadows going before our eternal human delights. But what is it to be filled with the Spirit? As Ephesus was a commercial town and busy seaport, its wealth led to excessive luxury, and Bacchus was the rival of Diana. THE SOLEMN CAUTION. There are some who think that being filled with the Holy Spirit is to be filled merely with some kind of power or force. Eadie, D. D.)Drunkenness to be avoidedJohn Edwards, D. D.I. And these constantly present difficulties, complications, which baffle the prescriber of drugs. Drop your burdens, forget your labours and sorrows, and soar above the dull plains of mortality, in a Divine exhilaration.(J. Ephesians 5:18. Thus we shall be vessels of honour, sanctified and made meet for the Master's use.(Anon. Birthdays and feasts are special indulgences and celebrations of the excitement of home life. Of course, if they are so filled with the Spirit, they feel no appetite for debasing and material stimulants.(J. Generally the shrewdest contrivers and executors of mischief are those who are not addicted to intemperance: and their very sobriety renders them the more able to do harm. Lust and lewdness, whoredom and fornication, are the frequent attendants of extraordinary drinking. They cannot afford to indulge so costly a vice, but they only take these opportunities when they may have wine at others' charges.7. But his innermost and safe joy, his secure and trusted moods of exultation, come from the Spirit, the mysterious Spirit of God, which is our Father's special gift to us His children upon earth. In order to be "filled with the Spirit," we must yield ourselves to His influence — we must give ourselves up to the guiding of His agency. The surplus must be made up from earth. I know it requires much courage, and much firmness of purpose in many cases to refuse the inducements, and to give a denial to the temptation to indulge in excess in drink. There are those who defend their immoderate drinking, especially of wine, by the serviceableness of it, to exalt their parts, and to make them witty.6. "The Spirit" is our only safe inspiration. Every new morning is a genial, delightful excitement. The reasons why Christians are so strictly bound to be filled with the Spirit.1. There are mysterious risings and fallings of the mental barometer. WHAT WE ARE TO UNDERSTAND BY BEING "FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT."1. He does not put aside the flour of wheat because Christ is the true Bread. The martyrs found an intensity of spirit quickening on the boundary between life on earth and life in heaven; not only proving that "death is abolished," but that all the joys of our earthly life are but poor shadows going before our eternal human delights. Beneath the surface of beneficent science are sores and sorrows which have been caused by no grave offence against, or neglect of, the laws of health. Sermon Bible Commentary. None so fatherly as God; no gift so necessary as the Spirit.(T. (2) The gift of the Spirit more than compensates for the absence of the bodily presence of Christ.2. It is both excess in itself, and the cause and origin of many other excesses.1. The intemperance of the tongue usually attends that of the brain. A. The gospel worketh two ways —(1)Morally;(2)Powerfully.6. Birthdays and feasts are special indulgences and celebrations of the excitement of home life. The means how we come to be filled with the Spirit. Men are intoxicated with wine, and they attempt to "fill" themselves with it: but they cannot. That you may cast off this abominable vice, and stifle your excessive delight in intemperate drinking, and in that mirth which attends it, sit down, and seriously think of the distresses and miseries which your brethren labour under, in one part or other of the world.6. To check the temptation. You shall be leaders in the world of thought, "you shall be as gods," you shall open men's eyes to the reality of things. Wine, without doubt, was given us by our gracious Benefactor to delight the taste, and refresh the palate, especially when sorrow and trouble clog the mind, and begin to oppress and weigh it down. And these constantly present difficulties, complications, which baffle the prescriber of drugs. The best of saints need to be cautioned against the worst of sins. We are in darkness, and need illumination, instruction, and direction; He is the Spirit of light, truth, wisdom. By "the Spirit, the Spirit of truth, of life, of grace, of might, of wisdom and revelation, of Father and the Son, we are baptized, often termed the Holy Spirit, the eternal Spirit" here, is meant that Divine Agent, in whose name, as well as in those of the holiness, the Comforter, the Spirit of God, of Christ. Every new morning is a genial, delightful excitement. As drinking, so sobriety may be abused. Ephesians 5:18-19 New Living Translation (NLT). I conceive there is in the expression that which would imply the power of the Spirit to fill the soul of man. "The Spirit will fortify both your bewitching magnetic ether of spiritualism. That God doth it through Christ the Scripture also witnesseth: "Which He hath shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour" (Titus 3:6).3. (see also Leviticus 11:44, 19:2, 20:7) There are also a few other verses that emphasize God's sovereign will for us to be holy: 1 Thessalonians 4:7 'For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.' He must pray more, seek after godliness more, covet the best gifts more. We are the subjects of many influences which we cannot command. He does not refuse, nor affect to despise, the material adjuncts of this existence. That this frame of heart is wrought in us by the Spirit or Holy Ghost that came down from heaven, is evident also in Scripture. Drop your burdens, forget your labours and sorrows, and soar above the dull plains of mortality, in a Divine exhilaration.(J. Pulsford.The human mind cannot be void. They cannot afford to indulge so costly a vice, but they only take these opportunities when they may have wine at others' charges. 6. This ought to be the basis of all that is God's will - whether it is to care for your family, or to be a blessing to others of bear a good testimony - above all these is God's will for you to be holy. The knowledge of this is the support and recovery of man's life. There are mysterious risings and fallings of the mental barometer. Consider the dreadful woes that are denounced against this sin. Let him therefore introduce into the blood vessels of his soul a counter-stimulant. That which makes this sin is, first, the not restraining of our extravagant desire and appetite, which I mentioned before, and, secondly, the actual gratifying and satisfying of our desires. If any have this power and Spirit of the Lord Jesus, it is the mere favour of God: if any want it, it is long of themselves.7. They may, as the prophet speaks, "stagger, but not with strong drink, and be drunken, but not with wine." The things are "wine" and the "Spirit": the actions, being "drunk with wine," and "filled with the Spirit." To live wisely in evil days, you must live continually under the control of the Holy Spirit. Men may effect those mischiefs by their abstaining from immoderate drinking, which they could never be able to do if they drank extravagantly. The expression, "filled with," or by, "the Spirit," supposes there to be a sufficiency in the blessed Spirit, and His influences, to fill our souls, to supply all our wants, to satisfy our desires, and help our infirmities. This is the genuine meaning of this clause of the text.Now, in drunkenness there is excess not only formally, but causally (to speak in the language of the schools). His relation to Christ obliges us (Romans 8:9; Galatians 4:6). The reasons why Christians are so strictly bound to be filled with the Spirit.1. The seasons are an ever-changing round of excitement. St. Paul here contrasts two kinds of excitement. Or rather the expression is — "Seek to be filled in your understandings, in your memories, in your consciences, in your will, in your affections, seek to be 'filled with the Spirit.'" A. They say that it is for company and good fellowship's sake that they drink sometimes to immoderation.3. 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