April 30 2019
"Be filled with the Spirit...singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord." .... Ephesians 5:18
The word "Plerousthe" is the Greek word meaning "be being filled". This is the expression used in relation to the Holy Spirit here in this verse. "Allow yourselves to be continually made full." This describes, not a crisis as at Pentecost, but a condition we are to enjoy all of the time every minute of every day. It is not a matter of spiritual gifts and manifestations outwardly, but of the personal presence and activity of the Lord Jesus inwardly, living out His life in us in the person of His Holy Spirit. He is the "good oil" that guarantees the lamp shall burn on undimmed, long after the midnight hour if need be!
It is not just a private and individual thing; it is something we share with all other born again Christians everywhere. Paul speaks of making melody together in our hearts (spirit). Some of us may well find it easier to sing solos than to keep in time and harmony in a choir, or even in a duet! Yet the fullness of the Spirit is given to us with this very objective, that we shall all sing together a new song, before the throne of God, in complete harmony.
Today in the Church as the body of Christ, there is an absence of this type of praise. We see eons of "emotional worship" everywhere, without any genuine reality from the heart, yet the type of worship that God requires is from our heart, not from our head or from our emotional feelings. Many today confuse feelings as being the spirit of man but this is not so. The emotional feelings are located in the soul of man, not in his spirit. The new heart of the born again believer is located in the spirit and it is from here that all true worship must take place. Mary stated in Luke 1:46, "My soul doth magnify the Lord and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour" - proving that the emotions are a faculty of the soul to magnify the spirit, not to act apart from it as if to be the source of our praise. God requires us to worship Him in spirit and in truth, that is, we need to be real and truthful from our heart!