Christ Walk, Our Example
Friday, May 15th, 2015
Christ’s whole life was lived in dependence upon the Father Who worked in Him by the Spirit. He related every circumstances He faced to the Father’s ability to handle it through His humanity. He could have handled any one of them in His own divine strength but for the sake of the example He wanted to leave us, He didn’t.
John said of Jesus, “the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as Jesus walked.” 1 John 2:6 Jesus Christ walked with His focus on the Father and the Father worked through Him by the indwelling Holy Spirit. We are to walk with our focus on Jesus and He will work through us by the same Holy Spirit Who indwells in us. This pattern of living is called ‘the filling of the Spirit’ in Eph 5:18, where it says, “and do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation but be filled with the Spirit.”
The command to every Christian, “be filled with the Spirit” is a verb tense in the original Greek which means to be continually filled with the Spirit. It is to be a moment by moment experience in the life of a true believer in the Gospel of the water and Spirit. Many people have the idea that being filled with the Spirit is like screwing the lid off one’s head and pouring Holy Spirit in until one is full. This is not what it means. You don’t get more of Him, He gets more of you.
What exactly does it mean, then, to be filled with the Spirit? Paul uses a good illustration in Eph 5:18 when he compares the filling of the Spirit with the experience of being drunk. When you are drunk, it means that another force has taken over your mind and dominates your personality. You have voluntarily yielded control of your life through the stimulant alcohol. When Paul commands all Christians to be filled with the Spirit, he means to voluntarily yield control of one self to another person, the Holy Spirit.
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