Thursday - Filled With The Spirit



Lesson Scriptures: Ephesians 5:8-21


Key Lesson Theme: “Filled With The Spirit”


Today's Lesson: Thursday, June 23


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Ephesians 5:19-21


19 speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music with your heart to the Lord,


20 giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,


21 submitting to one another in the fear of Christ.



Commentary


Life in the Spirit is characterized by joyful worship of the Lord. A key element in worship is musical expression. Thus, Paul referred to the importance of psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.


Another characteristic of the fullness of the Spirit is giving thanks, not just occasionally, but always, as an ongoing practice. A spirit-filled life will be a grateful life. The gratitude is for all things. Nothing was to be presumed upon, taken for granted, or even ignored. Thanksgiving is unto God. We are confirming our dependence on Him, which is another expression of being submissive before Him.


Being filled with the Spirit results in submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. The call to submit to others poses a great challenge to many people; it is so contrary to popular thinking, which generally equates submissiveness with weakness. The concept of submission is grounded in the fear of God. Thus, a submissive attitude comes from a desire to please God and to revere Him as the Almighty One.



What are some lasting truths from Ephesians 5:18-21?

  • Praises sung to the Lord are to glorify Him and edify others.

  • The relationship of believers to one another is to be marked by mutual submission that is grounded in fear and reverential awe of God.


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