Lesson Scriptures: Ephesians 5:8-21
Key Lesson Theme: “Filled With The Spirit”
Today's Lesson: Wednesday, June 22
15 Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk—not as unwise people but as wise—
16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil.
17 So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
18 And don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless living, but be filled by the Spirit:
Beginning with chapter 4, Paul addressed the practical expressions of what it meant to be a new person in Christ. He wanted his readers to understand that being a Christian was more than being theologically or doctrinally astute. It was a way of life, a radically different style of life from their former ways.
Do not live as fools, but as wise people who have a different view of the world around them. Living wisely, making the right choices, was critically necessary because the days are evil. The Christian, on the other hand, was to live wisely by redeeming the time.
Believers will face multiple choices for how to conduct themselves. They may be influenced by what is profitable, pleasurable, convenient, comfortable, or promises the greatest personal advantage or gain. However, for the believer, the ultimate standard for making a right choice is to know and understand what the Lord wishes. Anything less is foolishness.
To be filled with the Spirit means to come under the influence of, to be controlled by, to be subject to, or to be governed by the Holy Spirit. That we are filled with (by) the Spirit will be evident by our obedience, our cooperation with God’s will, and our determination to serve Him daily. We are to keep on being filled by the Spirit. Our spiritual lives, our relationship with the Lord, is dynamic. We can never come to the point of being so satisfied that we think we have become all there is to become.
What are some lasting truths from Ephesians 5:15-18?
Believers are to watch carefully how they live.
In evil times, believers need to seize the opportunities before them to serve the Lord by making right choices about the direction and character of their lives.
The ultimate standard for living wisely is knowing the will of the Lord and committing one’s self to it.
We can choose what or who will influence our conduct as believers: external influences of the world or the internal filling by the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit will lead us to know and act according to the will of the Lord.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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