There is, moreover, not only a calmer power, but a greater variety in the one Spirit of God, than in all the spirits which lead captive the human soul. Lust and lewdness, whoredom and fornication, are the frequent attendants of extraordinary drinking.7. Manton, D. D.I. To see everything in the light of God's countenance; to see everything in the light of a Saviour's fulness.(J. A sottish course of drinking injures the name and reputation, no less than the bodies and estates of men.4. III. 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. We are in want of consolation; He is the comforter. Their understandings must be flattered. 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. WHY THIS IS MADE A MATTER OF EXHORTATION TO US. We are the subjects of many influences which we cannot command. Ephesians 5:18-21 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. If you do not make this choice then you will end up living after the flesh.This same means of sanctification is also expressed in Galatians 5:16-18 'This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. The Bible shows us the struggles that many godly men had with sin even though they had attained a high degree of holiness: men like Noah, Moses, Elijah, David, the apostle Peter and here in Romans 7, the apostle Paul. And He hath given it for these three considerable purposes.1. Jesus prayed, 'Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth.' The seasons are an ever-changing round of excitement. (2) The gift of the Spirit more than compensates for the absence of the bodily presence of Christ.2. 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. Thus we shall be vessels of honour, sanctified and made meet for the Master's use.(Anon. A. Wine was given to cherish and refresh us when we are weak and languishing.3. (1) The gifts of the Spirit: "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 2:4). 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. This supposes, also, that we have a relish for the blessing.3. To check the temptation. Manton, D. D.I. III. God does not love the sort of languid and lazy being which nothing stirs, and nothing stimulates. His life on earth was truly holy as God is holy. Drop your burdens, forget your labours and sorrows, and soar above the dull plains of mortality, in a Divine exhilaration.(J. 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. We must make use of the appointed means.III. Plato boasts of the immense quantities of liquor which Socrates could swill uninjured; and the philosopher Xenocrates got a golden crown from Dionysius for swallowing a gallon at a draught. Scripture: Ephesians 5:18. Every new morning is a genial, delightful excitement. And He hath given it for these three considerable purposes.1. The gospel worketh two ways —(1)Morally;(2)Powerfully.6. The means how we come to be filled with the Spirit. Wrath and fury, slaughter and bloodshed, are the cursed fruits of drunkenness. We are in want of consolation; He is the comforter. None so fatherly as God; no gift so necessary as the Spirit.(T. Drummond. "Strong drink is raging," saith Solomon (Proverbs 20:21).6. Besides, I say, after all, it is not fashionable to be drunk: I say, after all, that although instances of intoxication are lamentably numerous, the instances of sobriety, thank God, are a vast deal more so. 6. 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, (2)It discourages devotion. Paul prays that God will give the Ephesian Christians a spirit of wisdom and revelation. The inconsistency of the one with the other; to be drunk with wine is inconsistent with being filled with the Spirit.1. "Strong drink is raging," saith Solomon (Proverbs 20:21).6. The verdant glory of the earth, the tranquil heavens, and the works of our divine poets and musicians, are excitements worthy of heaven. He uses the Word of God. So I read in the first of Ephesians, and the seventeenth verse. The tendency of the experienced Christian often is to relax devotional habits and live on a grace that is past. Here we reach the great transforming power in the world. there are some who are tempted to drunkenness constitutionally. They talk of God; there is something about their creed that is so Jewish; they speak so much more of God, than of God in Christ. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. (1)Their sight is blinded (2 Corinthians 4:4). Their understandings must be flattered. The sensual pleasure which men find in wine enticeth them to excess. He is no less than the Spirit of God, as our soul is the spirit of man (1 Corinthians 2:11). This is a vice which injures not only the bodies but the estates of men. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Neither be drunk with the soul spiritualism. It is good nature and friendship, they say, to sit and drink, even till they can drink no more. Look at the Apostle Peter before the day of Pentecost. 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). We do not give thanks for things we think we deserve – the human heart... 2) Thanksgiving is the mark of wisdom. 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. "The Spirit" is our only safe inspiration. (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. The verdant glory of the earth, the tranquil heavens, and the works of our divine poets and musicians, are excitements worthy of heaven. Who shall tell the trouble and the hindrances over which we want to be helped, or above which we want to be lifted by some kindly and exhilarating influence? Only in this fulness there is no excess: "Drink abundantly, O beloved" (Song of Solomon 5:1). 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, (2)with the graces of the Spirit. He has reached a high level and his religion has become, as it seems to him, self-acting. ... Ephesians 4:31-32. Besides, I say, after all, it is not fashionable to be drunk: I say, after all, that although instances of intoxication are lamentably numerous, the instances of sobriety, thank God, are a vast deal more so. (Ephesians 5:18) The fulness is in Jesus' but we must take it. (John Edwards, D. D.)Christians invited to partake of the Spirit freelyAnon.I. But man has troubles of mind as well as of body. Manton, D. D.I. Some others may say, 'I believe that God's will for my life is to bear a good testimony for Him that will bring souls to the saving knowledge of Christ.' ephesians 5:18-20. What a depth of sweetness, what serene gladness, what a variety of inspiration there must be in that One Spirit, whence all our innocent and noble excitements spring. "The Spirit will fortify both your bewitching magnetic ether of spiritualism. The gospel of our eternal hopes is the feast which crowns all; and the congregation in church, made up equally of friends and strangers, is a wonder of fellowship and a most pure joy of love. It is the juice of the true vine, the new wine of the kingdom of heaven. 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. And yet he is still conscious of his actions. They teach us that God has chosen us and appointed us who believe in Jesus, to be holy. A sottish course of drinking injures the name and reputation, no less than the bodies and estates of men.4. Thus we shall be vessels of honour, sanctified and made meet for the Master's use. "Strong drink is raging," saith Solomon (Proverbs 20:21).6. And it follows from the same principle that a Christian must apply more and more to spiritual sources as life goes on. There is another excuse made by some men, which, though it be not worth the answering, yet that I may remove all the pretences of drinking men, I will say something to it. To the inhabitants of those places where it grows, for part of their ordinary drink. The inconsistency of the one with the other; to be drunk with wine is inconsistent with being filled with the Spirit.1. He must pray more, seek after godliness more, covet the best gifts more. The dignity of His person should make us ambitious of such a guest, when He is willing to dwell with us. But observe, not His extraordinary gifts, which in no age are necessary to salvation, and were chiefly bestowed in the early ages, for the good of others, are here meant; but His ordinary influences, which are necessary to salvation (see vers. Of course, if they are so filled with the Spirit, they feel no appetite for debasing and material stimulants.(J. Let him intoxicate himself with love, and joy, and peace, the fruit, as it were, of the True Vine, and there will be no possibility of intrusion from lower sources, because no room will remain for them. )Not spirits, but "the SpiritJ. There is, moreover, not only a calmer power, but a greater variety in the one Spirit of God, than in all the spirits which lead captive the human soul. Their understandings must be flattered. Here we reach the great transforming power in the world. As wine is given to cure the infirm and fainting, so likewise to cheer and delight the sound and healthy. 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 FULNESS MUST BE RECEIVED. Those who teach this, compare this verse with Colossians 3:16 'Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.' The intemperance of the tongue usually attends that of the brain. Observe now, secondly, THE EXHORTATION, the encouraging exhortation: "be filled with the Spirit." But man has troubles of mind as well as of body. 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." Family life is God's wine of fellowship all the year round. Others defend their immoderate draughts after this manner; We are persons well bred, we cannot be so rude and unmannerly as to refuse our glass when it comes to our turn.4. They do not address the most important part of God's will for each and every child of His - His will is that all of us will be holy, like Him. (3)Their strength is weakened, that they cannot resist any temptation.(T. The knowledge of this is the support and recovery of man's life. In order to be "filled with the Spirit," you must be the subject of the same ardent desire which is expressed in many parts of Scripture.5. It should become our daily habit to yield ourselves to the Spirit's control. Men are intoxicated with wine, and they attempt to "fill" themselves with it: but they cannot. (2) To be filled with the graces of the Spirit. In the last place, I am to offer to you some proper means and helps whereby you may effectually extirpate this odious vice.They are such as these:1. I talk with some men, many of whom, I doubt not, are truly converted to God; yet Christ is in the background, I see so little of Him. But besides this, there are constitutional temptations. 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." The women of Ephesus as the priestesses of Bacchus danced round Mark Antony's chariot on his entrance into the city. It is not wrong to say that nothing good can be produced in the Christian's life, apart from the filling of the Holy Spirit.C. They that are filled by the one are acted by a contrary principle.2. One verse that shows how prayer is the means to be filled with the Spirit is Acts 4:31 'And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. Lust and lewdness, whoredom and fornication, are the frequent attendants of extraordinary drinking. 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). Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. WHY THIS IS MADE A MATTER OF EXHORTATION TO US. To the inhabitants of those places where it grows, for part of their ordinary drink. The clear revelation we have concerning His agency, beyond all which was given in former ages of the Church, lays us under strong obligations to desire to be filled with His influences. Fleshly baits are not the temptations by which superior men are caught. There is, moreover, not only a calmer power, but a greater variety in the one Spirit of God, than in all the spirits which lead captive the human soul. Every meal is a pleasurable excitement. And it follows from the same principle that a Christian must apply more and more to spiritual sources as life goes on. 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. THE PROHIBITION. VI. Excitement has its place in the Christian system. It imports our partaking of His influences and fruits in a large and plentiful manner; not indeed "without measure"; in this tense Christ only had the Spirit: nor so as to admit of no increase; thus we shall hardly have the Spirit in heaven. He has reached a high level and his religion has become, as it seems to him, self-acting. A sottish course of drinking injures the name and reputation, no less than the bodies and estates of men.4. Pulsford.The human mind cannot be void. It is the juice of the true vine, the new wine of the kingdom of heaven. (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. Hence, as we walk in the Spirit we receive power from Him to live changed lives, lives that are not controlled by sin and lust - such lives become a powerful witness that will draw men to salvation in Christ, when the Gospel is preached to them.This has actually been the personal experience of many believers. Not only were they to possess the Spirit, but they were to be filled with the Spirit, as vessels filled to overflowing, with the Holy Ghost. 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). A sottish course of drinking injures the name and reputation, no less than the bodies and estates of men. Copyright © 2020 Life Bible-Presbyterian Church. This contrary principle hath such an influence on them, that the Spirit of the gospel hath no place in them. Wine was given to cherish and refresh us when we are weak and languishing.3. Birthdays and feasts are special indulgences and celebrations of the excitement of home life. The gospel worketh two ways —(1)Morally;(2)Powerfully.6. It imports our partaking of His influences and fruits in a large and plentiful manner; not indeed "without measure"; in this tense Christ only had the Spirit: nor so as to admit of no increase; thus we shall hardly have the Spirit in heaven. Which brings me to the next thing observable, viz., the reason of the apostolical dehortation, expressed in those words, "wherein is excess": as much as to say, Re not drunk with wine, because there is a strange excess attends it. (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 not only perceives the necessity for wholesome gladness of heart in his disciples, but admits the encouragement of special moods or seasons of cheerfulness. That we may answer the great and rich preparations of grace which the infinite love of God hath made for us by the merit of Christ and the promises of the gospel.2. 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.' But besides this also, there are circumstances that oftentimes throw a man in danger here. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. There are higher pleasures men should be taken up with, namely, the joy of faith and a delight in holiness.2. They must be decoyed by facts, and the science of things patent to their senses. There is not a drunkard that breathes but at one time or other is cast by his own verdict, he passes sentence against himself.4. WHAT WE ARE TO UNDERSTAND BY BEING "FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT."1. Instead, v.19 shows us that there may be a spontaneous desire to praise and sing to the Lord. 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. Ephesians 5:18-21 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. The tendency of the experienced Christian often is to relax devotional habits and live on a grace that is past. Some excuse their drunkenness by saying, "It is to put away melancholy."5. As drinking, so sobriety may be abused. Yet they needed this exhortation. For God hath so constituted the nature of man's body that he stands in need of drink as well as of meat. )Christians must be filled with the SpiritT. It is lawful to drink it not only for necessity, but sometimes for pleasure. (2) To be filled with the graces of the Spirit. And these constantly present difficulties, complications, which baffle the prescriber of drugs. Among the direful effects and consequences of extravagant drinking this must not be omitted, that the soul and all its faculties are corrupted and debauched by it.False notions are drunk in with the wine: undue and unbecoming apprehensions are entertained. 3 JanRejoicing in God's Wisdom (Prov 1:1-7; 9:9) by Rev Quek KK, 10 JanWill You Walk in God's Wisdom? 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. It is recognized by the Church itself in the appointment of thanksgiving days and special services — when we are summoned to show our gladness in a livelier strain. Let us hear what men say for drink. The first evil of drunkenness is that injury which is done to the body by it.2. This contrary principle hath such an influence on them, that the Spirit of the gospel hath no place in them. "Give me this water," must be the cry of each, "that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw." He defrauds himself of what he might possess and imperils all he has by seeking to live on less. This is stated several times in the Scriptures, e.g. It is impossible for anyone to stand always at the same spiritual level. God is not sparing in the ministration of wholesome excitement. Dissipation comes from the Greek word asotia. His relation to Christ obliges us (Romans 8:9; Galatians 4:6). Because of their necessity. That you may effectually abandon this vice, be careful to avoid all the occasions of it. Weigh this express command of God in the text, "Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess."2. But observe, not His extraordinary gifts, which in no age are necessary to salvation, and were chiefly bestowed in the early ages, for the good of others, are here meant; but His ordinary influences, which are necessary to salvation (see vers. I AM TO ENTER UPON THE APOSTLE'S DEHORTATION, OR PROHIBITION — "Be not drunk with wine." December 15, 2019; David Hughes; Ephesians; Details Listen Getting Along With God-Can You? The best of saints need to be cautioned against the worst of sins. THE SOLEMN CAUTION. IT KEEPS SOULS OUT OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD. We are in darkness, and need illumination, instruction, and direction; He is the Spirit of light, truth, wisdom. How people abuse language!II. 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. Fleshly baits are not the temptations by which superior men are caught. God never promised an absence of distress. You can wake up, see what the problem is and let Christ lead you to a new alertness and wisdom. I conceive there is in the expression that which would imply the power of the Spirit to fill the soul of man. (1) The gifts of the Spirit: "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 2:4). Lore and marriage are joy from heaven, in earthly cups. VII. And yet there are some at our disposal. But these changes do not come automatically or unconsciously, without our involvement. Of course, if they are so filled with the Spirit, they feel no appetite for debasing and material stimulants.(J. (John 17:17). Consider the dreadful woes that are denounced against this sin. But stagnation is all the more perilous because it is high. The spiritual capacities enlarge with time. As wine is given to cure the infirm and fainting, so likewise to cheer and delight the sound and healthy. 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." "The Spirit will fortify both your bewitching magnetic ether of spiritualism. There is another excuse made by some men, which, though it be not worth the answering, yet that I may remove all the pretences of drinking men, I will say something to it. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. He defrauds himself of what he might possess and imperils all he has by seeking to live on less. Wine cannot fulfil their expectation — they cannot live habitually under its power; its fumes are slept away, and new indulgences are craved. It imports our partaking of His influences and fruits in a large and plentiful manner; not indeed "without measure"; in this tense Christ only had the Spirit: nor so as to admit of no increase; thus we shall hardly have the Spirit in heaven. 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. 4, It is given us by the gospel, for that is called "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:2). None so fatherly as God; no gift so necessary as the Spirit. And He hath given it for these three considerable purposes.1. 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. It is a sensation of want — a desire to fly from himself, a craving after something which is felt to be out of reach, an eager and restless thirst to enjoy, if at all possible, some happiness and enlargement of heart, that usually leads to intemperance. The verdant glory of the earth, the tranquil heavens, and the works of our divine poets and musicians, are excitements worthy of heaven. "The Spirit will fortify both your bewitching magnetic ether of spiritualism. The clear revelation we have concerning His agency, beyond all which was given in former ages of the Church, lays us under strong obligations to desire to be filled with His influences. When a person drinks wine, his behaviour comes under the influence of alcohol and it begins to change - he loses his inhibitions and does things that he would not normally do. Let us hear what men say for drink.1. We are in darkness, and need illumination, instruction, and direction; He is the Spirit of light, truth, wisdom. 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