Dear Fellow Believers in Christ, (Every Member Being Filled in the Spirit with the Trinity)
Did not Paul give us a love command to be fully filled in the Spirit? Is being filled in the Spirit contingent on the whole body being jointly filled? Is being filled in the Spirit my expression or is it a Christ in me as me expression? Is truly being filled in the Spirit contingent upon every member of the trinity functioning in me in their fullness? How does mind renewal play a significant role in being filled in the Spirit? Holy Spirit lead us into full understanding of all truth.
BEING FILLED IN THE SPIRIT
"And be not ever drunk with wine, in which ever is unregenerate; but ever be filled in the Spirit" (Eph. 5:18, author's translation).
First, Being Filled in the Spirit Produces a Spiritual Overflow to the Lord
Paul clearly lets us know that our life should never be in carnal excess. In fact, Paul compares being drunk with wine as being anti-moral and debauched, even as being the same that would be found in an unregenerate person before the Spirit rebirthing (Eph. 5:18). With a mood of a love command, Paul challenges the Church to ever be filled in the Spirit. This is being fully filled in the Spirit all of the time, not just partially filled some of the time. First, being filled in the spirit produces a spiritual overflow to the Lord. Ever speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, continually singing and striking chords by your one heart together to the Lord" (Eph. 5:19, author's translation). Notice, how this is happening on a continual – all the time basis.
Second, Being Fully Filled in the Spirit Requires the Entire Body of Christ
It is important to note, that when the word you or your is used by Paul throughout Ephesians and most of his Epistles, that in the original Greek they are plural not singular. This means these passages are addressed to the corporate Body of Christ. The being drunk is plural. The being filled is plural. The praising and singing is the Body of Christ together in one heart and union together to the Lord (Eph. 5:18,19). We keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph. 4:3). "There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling" (Eph. 4:4). "We all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" together with others in the body (Eph. 4:13). "The whole body" is "joined and knit together" growing and edifying of itself together with each other in love (Eph. 4:16). Harmony is the many-membered body singing to one another and to the Lord with one heart. Being filled in the Spirit requires the entire plural body.
Third, The Filling in the Spirit Flows from His Fruit of the Spirit to Others
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law" (Gal. 5:22-23, NKJ). The fruit (singular) of the Spirit is the personality of Christ in us, who is our life. "It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me" (Gal. 2:20). The Christ who lives in me has a self-for-others Spirit and nature. There is not one ounce of selfishness in His nature or Spirit. Where we have fear, He flows out of us in His love to others. Where we would have drunkenness and be out-of-control, Christ flows out of us in His self-control and temperance in His love for others. "And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit" (Gal. 5:24,25). The Spirit of Christ in us, flows out of us with the fruit of His Spirit to others. Only Christ living in us and spontaneously expressing Himself in and through us as us – is the true and full expression of being filled and walking in the Spirit.
Fourth, The Filling in the Spirit is from the Complete Godhead in Us
Paul clearly tells us, "For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and you are completed in Him, who is the head of all principality and power" (Col. 2:9,10). When we are Spirit rebirthed, the Holy Spirit baptized us into the Body of Christ (I Cor. 12:13), and the incorruptible Seed is placed in us (I Pet. 1:23). This incorruptible seed was the Person and Spirit of Christ. This is why Paul can state, "It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me" (Gal. 2:20). This is literally the Person of Christ. It did not say here the "Spirit of Christ" as it does in Romans 8:9. So we have both the Person and Spirit of Christ indwelling us. As a result, when we received the Son, we also received the "fullness of the Godhead" (Col. 2:9). So we have the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of the Father in us also. A pivotal point in our understanding is to understand that to be filled in the Spirit is to be filled in the Spirit of all three (3) personalities of the Godhead.
Fifth, The Filling and Renewal of the Soul and the Mind by the Holy Spirit
Jesus said, "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, who the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you" (John 14:26). Also, Jesus said, "But when the Helper comes whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me" (John 15:26). Again, Jesus said, "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth: for whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine, Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you" (John 16:13-15). The Holy Spirit's primary purpose is the filling and renewing of our soul and mind with the will of the Father and the Son in us. "Be renewed in the spirit of your mind" (Eph. 4:23). This gives Christ a mind for His expression in us.
Sixth, The Filling in the Spirit of Christ with His Bodily Expression in Us
We received all of the life of Christ at the rebirthing of the Spirit (I Cor. 12:13). For when we received the "incorruptible Seed" (I Pet. 1:23), we received all the fullness of the Person, Spirit, and nature of Christ. However, to the degree that the Holy Spirit has renewed our soul and mind, is the degree that Christ can be bodily expressed in and through us as us. The reality of "it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me" (Gal. 2:20), is manifested through Christ being able to operate and express Himself with the full Spirit of His mind – the renewed mind.
Seventh, the Filling in the Spirit is the Collective Expression of the Father
We have received the Person and Spirit of the Son in us, in order to have fellowship with Him and ultimately the Father (I John 1:3). As the Holy Spirit has taught us of the Son (John 16:13-15), so does the Son now become the teacher and revealer of the Father (Matt. 11:27). Christ lives His life in us, by the life of another – the Father. Christ speaks the Father's words, does the Father's will and works, even in and through us (plural). The Body of Christ will collectively come to fullness of His "unity of the Spirit" (Eph. 4:4,13-16), even as Christ prayed for us (John 17:20-23). For ultimately, being filled in the Spirit is the collective manifestation of the Body of Christ with the Father's character of righteousness, holiness, purity, and light being fully expressed in us for others.