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2020-10-11 Sunday Morning Sermon - Pastor Mitch Pridgen

October 11, 2020 Mitch Pridgen
Crosswalk Church of Daytona Beach
2020-10-11 Sunday Morning Sermon - Pastor Mitch Pridgen
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Crosswalk Church of Daytona Beach
2020-10-11 Sunday Morning Sermon - Pastor Mitch Pridgen
Oct 11, 2020
Mitch Pridgen
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Mitch Pridgen:

Take your Bibles and turn with me to the book of Ephesians. As we continue our exposition here this morning, I'm going to read Ephesians chapter five, verses 15 through 20, but our text will be verses 18 through 20. So I'm going to pause at the end of 17 and just kind of emphasize the remainder. Uh, versus night, 18, 19 and 20 verse 15, Ephesians chapter five, look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise making the best of the time, because the days are evil, therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine for that is debauchery, but be filled with the spirit, addressing one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your hearts giving thanks, always, and for everything to God, the father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Dr. John MacArthur opens his commentary on verse 18 of Ephesians five with these words. And it actually is a wonderful way to open our exposition this morning. He says, and I quote the verse, which these words introduce is one of them the most crucial texts relating to Christian, living, to walking in a manner worthy of the calling. With which we have been called for one being controlled by the Holy spirit is absolutely essential for living the Christian life by God's standards. God's way cannot be properly understood or faithfully followed apart from the working of the spirit in the life of a believer. End of quote. Now with this said, It's important to note how Paul prefaces, the imperative to be filled with the spirit as Paul often does, when he writes he does free first introduces a negative command or imperative, and then follows it with a contrasting positive one or one's Paul's negative command in verse 18 and do not get drunk. With wine. Now I know what some of you might be thinking at this moment when you hear me quote that verse, all this is going to be good. Mitch is going to talk about whether we can drink or not drink wine. Sorry to disappoint you perhaps some other time, I'll come back and deal with that because I really wanted to deal with the context of the text, even though that's what a subject matter, that's worth our discussion. In fact, if you really want a great discussion, in fact, on verse 18 in his commentary on dr. MacArthur, I think dedicate six. Or eight pages just to that subject alone. And he's not the only one. So it definitely is good, but I had no intention of standing up here this morning and reading someone else's commentary to you. So let's look at this. This command deserves where he says, do not get drunk with wine, which you prep. This is being filled with. The spirit is one that is deserving of our special. Attention. In fact, let's kind of look at the way it's given to us in the text and he says, do not get drunk or do not be drunk with wine. Let's look first at drunk. And this now you're thinking, Oh my goodness, this is going to be exciting this morning in church to talk about this subject. Well, while Paul does, right when Paul writes do not get drunk with wine, he's clearly warning. His readers of the danger of overindulgence in strong drink. It is likely Paul's meaning of the Greek gut Charles meaning of using this Greek word, which is the verb to get drunk methods come by in the Greek is synonymous with the way it would be used by the secular greets. In other words, Paul's not taking this Greek word and using it in a unique, special way to him. He's using it. In a way that it would be actually used to his readers are familiar to his readers, the secular Greeks in some cases, many quite naturally understand this word to me, being in such a state as to no longer be able to maintain self control. Subjecting themselves to the real probability of acting in a disgraceful or distasteful way. Now, when you think about the subject of drunkenness, is that not what comes to your mind behavior that is often disgraceful behavior that is often very distasteful. It seems like when someone gets in that inebriated state, which we're talking about more, they cast off restraint. The mouth becomes loose. The actions become unmitigated, all kinds of things. The Hellenistic Jew Jewish philosopher. Phylo 20 BC, two 58 D wrote a treaty's entitled on drunkenness, where he characterized drunkenness generally as a Mark of the blind. Now listen to this, the blind and foolish man who is a slave to the material world. No doubt drunkenness was a real problem in the pagan culture of emphasis as it was elsewhere. In fact, many commentators bring up the point that in the Greek mind of this time drunk, and this would be associated with the worship of Dionysus, which they felt as though when they became intoxicated, became drunk or inebriated that her presence literally filled them and celebrated through them. And so that was associated with their worship. And this is something that the Ephesians, even the, and Christians would be familiar with remembering that many of them been saved right out of paganism. This was a predominantly Gentile or pagan Congress, previous pagan congregation, who had heard the gospel and it come to saving faith in Christ. So they would be very familiar with what Paul is talking about here. And it is likely. This problem or temptation was not limited merely to the culture. Somehow the very fact that pole with it in this epistle gives us a hint that this is something that even at the time of his writing threatened the church there. This is what prompted Paul to issue his prohibitive warning. If there wasn't a problem. If there wasn't the threat. If there wasn't the temptation of this being a practice among some of the believers or those who profess to believers, it is very likely Paul would have felt no need to address it. Now the Bible is not silent on the topic or the subject of drunkenness. Let's look at this for a minute. If it's morning, turn to Proverbs with me and turn to Proverbs trap chapter 23, and we're gonna look at verse 20. And then we're going to look at verses 29 through 35 and Proverbs chapter 23, verse 20 of Proverbs 23 reads this way. Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat. Now gluttony is a whole nother subject that could be dealt with. But I want to look primarily at the first statement, be not among junkers and that what that is, is a prohibition of the wise person avoiding the company of those that are given to strong drink. Those that are subject to be drunk and therefore cast off all inhibitions of speech as well as actions. And then in verse 29 through verse 35, look at what he says here. He says, who has woe, who has sorrow, who has strife, who has complaining, who has wounds without cause who has redness of eyes, those who Terry Long over wine. Those who go to try to our, go to try mixed wine. Do not look at wine when it is red. When is sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly in the end, it bites like a serpent. Now pay attention to how he describes this in the end, it bites like a serpent and stings. Like an adder. Your eyes will see strange things and your heart will utter perverse things. He will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, like one who lies on the top of a mast. They struck me, you will say, but I was not hurt. They beat me, but I did not feel it wind. Shall I awake? I must have another drink now. Let's, let's look at this for a moment in verse 20, as I said, There is a warning to avoid the company of drunkards. And then in verses 29 through 35, there is the poignant warning about drunkness itself. You saw as I read it and I read it very slowly, intentionally verse 29, consists of six questions all beginning with who has, and then we see these things. Whoa, sorrow. Strife complaining words without caught wounds without cause and redness of eyes. And then what is the cause of those things? All those six things, Whoa, sorrows, strife, complaining wounds without cause and redness of eyes. What has been the cause? Verse 30 gives us the answer tearing long over wine, which is a clear. Reference to over indulgence tearing me, just kind of staying there on just continually drinking and drinking and drinking. And then not only that, but going to mixed wine, which means when you've exhausted, what you have in front of you guess what you're going to go do? The person is going to go look for some more somewhere else. And then verse 31 speaks of the deception of why notice this. It says here, when it is read. In other words, that means when it is the most potent, the least potent is when it is immediately made. The more potent is when it is aged longer and it becomes more red in color. And so that's what he's warning when it is red. In other words, when it is especially potent, when it sparkles, here's the deception, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly and then verses 32 through 35, give the results of this over indulgence. Now, before I go any further, I want you to understand what am I addressing over? Indulgence. So here's what he says in verses 32 through 35 is the results of overindulgence number one in the end, it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder. I don't know about you. There are there just a few things that I, I actually can say that I am fearful of and snakes happened to be one of them, unless it's all black. And I liked the All-Blacks Nate, because I know what they do. They eat other snakes, especially poisonous ones and rodents and insects. And that's fine with me. So if I'm working out here and they're crawling around my feet, that's okay. In fact, it was, remember trimming the hedges out front one day and I'm looking all of a sudden, his head just comes right up out of the Bush and looks right at me, right square in the eye. And I said, Oh, hi. And I moved around the other way, but think about the serious nature. Of what he's saying here bites like a serpent, just the sting of a bite and then the stain, like an adder. So there there's some pretty serious consequences. He doesn't mince words in expressing the serious nature of overindulging. And then secondly, he says your eyes will see strange things. Now, the first thing you want to think about, Oh, there's hallucinations. Well, not necessarily an illuminations, but if you look at it in context of the word itself, it is the law of loss of the ability to see things in proper perspective. What happens when a person becomes inebriated suddenly they don't see things as they really are. They might imagine things that are not real. They might see things that really aren't there and they might perceive things completely different than the way they are. Sure. And then number three, your heart will utter perverse worse things. I talked about that just a few moments ago. He doesn't necessarily say necessarily say your mouth will utter perverse things, but the things that come out of our mouth, where do they originate? They originate in our heart for out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. So what's going on inside of the heart of a person that is in this drunken or an abbreviated state is that, which is perverse men. If we've ever bounced around anybody and not all of us have been Christians, all our lives. You remember, I spent the first 25 years of my life and my college years, the first time around as a non yeah. But a fraternity member. I need to say anything else. And so I can tell you that these things are real. These are the very things that happen. And it's amazing that as that goes on and on the drinking continues on and on and on the tongue gets loser and the conversation gets nastier and gets more perverse every single time. It never turns more righteous. And that is the point. The Proverbs writer is making your heart will utter perverse things. And number four, you will, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, like one who lives on top of a mass. What is he talking about there? How many of you have been boating before? How many of you have a propensity towards seasickness? That's the imagery here is seasickness, dizziness, instability. Confusion and even physical sickness and no explanation is necessary. Thank you for a person who's trying on a, on a vessel, moving in order to sleep on the mast. You see the illustration, then five number five, verse 35 speaks to the loss of sensitivity. Things happened to him. He did not even know were happening and didn't even at the time, feel it. In other words, he was so inebriated and so drunk that he wakes up with these wounds on his body, wondering where in the world that they came from, how did he get these wounds? Because he don't remember it. Not only does he not remember it, but he didn't even feel it at the time. But what is the drunker response you would think? Well, boy, I don't think I'll ever do this again. That's not what the Proverbs writer says. Even with those things that have happened. He says this, which is sad. He says, this I'm just have another drink. His first waking thought is not to avoid what he just fell prey to his first waking thought is to do it all over again. Proverbs 26, 11. Addresses this type of person and it's, it's echoed in Peter's writing in second, Peter chapter two, verse 22, the Proverbs writer, which is the verse to give it. And Peter draws from it words this way, like a dog returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly. And that is exactly what's happening here. And you can see this in just a moment because Paul has already talked about being wise, rather than being foolish, doing that, which is wise. Rather than doing that, which is foolish or foolishness. And yet here a dog as a dog returns to his vomit is a full who repeats his folly. So drunkenness is therefore the effect of the overindulgence of alcohol on a person's mind, as well as his physical faculties. He does just simply affect the way one thinks. The way one perceives or sees things. It actually affects their physical fact faculties. They stumble, they, they, they fall all over the place. I remember years ago, 25 years ago. Now, when I moved to Daytona, a gentleman in my church, an older gentleman in my church had a tremendous testimony of having been delivered from, from alcoholic addiction. In fact, it shocked me because this dear brother was such honestly, Such a wonderful man of God, a family man, his family loved him is still married to his wife of his youth. And yet early on in their marriage, he was literally a gutter drunk right here in the city that at night his wife would have to go out after having put the children to bed and try to find him. And oftentimes literally find him laying on the street or the sidewalk somewhere totally intoxicated and drunk. But by the grace of God, God, miraculously, supernaturally, and wonderfully and permanently delivered him from that. And he served with me two years in my first church when I came to Daytona and what a godly man, he was a man of prayer, a man of the word and a great man of character. So God can turn those things around for people rather than being like the fool. He was like the man who was wise, normal functions are inter are interrupted and thinking severely skewed. These things are clearly addressed in scripture. And in fact, in Galatians chapter five, verse 21, if you look at the list of the works of the flesh in Galatians five 21 drunkenness. Is listed as one of the works of the flesh. However, look at the antithesis of that in verse 23, self control is given as one of the fruit of the spirit. So when you look at drunkenness, if you want to see the antithesis of that one, who has given. To habitual, ongoing drinking to the point of inebriation or intoxication. Here's the absolute antithesis to that? It is self control. Listen to the apostle Peter, which by the way, is a fruit of the spirit. Listen to the apostle Peter in second, Peter chapter one verses five through eight. This is really worth listening to very closely. Peter writes these words. He says for this reason, make every effort. To supplement your faith with virtue and virtue, with knowledge and knowledge, with self control and self control with steadfastness and steadfastness, with godliness and godliness, with brotherly affection and brotherly affection with love. What does he do with self control? If you look self controlled, he said almost in the middle of this. For if these qualities that continues are yours and are increasing, rather than our self-controlled diminishing our virtue, diminishing our godliness diminishing, what are they to be doing? They are to be increasing. And this is what Peter says for if these qualities are yours and are increasing, if you are growing maturing, this is, that is that concept of progressive sanctification that's happening in our lives are suppose to be happening in our lives. That increasingly being conformed into the likeness of Christ, imitating God, as Paul tells us in the fifth chapter of Ephesians. Four of these qualities are yours and are increasing. They keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord. Jesus Christ. So self control, simply maintaining the proper function of all one's faculties keeps one from being ineffective. And unfruitful in their Christian life. I have to ask the question or the Christian walk. I have to ask this question, and this is a silly question to ask this group likely this morning, but what possible benefit could drunkenness or knee abbreviation or intoxication contribute to our Christian walk other than to absolutely destroy our testimony with those in the world. And thereby destroy our effectiveness in doing what we are called to do, which is sharing the gospel. On the other hand, drunkenness does exactly the opposite. Look at what Paul goes on to say back in our text in Ephesians, in Ephesians, Ephesians 18, do not get drunk with wine. He says for that is debauchery. Now don't, don't miss this DoubleTree. Debauchery the word debauchery as a Tia in the Greek is best understood. As the extravagant, I listened to this, the extravagant squandering of one's means a ruinous way of living. Flagrant senseless living. It is the wild living. In fact that we see Luke chapter 15, verse 13 in regards to the prodigal son as a Tia, a derivative, that word is used in Luke 1513. When it says that the prodigal son took all of his inheritance and went out and what squandered it, how did he do that? We, we know the story of the prodigal son. He squander it by riotous living. No doubt about part of that ride to his living was giving himself to excessive drinking, partying, carousing, whatever you want to put in that category things. But the real point is all those things led to him, squandering all of his means everything. He had such that he found himself in the end, even eating the slop. He was speeding to the pigs. Which is exactly what I was talking about just a moment ago, which ultimately is the end result of a person who has given these kinds of things in a habitual and addictive way. Contextually what Paul has in mind here is the debauchery or the ruinous living associated with the pagan religious practices in emphasis, which I've have already. Addressed drunkenness was clearly associated with pagan idolatrous, religious worship, which virtually, always involved having drinking, followed by sexual sin. You know what it's amazing using. If you look at the pagan religions of today, If you were to pick up a book and begin to read about them and find out what that really all about. This is a common factor that runs a thread that runs through each of them. Even today there's excessive drug or alcohol use followed by elicit every diabolical form of sexual conduct you can possibly imagine is present. I mean, as I said earlier, this is something that the Ephesians Christians, themselves having been saved out of this would be familiar with. Remember, I've told you this, I can not remember how many times you've got to understand the way this letter is read. You know, they didn't have a book. They opened this and said, Hey, turn to Ephesians. This is a letter that has been written to them, addressing some important issues. The first three chapters that we talked about were doctoral issues that Paul addresses, the last three chapters are imperative issues. Following the indicatives that were given in the first three chapters. So this is letter where the messenger would walk in and the messenger would open the parchment or open the scroll, whatever it might be. And he would read this to the church. This is a letter church addressed to you from the apostle Paul. And so in the hearing of the reading of this letter might very well, well, be some of those, like the minority, we would hope of those who might in some way, shape, form, or fashion still if at least flirting with not fully involved in this practice. And Paula saying stop, do not be drunk with wine, which leads to debauchery or which is debauchery. As hard as it may believe. Some were maybe struggling with this as hard as it may be, be to believe today. There are Christians today who struggle with this very thing. If we were to think, well, you know, we're all dressed nicely this morning. And we were all sitting in this wonderful place and we're hearing God's word preached. Nobody has this problem now to further support this notion. We need only look at the grammar and the Greek text of a prohibition when he writes, do not get drunk with wine. Now let's not that this means necessarily anything to some of you. It might just some of you, this is negative, the negative with the present imperative in the Greek grammar. And what it is, is a call for a discontinuation of that, which is in progress. Or a prohibition of a habitual action. The Greek grammar itself implies the fact that it was likely in the, in the congregation. And so there was somebody there that needed to hear this. There was this impurity that existed in the fellowship of the church that needed to be dealt with. And Paul is going to address it. Pagan, idolatrous worship. Is characterized in and now by this type of behavior, external means such as getting drunk, the use of drugs, which I don't know what their drugs might've been at that time are not to be employed by the believer. It's just not to be something that's a part of our lives is certainly is not in any way, shape, form, or fashion to be a part of our worship together. In fact, if you look at the defilement of the communion table or the celebration of the Lord's supper in first Corinthians chapter 11, that was inevitably what was happening to somebody even there. They were coming after having drank a little bit at home and were coming a little bit loose. And Paul reduce him for that. The believer has no need listen church. And this is prefacing. Where are we going to go? The believer has no need for the artificial, for the counterfeit degrading and destructive. And I dollar just ways of the world. We don't need that. The believers exhilaration that which excites us, that which motivates us, that which brings us the greatest joy as we approach worship is not as hinders and comments, sinful and abbreviation. End of quote. It is something much greater and something much deeper than that. We must never forget Christian, that our worship is not restricted. Listen is not restricted to the times we gathered together corporately, but our lives individually and daily are to be lived in the constant awareness of that. Our lives, our acts of worship, the way that we live our lives is an act of worship. This is exactly. What Paul means in Romans 12 one. When he writes these beautiful words, he says, I appeal to you. Therefore, brothers, I appealed to you. Remember that urgency, that that word appeal carries there. It is a besieging them. It is a pleading with them. He says, I appeared if I'm not mistaken, the King James version says, I beseech you. Therefore. That appeal. I appealed to you, therefore brothers by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice Holy acceptable to God and listen to how he closes it in English tender version translation, which is your spiritual worship or service. When we go out into the world daily. Our lives are to be lived in worship. We are to live our lives as an act of worship, giving our bodies as a living sacrifice, focusing on the necessity of Holy living, living that as acceptable and pleasing to God. Remember I told you many times how I define what I consider godly living is simply as this living a life that is pleasing to God is not living a list of rules. It is living a life that is pleasing to God following the imperatives that God gives us in his word in a broad sense. Our whole life life is to be lived in worship. How often have we thought about that as we go out tomorrow and the workplace or to school? Or wherever it is that our lives are to be lived in worship. And the clothes verse 18 of Ephesians five provides Paul provides his readers now with the positive. Counter imperative. Here's the first negative impaired to be not drunk with wine, which is debauchery. And here he counters it. Now contrast that with the positive imperative, but be filled with the spirit whenever Paul writes. But look, what's coming next, but be filled with the spirit in contrast to being drunk. Paul tells them to be field. Rather than being drunk with wine, they are to be filled with the spirit here. Henderson says is a higher quote, better source of exhilaration. Remember, I just said a moment ago that we don't need that artificial exhilaration. We don't need to take a sip of something before we come together, take a snort of something before we come together or do any of those things to find our exhilaration, our exhilaration. Originates from a higher perspective, from a higher presence, we have a better source of exhilaration. What this morning, Christian excited you about being here. What was it that it was your exhilaration this morning, as you anticipated coming, wasn't not the year we're going to come together as brothers and sisters in Christ and joined together. You were going to see each other. You want to meet each other IDI. You we're going to hear each other's voice, but even above that, and beyond that, we were coming together. To carry out our worship, not individually as we do every single day, but corporately as we do the times, God affords us the privilege of meeting together here. That was exciting. Were you excited about coming this morning to worship with your brothers and sisters to sing with them, to pray with them, to hear the preaching of the word together? That's what, that's what excites me. I don't need any of that out there. That artificial exhilaration. The Greek word or the Greek text actually reads in pneumatized, which means in spirit, it doesn't read in the original Greek. Exactly. Like it does entering his translation. And therefore some argue this doesn't clearly indicate whether the Holy spirit is intended. I completely dismiss that. In light, however, of the many other places you need only follow through Paul's writings in his epistles in many other places where Paul writes of being filled with the spirit aware it's reference reference. There's no reason to interpret this passage any differently. That's exactly what Paul intended. In fact, it makes little sense. Otherwise, be not drunk with wine, but be filled in spirit filled with what. And so it makes absolute sense. Yes. Numa is the Greek word that is interpreted breath or spirit in the lowercase. S S meaning the spirit of a man, certainly, but it is oftentimes, and context determines this when it should be capitalized. Where's the dressing, the person of the Holy spirit. Certainly if it's preface with the adjective, huggy us, meaning Holy, we would know that here's not, but it doesn't change it. The question arises. And it is an important one to address. What does Paul mean when he says be filled with the spirit? We must acknowledge that if Paul's readers were truly regenerated, I'm gonna slow down here because I want to make sure you get this. If Paul's readers were truly regenerated Christians, they already were in dwelt by the Holy spirit. The spirit comes to live in the believer, the very moment of their salvation that's fundamental Christian doctrine. This is an essential truth of our salvation. We learned from the scripture that the Holy spirit is the efficient cause of our regeneration and Titus. For example, chapter three, verse five, Paul writes these words. He saved us that has God saved us by the working of regeneration and listen to this and renewal of the Holy spirit. So here you see the official calls while God himself is the primary agent. The efficient cause of our regeneration is the person of the Holy spirit. Well, he is intended while he is indeed this, he is also the member of the Trinity, the triune Godhead that comes to live in us. Not only does he regenerate us, but think about this believer, the moment we are regenerated by his sovereign work. And we are converted. We come to faith in Christ, by modern, artistic work of God, through the person of the spirit. Something happens that same spirit that regenerated us now comes and lives in us. Every single one of us who's truly born again, has the indwelling abiding presence of the spirit of God with us. And when he comes, he will never leave. He is there. He is there with us. We have become, as Paul tells us in first Corinthians six, 19, the temple of the Holy spirit within us, the context here being the individual believer in Ephesians five 18, Paul was not calling anyone to be saved. He's riding to those who are saved, nor is he calling them to listen carefully church to some ecstatic or esoteric experience. Now I want you to get this and I'm not going to, I'm not going to camp very long here. There's a lot that I would like to say, but I'm gonna try not to say today you have charismatic celebrity preachers. Who refer to themselves as those, who are you ready for? This who serve people? The Holy spirit, like he has some kind of substance that they can partake of. In fact, you've seen perhaps meetings on Christian television, or I have visited some of these to see it with my own eyes where they actually tell people to act like they got a cup in front of them and to drink and then drank of the Holy spirit. In fact one in particular on the West coast of Florida refers to himself. I'm glad you're seated for this refers to himself as the Holy spirit bartender and professors to dispense the spirit, making people drunk in the spirit, he will begin to laugh, begin to jibber. Begin to fall on the floor. Stagger roll bark. You name it as though they are inebriated. I'm going to tell you something. This is not what Paul means. You've got to understand. That is not what Paul is talking about. In fact, think about it. The similarities between those two actions here, he got the one who says. Reducing the person of the Holy spirit to almost as if a substance that can be taken in which by the way reflects the worship of Dionysius and that they believed by drinking that she filled them with her presence and led them in their worship. And yet, is that not almost the same thing? And yet it's the very thing that Paul begins with this negative imperative saying that we are to avoid not to be drunk, but rather. To be filled. Paul is not calling his readers to some place of more advanced Christianity. Creating a have H a V E, and I have not distinction among Christians. There are those who have the Holy spirit and there are those who don't have the Holy spirit that should immediately listen. That should immediately be dismissed in our thinking. Remember, what I told you just about eight minutes ago was this very thing. Every born again, believer is filled. With the Holy spirit, might I, once again, for those who know where I'm going to go on this, might I refer to one of my favorite radio preachers who has long been in heaven, enjoying God's presence, J Vernon McGee, and I'll never forget him preaching on the radio in his old Texas accent dearly beloved. Some want to tell you that you got to get more of the Holy spirit. But I'm going to tell you, when you got Jesus, you got the whole ball of wax. And in other words, you got him all. When he comes to fill you at your regeneration, he doesn't come in part and say, now, if you can do these, jump through these hoops, you can get more of me and more me and more of me. No. When he comes in his person, he comes in his fullness. Every believer is filled with the spirit. I get phone calls all the time haven't gotten any recently. I think our reputation is finally gotten out there, but I used to get these phone calls all the time and they would ask me this inevitable question. Well, what kind of church are you? And I'd say, well, maybe you could help me by maybe explaining what you mean by that. Well, I mean, are you spirit field and well, Oh, of course we are. I said, in fact, you know, every born again, believer. Is filled with the spirit. Oh no. I mean, are you really spirit feel I'll go. Oh, I think I know what you mean. In other words, you're asking, do we do boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. Yeah, yeah. Yes, no, no. And that usually ends the conversation. The halves listen to haves. H a V E S the halves are usually characterized. This is not true. The haves are usually characterized by exercising some particular spiritual gift, like speaking in tongues or falling out on the floor during the service or healings or whatever it might be. And the have nots are those who in the estimation of the halves do not even possess the spirit, which if were true, they would not even be saved. In fact, This is the exact extreme. Some the haves have gone to claiming if you don't speak in tongues, if you don't have certain gifts, then you are not even saved. I hear it quite frequently. I'm going to be nice. And I'm going to stop here by saying this. This is simply not biblical truth. It's not biblically. True. Two more things worth mentioning. I'll move off of this. Two more things worth that bear mentioning are number one. When Paul tells his aphasian readers to be filled with the spirit, he's not speaking of what it's called the baptism of the spirit. This is because as I've already said, every truly born again, believer has been baptized with and has received the Holy spirit. And secondly, The filling of the spirit is not the same as being sealed or secured by the spirit. Well, that leaves the question. What does Paul mean then? I'm glad you asked the key to understanding what Paul means is first understanding the word translated. Be field PLE arrow in the Greek. P L E R O P R O. This verb is in the present and listen is in the present imperative, passive in the grid, in the text. What that means is this, it can be correctly interpreted and you know, you'll see why the English translators would not interpret it, literally because it wouldn't make any sense to us in English. Listen to what it literally means. It means this be being kept filled. The being kept field. The idea of the word, make sure you get this. Listen to the idea of that word. Plea arrow is control. The indwelling spirit of God is the one who should continually control and dominate the life of the believer. Who is it that controls your life as believers. It is to be who. The indwelling spirit of God is the one who controls and dominates the life of the believer. The word be filled, the verb be filled, speaks of a habitual and continual action being, being kept field. It never is. We're just constantly field and field, but I'll just say we got the wholeness. The wholeness of fullness of the spirit just continues to fill us over and over and over incessant. To be field speaks of that habitual continue. Action. Paul's impaired then is this continue? Being filled and controlled by the Holy spirit. This goes back to the opening of our study, Ephesians four one, which is how I opened it with MacArthur's quote today and 41 months ago. This is essential to us, walking in a manner worthy of the calling. We have been called to the only way we can do that is by being filled with the spirit. You cannot do it yourself. Remember, I've told you before the people come to me and said, pastor, I just don't know. I just simply cannot live this Christian life. And I said, welcome to the club and they look at me like, what do you mean? Well, I read into their, their, their statement to me that they are implying that somehow they are the ones that alone are living it. Not recognizing that while there is. That effort on our part. Certainly we see the impaired has given to us in scripture, the power to live that way comes from who it comes from God through the person of the Holy spirit who lives in us. We are to work out our own salvation in fear and trembling. Yes, but is God who both works to do his Goodwill and pleasure in us. It's God working through the Holy spirit. And I am persuaded, as Paul said that he, who has begun that good work in us will bring it to completion. As he controls our lives, our own going yielding of ourselves to the Holy spirit and his control. This is how we become imitators of God. Five one is how we walk in love as Christ love five two, and is how we successfully avoid the sins. We see Paul mentioned in verses three and four. Now this chapter is how we walk as children of light. Verse eight is how we discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Verse 10. It is how we walk is wise verse 15. It is how we understand what the will of the Lord is in verse 17, how be filled with the spirit. There's a lot packed into this verse and these two intricately re related imperatives. No verse 18 sits almost square. If you do your counting verse 18 says almost square in the middle of the chapter, except up to the point where Paul begins to deal with husband and wives and their relationship. It quite sufficiently serves. As the support verse for all, Paul has previously written in the chapter and we dare not misses importance. Now, when just a few minutes, I've got left, I've got to hurry. Look at verses 19 through 21. I didn't want you to miss that importance of that one verse verses 19 through 21. Give us the result of 19 through 20. I'm not going to be in 21, 19 to 20. Give us the result of being continually filled with the spirit. If the overindulgence of wine or alcohol. Artificial temporarily creates a sense of before you leading to what may be exuberant actions, how much more will the continual feeling, feeling with the Holy spirit, create a genuine and sustainable exuberance in the believer. What happens if one drinks, the drink wears off? The person feels like they got to have that drink and knowers to feel good. Suddenly that drink is gone and they feel bad all over again. Oftentimes they feel even worse either by virtue of that continual feeling of the spirit. Our exuberance never fades. Our joy never passes. Our exhilaration never ends contrasting to leading to debauchery. That was drunk drunkenness. This leads to being filled with the spirit, produces positive results for the believer, which ultimately benefits the church corporately. And Paul gives us just a few of those. Look at verse 19. He says, addressing one another. Here we have the speaking to one another, the communicating verbally with one another, addressing one another in songs and hymns. And spiritual songs and making melody to the Lord with your heart. Let's break this down very quickly. There's a lot that could be said, and I just don't have the time to do it. But Psalms, he says, speaking to one another in Psalms likely a reference to how the new Testament church would worship, they would sing the Psalms assaulters. The Psalter of Israel, they would sing the songs, they would take songs and they'd put them to, to sing it. And when they would come together, they would sing these songs together. In fact, something that Puritans it. In fact, if I'm not mistaken at this moment, my mind wants to focus. If I'm not mistaken, this is the only singing that Calvin allowed in his church in Geneva was the singing of songs and some churches today. In reformed faith in the reform, faith sing only songs. This is Lydia reference to the old Testament Salter, and then he goes on to hymns. What's the difference in Psalms and hymns? There is as most commentators believe a real difference here. These are new testaments song songs sung in worship that focuses on God's character. In nature. These are songs that the new Testament church themselves would write and sing. In fact, when we look at the kenosis of Philippians until by the emptying of Christ, and then we look also at Colossians, Oh, there's some you'll read in many commentators. Now they believe this is a hymn sung by the early church. They would take doctrinal, theological truths pertaining to the character and nature of God. And they would sing them, make hymns out of them. Let me back up for a second. We do the very same thing as Psalms today and even hymns. But we saw this with Dean olives preaching on Tuesday morning. A mighty fortress is our God is Martin Luther's adaptation of a Psalm in song. And we do that many times in what we sing. Some of the most beautiful songs we sing are the Psalms, put the music in our hymns. Think about when we sing hymns. That's why I'm so blessed when, when we sing songs and hymns of substance we're in those songs, in each of the stanzas of the Psalm, there is great theological substance regarding the person of God that are meant to arrest our thoughts in our hearts. Taking our attention off of us, which is what most contemporary songs do. Put the emphasis on us, but in him is the emphasis is put on him where it needs to be. And then spiritual songs. Songs of testimony. In fact, some commentators believe, and I'm not sure I understand fully how this would work. We're not, not necessarily told how to adapt it, but they were to be sung songs that were sung spontaneously by the church. And then he goes on singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart. Think about this singing and make a melody are synonymous. This comes from the heart of God's redeemed people who are being continually filled with the spirit. It comes naturally to such people singing and making medley. Melody comes natural to us. We have this precious little gift in our family called Eden and already much like her mom. She's given to music and song and singing. And she is already not even three years old associated the concept of singing with being happy. If her mom begins to get a little bit agitated or where she needs a little bit of discipline eating, we'll look at her mom and say, mommy, are you happy? Okay. And Stephanie will often say not at this moment. And he's immediate answers then seeing mommy, she knows his singing. Mixed mommy happy is that unnatural to us church when things are weighing on us, one of the water around us is pressing in on us to open our hearts and let the praise that is there by the indwelling presence of God's spirit. Come out our mouths in song verse 20, our final verse. Giving, thanks giving thanks, always. And for everything to God, the father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, the spirit filled person. Listen, and that's you that's you, the spirit filled person is not given only to joyful praise to God. They are also given to thanks. Not only do we praise him, but we think him such a person of the spirit filled person is filled with things. Have you just stopped recently in the midst of all this been going on around us, which tries to Rob us of our joy and just paused and begin to thank God. It is amazing when you do that, how much you will find, you have to be thankful for, for everything acknowledged as God's sovereign, as well as his providential control over our lives. I love Steve Curry loves I'm sorry. Keith's message. On Tuesday morning when he met, he ministered to us out of Romans eight 28. In regards to comforting the saints during challenging and changing times, he says two things we must do. We must firmly ground our people in the sovereignty and the Providence of God. How true is that to God, the father in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ indicates our confidence in the effective mediation of Jesus Christ. On our behalf. Jesus is interceding for us. John 14 six. I am the way the truth and the life. No man comes to the father except by me, verse 20 years, packed with more than time allows me this morning to address. So I'm going to close here, brothers and sisters. May we. Heed the words of the apostle Paul, you can give all due diligence to avoid that, which defiles and give ourselves to that, which edifies that is being filled with the spirit and the church together said, amen. Let's stand. Father, indeed. We do give you thanks this morning, we are thankful for the great salvation you have provided for us in Christ. And my prayer would be this morning, Lord, that if there be one, even one within the sound of my voice, whether they are present here with us in this building or whether they are listening to us by means of the technology that you have given us to take it outside of this building this morning and have not trusted Christ. And even during this message, their hearts have been convicted. I pray father, by your sovereign grace, that you would effectually call them to Christ, to faith in Christ and would save them. We are thankful for the gift of salvation. We're thankful for the presence of your spirit, that lives and dwells in each one of us who are yours, who brings the joy. The reason and purpose for living to bear in our daily existence. Might we be even more cognizant Lord of your presence with us by your Holy spirit and find our peace, our comfort, our joy, our soul is in you and in you alone, and therefore live our lives in a way that is glorifying to you. And that name that is above every name. The only name given under heaven. Why, where men were by me at a must be saved. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Our Lord. Amen.