Full of Something
Ephesians 5:18 Wuest
And stop being intoxicated with wine, in which (state of intoxication) there is profligacy. But be constantly filled (controlled) by the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord, giving thanks always concerning all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father.
Your going to be filled with something. I’ll never forget the Georgia preacher on vacation in New Orleans back in the summer of 1995 (why would a preacher choose New Orleans for his vacation). Somehow, he stumbled upon people from our church and ended up in our revival services These weren’t just any services, we were right in the middle of an old fashioned, Holy Ghost visitation, it was anything but normal. The services were filled with joyful singing that lasted for hours, joy was in the house, and many people were experiencing unspeakable joy. Almost everyone was laughing that deep belly laugh, that is everyone but the Georgia preacher. He couldn’t “get it”, the more he tried, the more frustrated he got. In talking to him later he said that at one point the Lord told him he couldn’t be filled because he was already filled, he was filled with something other than the Holy Spirit. There was no room for God in his life. Like I said before, all of us are full of something. Wuest brought this out in his comments about today’s verse.
“Excess” is asōtia, from sōzō, “to save”, the literal meaning being, “unsavingness”; that is, that which is asōtia has nothing of a saving quality about it, but rather, a destructive one. The word as it is generally used expresses the idea of an abandoned, debauched, profligate life. The words “profligacy, debauching,” well describe its meaning. “Filled” is plēroō, “to fill up, to cause to abound, to furnish or supply liberally, to flood, to diffuse throughout.” In Acts 6:15 we have Stephen, a man filled with faith and the Holy Spirit. Faith filled Stephen in the sense that it controlled him. The Holy Spirit filled Stephen in the sense that He controlled him. Therefore, the fullness of the Spirit has reference to His control over the believer yielded to Him. The verb is in the present imperative; “Be constantly being filled with the Spirit.” The interpretation is, “Be constantly, moment by moment, being controlled by the Spirit.”
Well, back to the preacher, late one night, around 1 am after one of the services, I heard uncontrollable laughter coming out of the hallway. I went out to see the Georgia preacher being carried out of the church. He was literally being carried out by two people, hand and feet. They carried to the car, drove back to the hotel, carried him through the lobby and up the elevator, and took him into his room and literally put him in bed. The next day I found out what had happened, the preacher began to empty himself of himself, and as he did, he was filled with the Holy Spirit. Joy unspeakable flooded his soul. I guess you know where this is going next. I have to ask the question,”What are you full of today?”