Drinking Deeply

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Being filled with the spirit is a lot like getting hit by a truck

A brief reflection from Ephesians 3:18 -

Paul commands us to not be drunk with wine, but be filled with the spirit. (Eph. 3:18) Paul does not mean that we ought to figure out a way to pull the spirit over to us and fill us up with it, but that we ought to figure out some way to get in the path of the spirit. I see it as similar to if someone commanded you to get hit by a car. If we were to try to obey this command, we don't go and figure out how we can drive a car and hit ourselves with it, but rather we go find a large highway where there are lots of cars and try to get in the way of one.

In the same way, the spirit moves where it wills, but we can put ourselves in the way.

To paraphrase Paul: Get hit by the truck of the spirit.

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Blogger Evan said...

How did you come to this interpretation?  

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Blogger mxu said...

Just thinking through it. To put it more theologically, I'd say Paul is commanding us to let the governing process in our lives be the spirit of God. But we can't "make" the spirit fill us like we can pour a pitcher of water, so we must "get in the way," through singing and speaking truth to ourselves and others, through submitting to one another according to our roles, through daily God-glorifying obedience.

As each of these really can only be done by the power of the spirit, as we do them, we are both "in the way" and actually "being filled."

But I liked my analogy, so I put it that way.  

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