Vol. 15 No. 12
On Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the followers of Jesus Christ some fifty days after the resurrection.
Consider the words of the apostle Paul, "...be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18 NIV) and notice four things about the verb "be filled".
Be filled is in the imperative, meaning it is a command. It is God's will we be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Be filled is a plural verb in the Greek, meaning, we are all to be filled, that every follower of Christ is to be filled.
Be filled is in the present tense, meaning we are all to be filled with the Holy Spirit right now and every now.
Be filled is in the passive form meaning we do not do it, it must be done us. We do
not fill ourselves with the Holy Spirit, we allow Him to fill us.
Open yourself to the filling and work of the Holy Spirit in your life this day. Confess your sin and trust the Spirit to forgive you, fill you, love you and lead you this day.
E. Stanley Ott