What do you think it means to be filled with the Spirit and is that a condition one may or not be in at a given point in time, due to un-confessed sin, lack of faith, un-yieldedness, etc? TP
I think being filled with the Spirit is part of our reality in Christ, for we are being led by the Spirit. I also think Paul's "command" is all part of the miraculous call that breaks through the surface of our perceptions that we are otherwise. We seem to look at those words and think Paul was basing his statement upon our NOT being filled with the Spirit, and therefore needing to be told to get that way by some means, such as "un-confessed sin, lack of faith, un-yieldedness, etc". What if we were to hear that miraculous call as a living word that continually breaks through the illusion that would have us deny the reality we have been born into in Christ? Then it would become a wonderful word, wouldn't it? It wouldn't suggest lack, it would become the demand that we have no lack in the midst of surroundings that keep saying we are lacking. It wouldn't suggest sin, it would stand as a testimony that we have been freed from sin. It wouldn't suggest un-yieldedness, it would demand that we have been made to be servants of righteousness. It is a good word, but the religious perversion of how we hear the words that form it deny its true meaning. I just think it's time to hear it for what it truly is instead of clinging to a form of words that only end up telling us something other.