Now for tonight, we're continuing our look at Ephesians chapters 5 and 6 and the implications of a Spirit-filled life. We started in chapter 5 verse 18, about four weeks ago or five, and we started talking about being filled with the Spirit and then we talked about what happens as a result of that, "Speaking to yourselves in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs." We also talked about what it says in verse 18, "Do not get drunk with wine, that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit." Then we kept on moving in Ephesians 5 and we began to talk about Spirit-filled marriage...Spirit-filled marriage. We discussed verses 22 through 33 which give direction to Spirit-filled wives, and their responsibility to their own husbands. And then Spirit-filled husbands and their responsibility to their wives.
The flow of thought in this portion of Scripture is directly parallel to Colossians chapter 3 where you have essentially the same teaching and you might on another occasion want to look at Colossians 3 and you can see the parallel account that is given by the Apostle Paul in that letter as well. There it doesn't say "Be filled with the Spirit, and this will happen," it says, "Let the Word of Christ dwell in your richly," and this is what happens which leads us to the conclusion that being filled with the Holy Spirit is simply being controlled by a rich understand of the Word of God. And since the Spirit is the author of the Word, and since He prompts us through the Word, those things go together.
We come now to chapter 6 and the opening four verses which have to do with Spirit-filled family life. Let me read these four verses for you. "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise, so that it may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."...