The practice of being filled completely with the Holy Spirit had been suppressed in the majority of the Christian churches. However, one of the themes in Paul’s the letter to the Ephesians is to be filled by Christ. Look at these examples:
• Ephesians 1 says Jesus Christ is “…the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way” (Eph. 1:23).
• Ephesians 2 says that in Jesus Christ we are “being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit” (Eph. 2:22).
• Ephesians 3 tells believers to be filled “to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:19).
• Ephesians 4 says the saints are to attain “to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13).
• Ephesians 5 says believers are to “be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18).
• Ephesians 6 tells believers, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that…you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand” (Eph. 6:13).
It appears as if the theme in Ephesians is that we need to do everything to stand our ground, and that is to be sure that we are filled with the Holy Spirit. In Ephesians 5, the verb in the phrase, “Be filled with the Spirit,” has the meaning in Greek “to be continually filled” (Eph. 5:18). Therefore, being continually filled by the Holy Spirit is doing everything to stand our ground, which is the meaning behind Paul’s metaphor when he said to “put on the full armor of God” (Eph. 6:13).
I was not taught to be filled with the Holy Spirit in graduate school, but I was taught in the school of the Holy Spirit as the Lord wanted to transform me by the power of God.
In my book: Transformed by the Power of God: Learning to be Clothed in Jesus Christ. I will teach you how to be filled and how to be clothed so you too so you can become transformed and walk out in your birthright in Christ. It will be published in September 2010 by Destiny Image.