QUESTION: What does Ephesians 5:18 mean? How can one be filled with the Spirit?
ANSWER: In Ephesians 5:18-19 and Colossians 3:16, which are parallel passages (with each passage explaining the other), Paul is discussing music in the church. In the Ephesian letter, as he begins, he commands, “but be filled with the Spirit.” In the parallel passage of the Colossian letter, as he begins, he commands, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” He is saying the same thing! Conclusion: We are filled with the Spirit as we let the word of Christ dwell in us richly!