Not Drunken, But Spirit-Filled Christians

Ephesians 5:18

“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.”

The Bible condemns drunkenness. Ephesians 5:18 is yet another portion of Scripture that prohibits Christians from being intoxicated. We are not only told to “be not drunk with wine”, we are also warned against consuming it, “wherein is excess”!

Millions of people have become alcoholics. Most of them start their habit of drinking alcoholic beverages during their teenage years. Young people are vulnerable and often succumb to the influence of their friends who invite them to parties and celebrations.

Children should know the dangers of alcoholic drinks and drugs. Alcohol and drugs are killers. Drunkenness affects the proper functioning of a person’s mind and his faculties. It restricts and impairs one’s thinking and action, causing one to behave foolishly and violently.

Instead, we must “be filled with the Spirit”. In other words, we must always be controlled by the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit that enables us to be of sound mind and to do gracious deeds. Christians do not need the thrill of alcoholic beverages and drugs which is counterfeit, degrading and destructive. They have the wisdom, joy, peace and power of the Holy Spirit indwelling them. So, why then would a Christian, who can have the fullness of the mighty, blessed Spirit, seek the debasing, defiling alcoholic beverages?

Prabhudas Koshy