“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18; cf. Col. 3:16a).
“To be filled with the Spirit,”…means to allow the Holy Spirit to have an influence in our lives.
This is not some direct operation as some are suggesting, since it is clearly the obligation of the individual here to allow something to occur.
“[YOU] be filled with…”
In addition, it is something that, once done, results in certain obligations and responsibilities being evident in our lives.
We thus “sing,” “give thanks,” and “subject” ourselves to one another.
All are clearly personal responsibilities that occur as a result of being “filled with the Spirit.”
…If we are to be controlled by the Spirit, we are subject to the Spirit’s leadings, all of which appear in the word.” Tom Wacaster, Studies in Galatians & Ephesians, 459