“be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18) is to be controlled by the Holy Spirit. This is a present continuous action and requires a believer to be (a) daily yielded to God, (b) daily in repentance with confession with godly sorrow, (c) daily allowing the word of God to richly indwell the inner man. Being controlled by the Holy Spirit empowers a believer (a) daily in spiritual battle (Spirit versus flesh) and, (b) daily in living out the person and character and conduct of Christ and in being obedient to the will of God.
The New Man
Salvation is an inner working of the Holy Spirit; transforming our hearts and lives from the inside out. Inside working it’s way out is this new man, empowered with the Holy Spirit. This new man effects our living today, and assures us where we will be when the Lord returns.