Grieving The Holy Spirit
1. An Infinite Relationship
a) A Mark of Authenticity
b) A Mark of Security
2. An Intimate Relationship
a) How the Holy Spirit Lives in Us
b) How the Holy Spirit Longs for Us
3. An Injured Relationship
a) The Deeds That Grieve the Holy Spirit
b) The Deeds That Gladden the Holy Spirit
1. Through the years I have stayed in many situations. I have stayed in about every kind of motel you can image. I confess that I have on several occasions stayed in situations in which I was not comfortable. I remember on one occasion being in a meeting where they put me a cot in a Sunday school classroom.
2. The Holy Spirit indwells every believer. He has made the believer His earthly dwelling place. The believer's body is His earthly home. However, as we see in our text, He is not always comfortable.
3. The Apostle Paul speaks of the relationship that exists between the Holy Spirit and every saved person. He describes this relationship in human terms using human language to describe this relationship. He tells us that the Holy Spirit can be grieved.
4. Let's look closer at Paul's words and consider why and how the Holy Spirit is grieved. First, we see:
1. AN INFINITE RELATIONSHIP
1. Paul states, "Whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." Here is one of the most blessed pictures in the New Testament that assures the believer of his or her eternal security. This security is guaranteed by the sealing work of the Holy Spirit.
2. Paul uses the same image in Ephesians 1:13-14, "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory." The "seal" was when someone poured hot wax on an envelope, package, or document and then pressed their insignia into the wax leaving a clear and distinct mark.
3. The "seal" served a two-fold purpose. First, it was:
A. A Mark of Authenticity
1. The seal verified the owner or sender of a document. For example, in 1 Kings 21, when King Ahab tried unsuccessfully to get Naboth to sell or trade his vineyard, Queen Jezebel told him she would get the vineyard for him. She wrote letters in Ahab's name and sealed them with his seal. The letters, bearing Ahab's seal, were sent to the nobles with certain instructions that were designed to have Naboth killed. They carried out the instructions of the letters, deceptive as they were, because they bore Ahab's seal. His seal on the letters were a sign to them they were authentic.
2. The Holy Spirit's indwelling of the believer is the "seal" or evidence that we belong to Him. Paul said in Romans 8:9, "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none ...
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