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Grieve Not the Holy Spirit (7 of 16)
THE GREAT ADVENTURE - LIVING THE SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE
Dr. Stan Coffey
We have talked about the filling of the Holy Spirit. We last talked about the result of being filled with the Spirit, how the Spirit of God will fill your life, and He will open your mouth. He will loosen your tongue, how He will straighten your walk, how the Spirit of God will transform you as He fills and takes control of your life. We want to continue on that thought. Now we will talk about "Grieve Not the Holy Spirit." When we talk about the Spirit-filled life, some people stop at just the emotion of the Spirit-filled life. They stop with just the joy of being filled with the Spirit and the sheer excitement that the Spirit of God brings when we are filled with the Spirit of God in our life. But Ephesians makes it very clear as he mentions the Holy Spirit some fourteen times in this book that the Spirit-filled life touches our daily walk, that the Spirit-filled life is for our relationships with Mom and Dad, our relationships with husband and wife, our relationships with boss and with employer, our relationships with brother and sister in the church. That's what he's talking about.
(Read Ephesians 4:25-32)
He's been talking about the filling of the Holy Spirit, the great adventure of the Spirit-filled life. Now he says, "Grieve not the Spirit." As far as I can tell, there are three specific sins that we can commit against the Holy Spirit. Two of them can be committed by Christians, and one of them can only be committed by a non-Christian. That is, Christians can commit the sin of grieving the Spirit (Ephesians 4:30), or quenching the Spirit (I Thessalonians 5:19). But unbelievers can commit the sin of resisting the Holy Spirit, blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Certainly as Christians we want to be careful not to commit a sin against the Holy Spirit. Because the very first message I said the Holy Spirit is our best friend.
When Ephesians 4:30 says, "Grieve not the Holy Spirit," the word "grieve" means to make sorrow. It's the same thought as to hurt someone's feelings, to hurt someone deeply. It says here that we're not to make sorrowful the Holy Spirit, who lives within us. That tells us something about the Holy Spirit. Once again, that tells us that the Holy Spirit is not an influence, not a power, not an "it," not a force, but the Holy Spirit is a person. You can only grieve a person; you cannot grieve someone or something that's not a person. There are things that have life, but they are not persons, and you cannot grieve them. For example, a tree has life, but you cannot grieve a tree. A flower has life, but you cannot grieve a flower. In order to grieve someone, they must be a person. If they are a person, it means they have mind, emotion, and will. So the Holy Spirit has mind, emotion, and will. The reason that the Holy Spirit can be grieved is because, first of all, THE HOLY SP ...
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