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Grieve Not the Spirit (12 of 16)
Series: The Worth of a Christian
Dr. Stan Coffey
I.WE GRIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT WHEN WE DISREGARD HIS PRESENCE
II. WE GRIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT WHEN WE DISOBEY HIS WORD
III. WE GRIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT WHEN WE DESPISE HIS GRACE
Ephesians Chapter 4 and I want to use verse 30 as a text verse for this message, but please keep your Bible open to Ephesians Chapter 4 because I'm going to be sharing with you several other passages of scripture that relate to this subject this morning of "Grieve Not the Spirit."
Grieve not the spirit. Ephesians Chapter 4, Verse 30 says, "AND GRIEVE NOT THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD, WHEREBY YE ARE SEALED UNTO THE DAY OF REDEMPTION."
And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God. If you were to take the book of Ephesians and read it through in its entirety at one sitting and make a notation of every time in that book that the Holy Spirit of God is mentioned, you would find that the Holy Spirit of God is referred to and mentioned some fourteen times in this one book of the Bible.
The first three chapters of the book deal with what the Holy Spirit does for Christians and the last three chapters of the book deal with what the Christian ought to do toward the Holy Spirit.
Now the Bible specifically commands, "Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God." And I want you to please understand that the Holy Spirit is not an "it", not an influence, not a mysterious substance. The Holy Spirit of God is a person and never forget that.
You cannot grieve an "it". You cannot grieve an influence, you cannot grieve a substance. The word grieve means to make sorrowful, to hurt in such a way that it would bring grieve and sorrow and you can only grieve a person.
And so we know that the Holy Spirit of God is a person. Now there are many things that have life but they are not persons. A tree has life but a tree is not a person. A flower has life but a flower is not a person. An insect has life but an insect is not ...
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