"Grieve not the holy spirit of God whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." (Eph 4:30)
So then if the holy spirit is only an influence per say, how can (it) be grieved and/ or insulted?
"Quench not the spirit." (1 Thess 5:19.) To quench signifies to extinguish, as to extinguish a fire or a light.
The Greek word from which it is translated occurs eight times in the New Testament, and in every other text it refers to quenching fire or light. Carry the thought with you --By reason of having God's holy mind or spirit, we are called "the light of the world" (Matt. 5:14); but if we should be seduced into worldliness by the spirit of the world, our light would be quenched, or extinguished.
"If the light that is in thee become darkness [be extinguished], how great is that darkness?" (Matt. 6:23.)
"Grieve not the holy spirit of God whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." To seal, is to mark or to designate. The children of this world may be distinguished by certain marks, and so may the "new creatures."
The mark of the one class is the spirit (mind) of the world; in the other class the seal or mark is the spirit (mind) of God. From the moment of true consecration to God, the evidence, or marks, or sealing, may be seen in words, thoughts, and actions. These marks grow more and more distinct daily, if we keep growing in grace, knowledge, and love. In other words, the spirit (mind) of God becomes OUR mind or spirit, if the same mind be in us that was also in Christ Jesus our Lord. Hence, our new mind is a holy or God-directed mind.
In this text the Apostle urges that we do nothing, which will wound our conscience. "Grieve [wound] not the holy spirit [mind] of God [in you] whereby ye are sealed," etc.
Another example, which shows that the “holy spirit” is the spirit or mind of God is found in, Acts 2:6
"And they were all filled with the holy spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."
In this case, not only were the disciples filled with the Spirit or mind of God, which was God working in them, but God, or the Spirit of God acted upon them, conferring special gifts, for a special purpose. It must seem absurd to every one to talk about a person being in several hundred persons, but many feel compelled to say so, because of their unscriptural theory. In thinking of it, every intelligent thinker has to think of the power or influence of God in those men, no matter how stoutly they say that it was a person who was diffused into a number of persons.
In our next post we will continue with our examination of the spirit of God and how it is grieved.
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