Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God

Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, by whom ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Ephesians 4:30

What does it mean to not grieve the Holy Spirit of God? The Holy Spirit of God is the third person of the Trinity. He is a person who points to Christ and is known as the Comforter [see John 14:26 and 15:26]. The Holy Spirit of God will guide us into all truth and will not glorify himself. He will glorify Christ [see John 16:14]. The Holy Spirit of God is not egotistical, for he will always testify of Christ. As a comforter He is a helper that has come alongside a person to help us in our Christian walk. We are sealed by the Spirit of God unto the day of redemption. This means that we have been delivered by a price that was paid by the blood of Christ. We are no longer a slave sold under sin but have been set free from the power of sin by the blood of Christ. We have been bought and purchased by the blood of Christ. 

The Holy Spirit is himself the seal, which is the finished transaction of ownership. A Christian is a believer of Christ birth, death, and resurrection for the remission of sins. A Christian belongs to God because of the death and resurrection of Christ. A Christian is delivered from being sold under sin through the fall of man. Therefore, a Christian should not be under Satan’s rule of sin, or falsehood. A Christian should be under the rule of God’s love and forgiveness. The apostle Paul is telling us in Ephesians chapter 4, verse 30 that we should not grieve the Holy Spirit of God by speaking evil or having malice within our heart. In verse 31 of Ephesians chapter 4, Paul tells us to put away all bitterness, wrath, anger, and evil speaking. We are to get rid of every form of malice and be kind and forgiving. As a Christian we are not to be deceived by vain words that have no value such as dirty jokes.

Acting contrary to the love of God grieves the Holy Spirit of God, who has sealed us unto the day of redemption; therefore, we should be careful how we act and ask God to take these desires from us and lay it down at the foot of the cross. Ask God to help you to walk in love as children of light and not darkness. We must recognize that no unclean person or covetous man will have any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ [see Ephesians 5:5]. The apostle Paul is warning Christians about their behavior and walk as a child of God. That is why it is so important to having our mind renewed by the word of God which is the Bible. The Bible is the word of God that reveals what God’s will is. The Spirit of God helps us to understand God’s will and helps us to be formed into the image of Christ. Christ in us is the hope of glory every day.

We must remember that when we are contrary to the love of God in our action, there is a struggle of the flesh taking place against the Spirit and vice versa [see Galatians 5:17]. That is why Paul tells us in Galatians 5:24 that those “that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Crucifying the flesh means to lay it down at the feet of Jesus and ask him to change those desire. It is to surrender your will to the will of God and ask him to cleanse your desire to become the desire of Christ. This is when the Holy Spirit comes in as our helper and comforter to assure us that we are the child of God and that through grace we can come to the Father and ask for help. Like David in Psalms 139 we ask God to search our heart and mind to see if there is any wicked way in us so we can be led into the everlasting life and not death. Thank God that we are not alone and that we have a comforter that comes and helps us to walk the way of Christ and to live in the love of God.

The Fruit of the Spirit

Ah! Juicy sweet fruit in a bowl, but how does that relate to the Spirit?

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control; against such there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23 KJV

Ah! Juicy sweet fruit in a bowl, but how does that relate to the Spirit? Fruit in this passage of scripture is from the Greek word “Karpos,” which means fruit of the trees. I always find it interesting in deciphering a moral or spiritual lesson of what is written in the Bible. What about the word “Spirit”? The Greek word is “Pneuma,” and in Galatians here the word Spirit is capitalized, so it means it is talking about a personality and character. It is talking about the Holy Ghost the third person of the Trinity. The Christian character is produced by the Holy Spirit working in us and not by our own self-effort. The Apostle Paul is talking about the character of the Holy Spirit, which should be a reminder to us that the true Spirit always points to Christ and has the character of Christ; therefore, love, joy, peace, along with self-control will be the character of a true Christian.

We are to be conformed to the image of the Son [see Romans 8:29], so we will have the Son’s character working through us to reveal good fruit ready to be picked from the tree. The Spirit helps us to become free from our sinful habits and to become more like Christ. This is part of the sanctification process of every Christian. The continual renewal by the Holy Ghost to be set a part for Christ. 1st Thessalonians 4:4 states, that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor. This is the will of God. We are set apart for the Lord and being changed from glory to glory into the image of Christ. Paul tells us where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. We must not abuse that liberty we have in Christ and go against anyone and do them harm [see Galatians 5:13]. We are not to be consumed by doing evil to one another. What did Paul say in verse 14 of this same chapter, “for all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

In order to bear the good fruit of the Spirit one must receive essential nutrients. Conditions of a fruitful life for a Christian are cleansing, abiding, and obedience.

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

John 15:4 KJV

We abide in Christ through faith. And it is through faith that we ask for help to have our heart cleansed on a daily basis. There is not a day that I do not ask God to forgive me for my behavior of complaining, getting angry, or acting selfish. Sometimes we ignore our behavior, but he wants us to take those things to the Lord in prayer. Abiding in the vine is also seeking God’s word. Reading about who He is and what is the will of God should be done on a daily basis. Jesus said, “if you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you,” [see John 15:7]. Jesus goes on to say that we are to continue in His Love. This is where obedience comes into the picture. Read and ask, read and ask and it shall be done. Read, ask for His love to rule your heart, and serve one another through that love He has given us. Abide in Christ and stay connected into the vine and you will fine that love, joy, and peace will come forth in your life.

Take time to read the following scripture: John 15:1-14, and Galatians 5:13-26, and see how they relate to each other. Cleansing, abiding, and obedience are what Jesus is speaking out in John chapter 15. See how the apostle Paul explains the difference between the flesh and the Fruit of the Spirit and that we are called to serve one another in love.

Listen to Abide in My Love by Inge Schultz from the album “Send The Light” at https://ingeschultz.com/single/33191/abide-in-my-love . this song is taken from the gospel of John 15.

The Comforter is the Holy Spirit

The Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said unto you.

John 14:26

The Comforter is the Holy Spirit said Jesus, and it is the comforter that will teach you all things. The Greek word for comforter is{parakletos}, which translates to mean counselor, consoler, and advocate. What would the believer do without the Holy Spirit for help and comfort? Jesus promised his disciples that he would not leave them comfortless [see John 14:18] or alone. He would pray to the Father to send the Holy Spirit who was to abide with them as well as with all believers. The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. The Trinity consists of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the least understood member of the Godhead within Christendom. Many churches have taken an approach of controlling the Holy Spirit by excluding its works within their congregation.

Not all churches took the approach of denying the works of the Holy Spirit. In fact, the first Pentecostal movement began in the 18th century and its origins were British. John Wesley founder of the Methodist was an Anglican priest in England. Wesley not only included sound doctrine but the working of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life to be transformed to a new person in Christ and to live a holy live walking in the love of God. We also have Smith Wigglesworth also a Methodist who spoke about the importance of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life. Wigglesworth was adamant about the importance of the filling of the Holy Spirit to guide the believer’s life to be effective in living out God’s will. He exhorted believers to repent and make things right with God to get the gumption of the Holy Spirit back into their life.

Both Wesley and Wigglesworth were moved and controlled by the Holy Spirit to preach the Gospel of Christ to bring renewal and healing to a person’s life. They were man filled by the Holy Spirit to do the work of evangelism. The importance of the love of God and faith are key to the workings of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will always testify of Christ [see John 15:26], for Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. The Holy Spirit will only come when a person desires to repent and be made whole. “Being made free from sin, and becoming servants to God, you have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life,” said the Apostle Paul in Romans 6:22. In fact, Paul exhorts to yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness in this verse and not to iniquity.

Many forget the threefold work of the Spirit in the world as Jesus exclaimed in John 16:8, “reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” If you continue to read verses 9 to 11, you get the full picture of the work of the Spirit.

Of sin, because they believe not on me; of righteousness, because I go to my Father and ye see me no more; of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

John 16:9-11

The comforter speaks to a personal relationship of being one with Christ in teaching us and helping us to remember the word of God. In verse 20 of John chapter 14, Jesus said, “I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” For many the concept of being one in Christ is hard to conceive, yet we believe it in faith, and it becomes a reality when we sense the Holy Spirit in our life. It becomes an experience that we know without a doubt that we have the Spirit of Christ residing within our body. Living as a Christian becomes more then just a confession. It is a turning away from all the negative characteristic of humanity and living a new life that is born in the image of Christ. When we yield to the Holy Spirit we die to self. It becomes as Paul exclaimed in Philippians 1:21, “for me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” The comforter helps us to pray and to live for Christ. May we all pray for the comforter to come and guide, teach, and bring healing to our body , soul, and spirit in Jesus name.