November 27, 2016 Don’t Quench the Holy Spirit

Don’t Quench the Holy Spirit

Apostle Paul includes this imperative in the closing paragraph of his first letter to believers in Thessalonica (1.5.19). Literally, Paul admonishes us to not douse with water the fire that describes the Holy Spirit in Acts 2.3-4. The reason for this is the picture in and reality of Ephesians 3.10-12: we are to make known to “the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places” the “manifold wisdom of God”! This is the result of 2 Corinthians 10.5 leading to 2 Corinthians 5.20 and Paul’s fulfillment of Acts 26.16-18. Further, Paul presents the role and responsibility of the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 3.14-21 for effecting the “manifold wisdom of God”. Consequently, we understand the reason for not quenching or diminishing the Holy Spirit.

A. So that…

  1. The last clause of Ephesians 3.19 expresses His goal for you: to “be filled up to all the fullness of God.” This is important because Jesus is our Head; so, His body (of believers) must be like Him (Ephesians 1.22-23). “Fullness” is the complete measure of maturity for believers equipped with Jesus’ knowledge and faith (Ephesians 4.11-13) for which we strive.
  2. Paul gives us stair steps in Ephesians 3.16-21 that I have connected vertically with the words “so that”; that is, each building upon the previous. The foundation step is the strengthening “with power” (verse 15) of the ‘real’ person, our “inner man (“male and female”; Genesis 5.2), by the Holy Spirit. Paul discusses this power in 1 Corinthians 2.5 and 2 Corinthians 4.7 and 7. Therein, he desires that our power be that of God within us (John 17.21-23; to reveal God). Only God’s power in Jeremiah could “pluck up and break down, destroy and overthrow” satan’s kingdom and “build and plant” the Kingdom of God (Jeremiah 1.10)! The same is true for us.
  3. This “power” is ours so that the Anointing (the meaning of Christ; Colossians 1.26-27; 1 John 2.27) may fill our minds, so that we may be “rooted and grounded” in God’s teachings (Ephesians 3.16-17). The “Anointing” secures us against the storms of relative philosophies and other of satan’s schemes (Ephesians 4.14-16; Colossians 2.8-10). “Love” is defined in John 14.15, 1 John 5.3, and 2 John 1.6 as obedience to God’s commands. Remember the reward of Jeremiah 7.23!
  4. From Ephesians 3.18, we are to be “rooted and grounded” in “love” so that we can “comprehend” the totality of God (Jeremiah 9.23-24; Hebrews 11.3, 6; Genesis 1.1; Isaiah 43.10-11, 22)! How big is your God? Consider that His house in Revelation 21.9-27 is 1,500 miles in length, width, and height! That is where believers in John 14.6 will dwell with Jesus eternally! Can you “comprehend” this?
  5. In Ephesians 3.19, we are to “comprehend” the totality of God so that our Anointing (1 John 2.27) will be greater than all knowledge (the “light” of John 1.9: cosmological logos and epistemological logos: the complete knowledge of mankind)!
  6. We climb these upward stairs with the “strength” of the Holy Spirit so that we may arrive at the “fullness of God” (Ephesians 3.19). You have all of this potential within you! So, do not quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5.19)!

B. How do we quench the Holy Spirit?

  1. By emphasizing Jeremiah 9.23 over 24;
  2. By turning away from God to follow a devolving imagination (Jeremiah 13.10);
  3. By not “asking, seeking, or knocking” as Jesus encourages in Matthew 7.7-11; and
  4. By not hearing and/or obeying what the Holy Spirit tells us (James 1.5-8).

C. The Results of an Unquenchable Holy Spirit.

  1. As Paul concludes in Ephesians 3.20-21 NASB: “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us [i.e., the Anointing of God’s Holy Spirit within us; John 1.12], to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”
  2. Isaiah 64.4 acclaims similarly.

And, thus, we make known to “the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places” the “manifold wisdom of God” (Ephesians 3.10-12)!

Praise God!!! Copyright © by Maurice L. Painter, 2016.

1 thought on “November 27, 2016 Don’t Quench the Holy Spirit”

  1. These are some thoughts as I began reading the first mentioned passages of Scripture of this lesson on keeping the Holy Spirit involved in our lives.
    There may be some redundancy in my comments because of their being compiled at different times during the past few days, but I am sure there is enough consistency to determine the talking points that would be expressed if we were having a face to face conversation.
    It will be noticeable that I believe many Christians aren’t connected with their Spiritual, historical roots because of basically pursuing what is believed from he history of those that were chronologically closest to their Spiritual beginning and negating to consult the views of those who were were a part of forming the history of Christian belief, from its inception in the First Century.
    It is my hope curiosity is peeked at a level that motivates at least a cursory manner to ascertain if there is demand to look in greater detail.

    1 Thessalonians 5:19 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophetic utterances. 21 Test everything; retain what is good. 22 Refrain from every kind of evil.
    1. Praying without ceasing is the will of God for Believers, but what are we to pray for unceasingly, could define the depth to which our prayers are answered.
    a] When considering Jesus came to provide a stronger, secure, connection to the FATHER, a Spiritual connection, rather than a material connection, it seems the FATHER would be more inclined to rate prayers that seek Spiritual clarity at the top of HIS list, with those desiring material gain a little lower on the list.
    b] Some will balk at this suggestion, yet consider the reason God Created Adam and Eve, for a Spiritual connection, a developing of a fellowship.
    c] Material possessions were all around the First Couple as long as they maintained a strong Spiritual connection with their Creator so there was no need to pray for whatever they could enjoy by moving through their environment.
    d] Since the fall of Adam and Eve, mankind’s relationship with God developed a glitch, and sin entered, what was perfect causing mankind to be enticed away from totally being committed to God.
    e]We may not have been availed to the riches of material pleasure that the pristine Garden offered, but the thing that I believed upset God more than anything else was the Spiritual connection that HE enjoyed with HIS first couple, therefore, I believe it is the priority God expects us to have when we ask unceasingly.
    f] It seems to me, if we have our Spiritual self totally aligned with God, the decisions we make will be blessed because they are decisions that we know are within the realm of God’s Will, which can only be discerned because of the time we have spent with HIM.
    2. Isn’t it reasonable to believe a strong Spiritual connection with the Creator of all that exists, would be the top priority God would like to give HIS followers, a renewal of the reason HE created Adam and Eve, so they could commune with HIM and recognize HIS desire to give us/them all they would ever need to be satisfied in life, rather than to believe God wants us to have stuff more than to have HIM.
    a] If we have God’s Spirit living within us we will definitely be able to deal with the good, the bad, and the ugly, that Satan attempts to put in our path.

    Acts 2:3-4 Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
    1. And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
    a]This is speaking of Pentecost, which involved the Apostles of Christ but at this point didn’t appear to be given to the population as a whole.
    b] This seems to be evidence by the population believing the Apostles were drunk rather than having the same ability to speak different languages.
    c] Also, “tongues” seemed to not be a language that is only discernable by a specific person who, had to interpret what was spoken, but were languages common to a group of people even though each spoke a different language.
    2. The visit from the Holy Spirit demonstrates the power Christians have when they invite the Holy Spirit to be a part of daily activities, especially activities that have a questionable connection or support of Christians Theology and practice, which I believe ties in well with the concept of “praying unceasingly” for discernment, allowing success or failure to be the product of prayer that provides discernment.

    Ephesians 3:10-12 so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the principalities and authorities in the heavens. 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness of speech and confidence of access through faith in him.
    1. Notice the Church is mentioned as being the place where the wisdom of God was to be made known, which deviates from the concept that mankind is able to come to the complete understanding of the wisdom of God entirely on his own.
    a] Well maybe not on mankind’s own initiative, but with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, but if this was totally true why would there be such great confusion concerning Theological issues that have been shown to divide, rather than to strengthen the union of Believers?
    b] Consider the stability of the Church began in the First Century as compared to the Church began after the Protestant Reformation and the stability the latter has fostered in the Christian community since its inception in the 1500’s.
    c] The Church was to be the source of learning, a source, through the years that would be built by those charged with leading the Church to put forth doctrinal tenants of how people should come to understand the teaching of those commissioned to preach the Gospel.
    1.] It is noticeable, if one considers the value of understanding the history of the Church, that such a system was operating, defending the precepts and concepts, not only promoted by the preaching of the original leaders of the First Century Church, but also by the Written Scripture that began to written during the First Century, and compiled and accepted as inspired a couple of centuries later.
    2.] It is also noticeable what happens when mankind decides to be the source and summit of Biblical teaching without the aid of wisdom collected through the centuries concerning Biblical meaning, as happened after the Protestant Reformation, when men thought they were free to ignore the constraints of historical Christianity in favor of their personal infallible analysis of what God meant when HE had HIS Words penned.
    3.] The challenge for all Christians, before dismissing those who have faith in the decisions of the Earliest Christians regarding what it meant to be a follower of Jesus Christ, is to become familiar with what was written by the First Christians as they literally sacrificed their lives pursuing Jesus’ command to go throughout the world preaching and teaching what they heard their MASTER tell them to do.
    aa] What did these Descendants of Christ’s Theology believe was the proper way to honor God/Christ, to give HIM, worship HIM.
    bb] What behaviors/actions were accepted as proper postures, gestures, prayers, while worshiping Jesus, as well as what was considered as actions that were considered to initiate salvation.
    2. If the Church is to be the instrument of teaching what was contained in the WISDOM OF GOD, why isn’t the collected teaching of the HOLY SPIRIT, INSPIRED Church, consulted, through the documents this Church produced and used as reference material until the HOLY SPIRIT INSPIRED WRITTEN BIBLE fragments were assembled in one book?
    3. Which Church is the Church that was the Church that people attended at the time Ephesians was being written?
    a] Is this same Church in existence today?
    b] Which of the Churches existing today would be able to say they were the Church that was formed in the 1st century, and what evidence would they be able to use to demonstrate their claim?

    2Corinthians 10:5 and every pretension raising itself against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive in obedience to Christ. 6 and we are ready to punish every disobedience, once your obedience is complete.
    1. This passage seems too put the finishing touch on discerning truth from fiction, from knowing what to pray for, and what is important in living a compatible life with our CREATOR, in the Spirit in which HE designed us to live with HIM, before the fall of the First Couple.

    As time permits, or if questions come forth, I will continue with the analysis of the study.

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