The Holy Spirit

And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30 ESV

 

Ephesians chapter one also uses the word sealed in reference to our salvation. Being sealed with that holy Spirit of promise which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession (that’s us).  In other words, the Holy Spirit is the person that seals our belonging to the Lord and is the proof of our inheritance for all things in the family of God. 

 

He who did not withhold his own son, how shall he not with Him, freely give us all things. Outside of salvation, the greatest gift we have been given by the Father is His spirit.  He comes as the personification of the Fathers love to live in us, leading us and guiding us each day.  He is our vital connection to the Father and the one who always works to keep us one with them; Father and Son.  The Holy Spirit is the One who prompts us to read our Bible.  ‘To pray always’ is prompted by the Holy Spirit.  Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. The ability and strength to do any and all things set before us from the Father and enabled by and through the Holy Spirit.  We are strengthened with might by His Spirit in our inner man

 

When we come to Ephesians 4:30 and these instructions to not grieve Him, we come with an understanding first of all that He can be grieved.

 

The word grieve is lupe (λύπη, 3077) signifies “pain,” of body or mind; it is used in the plural in 1 Pet. 2:19 only, rv, “griefs” (kjv, “grief”); here, however, it stands, by metonymy, for “things that cause sorrow, grievances”; * Vine, W. E., Unger, M. F., & White, W., Jr. (1996). Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old  and New Testament Words (Vol. 2, p. 281). Nashville, TN: T. Nelson. 

 

Ephesians 4:29 instructs to let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth but that which is good to the use of edifying that it many minister grace to the hearer and verse 31 states to let all bitterness and wrath, and anger and clamour and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice, and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, Even as God for Christs sake has forgiven you.  These things show us what grieves the Holy Spirit. 

 

If, and it is, His relationship role is to make us one and keep us in the love of God, we then understand why these scriptures are so important.  Jesus reminds us a house divided can not stand.  The division can only occur where the heart removes itself from dealing with people from a place of love, literally shutting up the heart of compassion.  Shutting up and shutting down the Holy Spirit are grievous acts because to do this we must first separate ourselves from the Holy Spirit.  

 

There is to be no corrupt communication; [corrupt, rotten” (akin to sepo, “to rot”), primarily, of vegetable and animal substances, expresses what is of poor quality, unfit for use, putrid] BUT only those words that edify [build up]  and minister grace [enabling power of God] to the hearer. These are the words the Holy Spirit is ALWAYS endeavoring to communicate TO us and through us to others.  

 

Our standard, EVEN AS (from Ephesians 4:31) is applicable to every area of our lives.  We don’t get to pick and choose. We conform. We’re transformed. We become and as we do the Holy Spirit has greater rule and influence in every thought, word and deed expressed through our lives. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Always learning......

"...always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth..." 2 Timothy 3:7.  

 

 

While this scripture is speaking about ‘weak women burdened with sins and led astray by various passions’, there is a further principle here that I would like to discuss.

 

David always says, “You don’t know what you don’t know”.  If my world is framed by the constant feeding on the familiar then I am simply enhancing and sharpening, my knowledge of the known; a good thing, but to truly grow into the fullness of Christ, (to come to the knowledge of truth) I must surround myself with new and different things with a WILLINGNESS to hear, to see and ultimately allow the Spirit of God to shape that into my heart with an understanding that bears great fruit in my life. 

 

David is great about this; me, not so much.  My initial reaction to new thoughts presented from the word are to say, Wait a minute, is that really what the word says?  When I’m not seeing it like you are saying it requires a willingness on my part to embrace something different and unknown to me.  

 

James exhorts us to receive with meekness the engrafted word which is able to save our souls.  Romans tells us that we are to be renewed by the transforming of our minds.  We can’t begin to transform anything if we think we know everything AND believe that what we know is the fullness of truth.  Rejecting a truth is simply another form of limitation that we set into our life and world.  

 

We’ve just gotten home from a wonderful time with a group of ministers working through the processes of transitioning their churches.  It was a great time of study, conversation and insights by the Spirit of God.  It began with the Holy Spirit telling us He had seeds to sow that would bring forth greater fruit and revelation for us.  He was rooting out and pulling down the limitations of our thought patterns to enlarge us for His greater capacity. 

 

The Holy Spirit is always wanting to increase us with the increase of God.  I know in part and as a part I can only add my part and MUST have the other parts to enlarge me.  Where I am unwilling to see and hear, I am limited.  

 

Jesus said to his disciples, “Blessed are your eyes because they see, and blessed are your ears, because they hear.”  We don’t need to be afraid of hearing new and different thoughts because we do have the ability to rightly discern by the Holy Spirit living in us. The word of God divides soul and spirit, and when preached the great teacher in us leads us and guides us into all truth through the word of God.  

  

The word of God is profitable for instruction.  I don’t know everything there is to know in it.  I don’t see as clearly or as deeply as I need to. I want to be a lover of truth, willing to embrace truth and grow in the fullness of the measure of the stature of Christ.  

 

We are supposed to be ever learning with the end goal of coming to the knowledge of the truth.