“Quench not the Holy Spirit.” (1 Thessalonians 5:19, KJV)
“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” (Ephesians 4:30, KJV)
The Word of God informs us that our God is a HOLY SPIRIT. We, thus, are told that we must be holy even as God is holy, and that we must worship God in Spirit and in Truth. Now, since His Holy Spirit lives inside our human spirits, then, before we can be holy as God is holy, and before we can worship God in Spirit and in Truth, we first must become intimate with God—come to know Him and who we are in Him. This intimacy is achieved when we communicate with God, SPIRIT to Spirit.
For sure, all communications with God (prayer, praise, thanks, seeking, entreating, worshipping, singing, playing sacred music, and so forth) happen in our human spirits, because, once we become born again and saved believers (once our human spirits have been regenerated, cleansed and purified, and once we have been justified), then the Holy Spirit moves us in our spirits to communicate with God. The Holy Spirit is able to move our spirits (influence our spirits) to communicate with God, because when we become born again and saved believers God’s Holy Spirit tabernacles within us, as well as subsequently infills us.
Whereas, the communication between God and mankind once was severed by the first Adam, it now has been restored by the saving Grace of God, the atoning sacrifice of Jesus the Christ, and the power of God’s Holy Spirit. In other words, although we ALL are born spiritually dead, meaning that the deplorable condition of our sinful natures is such that it is impossible for any human being to communicate with God or be in fellowship with Him, yet it is through the preached Word of God that His Holy Spirit is able to influence our desire to be receptive to the Grace of God and His Holy Spirit’s power, as they (God’s Grace and Power) work together in the supernatural regeneration of our dead human spirits. The ONLY way that our spirits can be restored and reconciled back to God is through the new birth process, which is followed immediately by our acceptance of Jesus the Christ as our personal Savior and Lord. When we experience our new births and then accept God’s redemption plan, then we are able to communicate and fellowship directly with God, SPIRIT to Spirit.
Even though we are humans, God has made us in His image. Just as God is the Godhead—a triune God, or three Persons in One (Father God the SOUL, Christ the BODY, and the Holy Spirit the SPIRIT)—we too are triune persons. We have a spirit and a soul, and they are housed in a body. The ONLY part of us, however, that has been made anew during our initial salvation experience is our spirit, and this divine truth means that our soul and body still need to be renovated.
Concerning the human body’s transformation, our bodies will not be changed until we have been glorified—completely transformed into the image of God. According to the Word of God, this transformation will not be completely accomplished until we have been changed in “…a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump…when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:52a, 54a, KJV). Of course, in these cited verses, the Apostle Paul is alluding to the Rapture, which, in another well-know passage, he describes as the dead-in-Christ and the alive-in-Christ believers being “caught up” in the air where they will meet their Lord in the clouds and be with Him forever more (cf. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17). In the Greek language of the New Testament, this “caught up” phrase, as used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, is called aJrpavzw. The Greek word aJrpavzw has been transliterated as harpazo, and harpazo means to “snatch out” or to “snatch away,” as well as to “pluck,” to “catch away,” to be “caught up,” or to be “taken by force.”
Concerning the human soul’s transformation, we are to renew our souls daily. The Apostle Paul speaks about this divine truth, and he says that we are to “…be not conformed to this world: but be…transformed by the renewing of [our] mind…” (Romans 12:2a, KJV). In this verse, the English word “mind” is translated from the Greek word nou’ï, which is transliterated as nous. Nous not only means the “mind” but also, according to Strong’s number 3563, which is cited here from the King James Version New Testament Greek Lexicon, nous means having the ability to “reason in the narrower sense, as the capacity for spiritual truth, the higher powers of the soul, the faculty of perceiving divine things, of recognising goodness and of hating evil.”
Spiritually speaking, our soul is our mind, will, emotions, and desires. Therefore, since our soul can become so easily defiled by our carnal (fleshly) desires and become defiled as the result of the emotional choices we make, it is sad to say but even born again and saved believers often will be guilty of quenching or grieving the Holy Spirit—causing Him to stop revealing, teaching, leading, guiding and prompting us, which, in turn, will cause all communications with God to cease again. The reason why there is an interruption in our SPIRIT to Spirit communications is because neither the Holy Spirit nor God can take part in our objectionable communications (our excess of affections, as in our fits of anger and our malicious hatred; our condescension to our ways of thinking; our corrupt discourse/filthy words; our disobedience, and/or our habitual sinning). Therefore, when we are acquiescing to our own soulish desires, emotions, wills, and evil thoughts instead of following the teachings, leadings and promptings of the Holy Spirit, God’s Holy Spirit no longer can operate as an “active” participant in our lives and, therefore, we will not have any spiritual power or authority to call upon when we quench and/or grieve the Holy Spirit.
In other words, we quench and/or grieve the Holy Spirit when we do not control our vulgar tongues, our unstable feelings, or our knee-jerk reactions to someone who has wronged us. Once again, we have the Apostle Paul’s spiritual wisdom, understanding and knowledge on this issue. The apostle says that the way we avoid quenching and/or grieving the Holy Spirit is by letting “…no unwholesome word proceed from [our] mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear….” The Apostle Paul adds that we also will avoid quenching (suppressing or stifling Divine influence) or grieving (antagonizing, hurting, or causing sorrow for) the Holy Spirit, when we let “…all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from [us], along with all malice.” Lastly, the apostle commands us to “…be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven [us]” (Ephesians 4:29, 31-32, NASB).
For sure, the love of God that has been planted in our born-again spirits can be suppressed by our defiled souls’ influences. In other words, when we are controlled by our souls instead of being controlled by the Holy Spirit, then our own spirits will suffer loss. Consequently, our spiritual walk with God and our Lord will be slowed down, and this slow-moving progress is what we experience when we quench and grieve the Holy Spirit.
For this reason, our God wants us to be individuals who are both Holy Spirit driven (controlled) and Holy Spirit led. Since the Holy Spirit living inside of us is the ONLY One who “…beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Romans 8:16, KJV), then as often as we let the Holy Spirit control how we demonstrate our love for our God, by showing Him that we love Him with ALL of our strength, might and mind, and that we love our neighbors as we love ourselves, the more the Holy Spirit will be able to influence the development of our intimate communications with God. Our intimate communications with God in turn will create more and more opportunities not only to fellowship with God (SPIRIT to Spirit) but also more and more opportunities to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth (according to the Holy Spirit’s teachings on and revelations of the Truth, which is the Word of God). Thus, when we are being driven and led by the Holy Spirit, the love that is within our spirits, and our outward expression of that love, will affect the people to whom we are sent to minister and/or the people to whom we are sent to share the Good News.
We ALL were created to be the salt of the world and the light that cannot be hidden, and we ALL were created to do and say ONLY what will please and glorify God. However, before we can glorify our God, and before we can be that salt (be an example of incorruptibility, purity, durability, fidelity, spiritual perfection, spiritual wisdom, and hospitality) or that light (be a beacon “light” in this dark world that reflects God’s Shekinah Glory, which is what makes it possible for us to point others in the direction of Jesus the Christ), we must be delivered from our souls’ influences and our carnal (fleshly) lusts. Once again, it is the Apostle Paul who enlightens us about the ways in which we can achieve this aforesaid deliverance. The apostle implores us “…by the mercies of God, that [we] present [our] bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is [our] reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be…transformed by the renewing of [our] mind, that [we] may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1-2, KJV).
God’s Perfect Will is for us to not be wrapped up, tied up, and tangled up, once again, in sin. The way that we keep from being deceived by the Devil’s wiles that Satan uses to influence our minds (souls) and, eventually, convince us that it is okay to behave ungodly—to disobey God’s commandments, to walk after the flesh, to be prideful, to be hateful, to be bitter and angry to the point of sinning, and so forth—we must “…be filled with the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:19b, KJV). Being filled with the fullness of God means that we must have ALL of the presence, power, authority, and riches of God, Jesus the Christ, and the Holy Spirit so that we can mature, spiritually speaking, and function in this world as the persons God called us out of sin’s “darkness” to become.
God called us out of sin’s “darkness,” because He wanted, and still wants, us to become the true salt and the true light. However, as aforesaid, we cannot be the true salt and true light, if we haven’t been filled with the fullness of the Godhead. Once we are filled with the Godhead, then we truly will realize the abundant life God has in store for us. When we are filled with the Godhead—filled with Father God, Jesus the Christ, and the Holy Spirit (filled with God’s SOUL, or mind; filled with Christ’s love, holiness, and righteousness; and filled with the Holy Spirit’s power, authority, spiritual gifts, anointings, and so forth)—we then will know beyond a shadow of a doubt who we are in God and how much God is able to do for us, which is an abundance that far exceeds whatever we could ever ask, or think about asking. When we are filled with the Godhead, we will understand that the Godhead only operates in our lives according to the dunamis power (the righteous and moral power and excellence of the soul) that lives in us and works through us, SPIRIT to Spirit (cf. Ephesians 3:20).
Lastly, when we are filled with the fullness of the Godhead, we are receptive and obedient to the Holy Spirit’s leading; guiding; teaching; prompting; revealing of God’s mysteries; sanctifying of our spirit, soul and body; and renewing of our minds. When we are not filled with the fullness of the Godhead, even though God’s Holy Spirit does tabernacle within our spirits, because the Holy Spirit has not infilled us—baptized us, or saturated us with the Godhead’s power; authority; anointings; empowerments; spiritual wisdom, knowledge, and understanding; the peace of God; and so on—the Holy Spirit cannot keep us from remaining as carnal believers who follow after our own lusts and desires, our own will, our own emotions, and our own thinking. Indeed, our own emotional choices and carnal desires are how we quench and/or grieve the Holy Spirit and, thus, block Him from being able to convict us of our sinful and ungodly behaviors. As a result, our sanctification process has been stopped, and so has our intimate fellowship with God and our worship of Him. Therefore, where there is no intimate fellowship with God, and where there is no Spirit and in Truth worship, there also will not be any communicating with God, SPIRIT to Spirit, for even our prayers will be hindered!
Are we the true salt and the true light? Are we intimately communicating with God? Have we quenched and/or grieved the Holy Spirit? Has our sanctification process stopped?