Some notes…

Some notes…

This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 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 Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
(Ephesians 4:17-32)

The text tells us that the Holy Spirit’s standard is that of Christ, Himself: “But you have not so learned Christ.” (verse 20) : meaning, anything contrary to Jesus, anything which would displease Jesus is something which grieves the Holy Spirit.

Let us not borrow anyone else’s standards. Let us have His standards.

Here is where influence of others, and conditioning thru association, is very significant.

For example, if you regularly watch Christian TV you may have already been conditioned into accepting many things which are against the nature of Jesus of Nazareth without realizing it.

Or if you have a position on the religious pecking order you most certainly have things which grieve the Holy Spirit, which are contrary to Christ, but you may have been hardened to them so that the grief of the Holy Spirit no longer registers in you.

You cannot associate with Pharisees and be free from their “leaven”, their “bad leaven” will “leaven” you, according to Jesus (Matt. 16:6).

 

If we’ve ever grieved the Holy Spirit let us learn from the experience so we don’t do it again.

“But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:14)

We should be distinguishing day by day that which pleases the Holy Spirit from that which grieves Him. If He has registered grief with our thoughts, words or actions then that is this: “…by reason of use” we have our “senses exercised to discern both good and evil”.

“Grieving the Holy Spirit” regards His tutelage, His teaching us.

It may be news to some that the Holy Spirit is no less than God, Himself, and that they, even though they are a new creation in Christ, have the capacity to grieve God, to cause Him grief.

No doubt it is His very own children, whom He has redeemed, those of His own household, who have the greatest capacity to cause Him grief, much more than those outside the Kingdom.
Some false teachers teach that the Holy Spirit can never be grieved, that that would be “negative” or “legalistic” thinking.

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”
(Ephesians 1:13-14)

 

The text speaks of a “new man”:

“And that ye put on the NEW MAN, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” (verse 24)

This new man is created by God and is “after God”, that is, according to the nature of God. The new man is not God, but he is created to be like God in righteousness and TRUE holiness.

This is the highest honor bestowed on man.

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