The greatest offense?
*** So, since He forgave us, we can forgive anyone. ***
Date: 1/9/2017 11:05:21 AM ( 4 y ) ... viewed 857 times
So how does someone grieve the Holy Spirit?
** How does this effect you and your Eternity?
Read and Pray for divine discernment of the Holy Scriptures!
Ephesians 4:1-32 (KJV)
1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with long suffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fulfill all things.)
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
18 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:
19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27 Neither give place to the devil.
28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needs.
29 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.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
*** Following Notes from AWMI.org
* Note 25 at Ephesians 4:30:
The Holy Spirit is a person who can be grieved .
(see note 7 at 1 Corinthians 6:11)
* Note 7 at 1 Corinthians 6:11:
The usual term used to describe the Spirit of God in the New Testament is the “Holy Spirit.” It is the clear and undeniable teaching of Scripture that the Holy Spirit is a divine personage. We are told that the Holy Spirit has intelligence and knowledge (1 Corinthians 2:10-13 and 12:8); speaks and guides (Acts 13:2, 16:6, 21:11; Romans 8:14; Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, and 29); commands and appoints people (Acts 8:29; 13:2, 4; and 20:28); has feelings (Ephesians 4:30); and can be lied to (Acts 5:3), resisted (Acts 7:51), and blasphemed (Matthew 12:31).
Divine attributes such as omniscience (John 14:26, 16:12-13; and 1 Corinthians 2:10-11), omnipotence (Psalms 62:11 with Acts 5:3-4; Luke 1:35; Romans 1:4, and 8:11), omnipresence (Psalms 139:7-10), holiness (Luke 11:13 and Romans 1:4), eternalness (Hebrews 9:14), truth (1 John 5:6), wisdom (Isaiah 40:13), and life (Romans 8:2) are all ascribed to Him.
The name of the Holy Spirit is coupled in equality with the Father and the Son (Matthew 28:19 and 2 Corinthians 13:14), and it is identified with the Jehovah of the Old Testament scripture (Isaiah 6:8-10 with Acts 28:25-27, and Jeremiah 31:31-34 with Hebrews 10:15-17).
Symbols of the Holy Spirit used in Scripture are the dove (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10, Luke 3:22, and John 1:32), fire (Acts 2:3), water (John 7:38-39), wind (John 3:8 and Acts 2:1-2), and oil (Luke 4:18, Acts 10:38, 2 Corinthians 1:21, and 1 John 2:27). These are material emblems that help represent and portray the Spirit.
In the life of the believer, the Holy Spirit regenerates (John 3:3-5 and Titus 3:5), indwells (1 Corinthians 6:19), seals (Ephesians 1:13-14 and 4:30), fills (Acts 2:4 and Ephesians 5:18), anoints (1 John 2:20 and 27), guides (Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:16, and 25), teaches (1 John 2:27), comforts (John 14:26), and empowers (Acts 4:31, Romans 8:2, and Galatians 5:16).
There is no such thing as victorious Christian living without a moment-by-moment, hour-by-hour, day-by-day dependence upon the Spirit of God (Romans 7:24-25 and 8:2). Not only is the Christian life hard to live, it is impossible to live without the power of God Himself (John 15:5).
(see note 4 at Acts 5:4)
* Note 4 at Acts 5:4: This is one of the clearest scriptural references about the Holy Ghost being God. In Acts 5:3, Peter said that Ananias had lied unto the Holy Ghost; then in this verse, he said Ananias had not lied unto men but unto God, thereby using the names God and Holy Ghost interchangeably
(see note 2 at Mark 1:10)
* Note 2 at Mark 1:10: All three persons of the Godhead are in manifestation at once: (1) the voice of the Father, (2) the Son in His physical body, and (3) the Holy Spirit in the shape of a dove. This shows that the three Persons of the Trinity are distinct from each other, yet Scripture reveals that They are one (1 John 5:7). The Greek word for “one” in 1 John 5:7 is “HEIS,” and it signifies “a single (one), to the exclusion of others” (Vine’s Expository Dictionary), as well as united in purpose. This same Greek word is used in 1 Timothy 2:5, in which case it clearly means more than sameness of purpose.
The Trinity is first suggested in Genesis 1:26 by God saying, “Let us” (emphasis mine). One God spoke in the plural. Scripture has abundant references to the Father as God (ex. 1 Corinthians 8:6). Jesus is called God (Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1, 20:28; 1 Timothy 3:16; and Hebrews 1:8). The Holy Ghost is called God (Acts 5:3-4). Yet one of the great statements of the Old Testament from Deuteronomy 6:4 says that “the LORD our God is one LORD.” We do not have three Gods but one God clearly identifiable as three Persons. This is a great mystery that we do not have any adequate explanation for. Scriptures reveal the truth of the Trinity but make no attempt to explain it. We simply accept this revelation as it is, until we know all things, even as we are known (1 Corinthians 13:12).
Certainly, any actions or circumstances contrary to God’s perfect plan for us; grieve the Holy Spirit.
More specifically, all the things listed here (Ephesians 4:25-31) grieve the Spirit of God.
* Note 26 at Ephesians 4:31: Bitterness, wrath, and anger are related to each other and at times may become so interdependent that they are hard to distinguish from each other.
- Bitterness is the mildest of these three words. It could describe just resentment toward another person. Bitterness does not have to be expressed.
- Wrath is describing a violent anger, or rage, that is expressed.
- Anger, like bitterness, can be concealed; it does not have to be expressed.
* Note 27 at Ephesians 4:31: Strong’s Concordance defines “clamor” as “an outcry (...tumult or grief).”
It comes from a word that means “to scream” (Strong’s Concordance).
Wuest Word Studies from the Greek New Testament defines it as “the outcry of passion, the outward manifestation of anger in vociferation or brawling.”
Kindness is a characteristic of God’s kind of love
(see my note at 1 Corinthians 13:4). If we love others with God’s love, we will be kind.
The Amplified Bible defines “tenderhearted” as “compassionate, understanding, loving - hearted.”
* Note 28 at Ephesians 4:32:
The basis of our ability to forgive others is the fact that we have been forgiven ourselves. We can’t give what we don’t possess. If we aren’t walking in the forgiveness of God, we won’t minister it to others.
Since we have been forgiven, we can forgive others in the same way that God, for Christ’s sake, forgave us.
He forgave us before we repented or asked for forgiveness.
The offense against Him was infinitely greater than any offense we have ever suffered.
So, since He forgave us, we can forgive anyone.
** all commentaries are from:
Andrew Wommack's Living Commentary.
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