Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5
Galatians 5:16-17—question about last week’s passage:
This I say then, Walk in [by] the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
Spirit and flesh like different things: if your flesh enjoys something it must be bad? Flesh here is not the body, but the sin nature, the impulse of sin in us. Many movements throughout church history tried to convey a denial of the flesh meant you had to be miserable all the time.
1 Timothy 6:17—don’t trust money, trust God who “giveth us richly all things to enjoy”
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Grieve—distress, make sorrowful, to make sad, to offend. This shows the personhood of the Spirit. Grieved because of sin’s effects, rejection of His leading, and of God’s love. Sealed—put a mark on, show ownership and security.
Ephesians 4:25-29 Things from context that would grieve Spirit:
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: 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 labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.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.
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice
He’s talking to believers—members of each other. Lying--Be honest, don’t do anything promoting falsehood, deception, or lies.
Anger is permissible if it’s about dishonor to God or injustice to man. Anger is a deep-seated conviction; wrath is an emotional outburst of irritation. Particular warning against resentment. “The nursing of wrath to keep it warm.”
Give place—make room for the Devil, don’t give him an occasion to act. Anger and wrath will lead to disunity, which the Devil likes.
Steal no more, but rather—not enough to knock off sinful acts, but they should be replaced with holy acts—work and give to others.
Corrupt communication—rotten, insipid, worthless. Instead speak good, profitable, edifying things. Not cliché, throwaway lines, but words that actually provide spiritual help for the need at hand.
Bitterness—sharpness, waiting to explode, extreme wickedness, hatred. Clamour—outward manifestation of anger resulting in fighting.
--doing any of these things grieves the Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 5:19
Quench not the Spirit.
Quench—to put out a flame. Holy Spirit at Pentecost as tongues of fire.
John said Jesus Christ will baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
Matthew 12:20--Smoking flax he will not quench
In context of prayer, thanksgiving, and prophesying—acts of worship involving the Holy Spirit. Not as flashy as other attention grabbing gifts. Do we quench each other in our following of the Spirit?
We work with the Spirit, this is not more flesh working with flesh. Regardless of flesh’s enjoyment, we can grow. God’s love is a huge aspect.
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
Tribulation, rather than being a bad thing, is recognized by the believer as the thing that produces growth. Therefore, we glory in it—boast, rejoice, have joy in.
Experience—approvedness, tested and tried, a veteran rather than a novice. Love was there in past and will be there in future.
Our tribulation, rather than producing shame, gives us hope—we know we are in God’s love. The Spirit is a down payment of His loving promises, and the Spirit pours God’s love into us.
Grow in your understanding of God and His Gospel and the desire to please Him grows too.