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Summary: To enumerate two do nots: (1) Do not quench the HOLY SPIRIT's fire, (2) Do not treat prophecies with contempt.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Are you interested in the do not's of the Bible?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To enumerate two do nots: (1) Do not quench the HOLY SPIRIT's fire, (2) Do not treat prophecies with contempt.

IV. TEXT:

1 Thessalonians 5:19-20 (Amplified Bible)

Do not quench (suppress or subdue) the [Holy] Spirit;

Do not spurn the gifts and utterances of the prophets [do not depreciate prophetic revelations nor despise inspired instruction or exhortation or warning].

V. THESIS:

Depend on the HOLY SPIRIT every momen of your life.

VI. TITLE:

Do not

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: Apostle Paul

B. Date written: 49 to 54 B.C. but uncertain

C. Purpose: to comfort believers and encourage them to a life of purity

D. To whom written: Thessalonica church

E. Main themes: Most personal of all of Paul's epistles

F. Keyword: Sanctification

1 Thessalonians 4:3 (Amplified Bible)

For this is the will of God, that you should be consecrated (separated and set apart for pure and holy living): that you should abstain and shrink from all sexual vice,

G. Key verses:

1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 (Amplified Bible)

And may the Lord make you to increase and excel and overflow in love for one another and for all people, just as we also do for you,

So that He may strengthen and confirm and establish your hearts faultlessly pure and unblamable in holiness in the sight of our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) with all His saints (the holy and glorified people of God)! Amen, (so be it)!

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (Amplified Bible)

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud cry of summons, with the shout of an archangel, and with the blast of the trumpet of God. And those who have departed this life in Christ will rise first.

Then we, the living ones who remain [on the earth], shall simultaneously be caught up along with [the resurrected dead] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so always (through the eternity of the eternities) we shall be with the Lord!

Therefore comfort and encourage one another with these words.

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. Do not put the Spirit's Fire

"Do not quench (suppress or subdue) the [Holy] Spirit;"

Mark 3:29 (Amplified Bible)

But whoever speaks abusively against or maliciously misrepresents the Holy Spirit can never get forgiveness, but is guilty of and is in the grasp of an everlasting trespass.

Matthew 12:31 (Amplified Bible)

Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy (every evil, abusive, injurious speaking, or indignity against sacred things) can be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the [Holy] Spirit shall not and cannot be forgiven.

Ephesians 4:30 (Amplified Bible)

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [do not offend or vex or sadden Him], by Whom you were sealed (marked, branded as God’s own, secured) for the day of redemption (of final deliverance through Christ from evil and the consequences of sin).

Don't quence the HOLY SPIRIT. Acknowledge Him in His Divine Instructions for you that's for your benefit to save you from danger.

B. Do not treat prophecies with contempt

"Do not spurn the gifts and utterances of the prophets [do not depreciate prophetic revelations nor despise inspired instruction or exhortation or warning]"

Contempt means "the act of despising", "the act of viewing or considering and treating as mean, vile and worthless. This word is one of the strongest expressions of a mean opinion which the language affords.

Do not despise GOD's Words.

Jeremiah 6:10 (Amplified Bible)

To whom shall I [Jeremiah] speak and give warning, that they may hear? Behold, their ears are uncircumcised [never brought into covenant with God or consecrated to His service], and they cannot hear or obey. Behold, the word of the Lord has become to them a reproach and the object of their scorn; they have no delight in it.

Example of how king Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah despised GOD's Words thru Prophet Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 36:23 (Amplified Bible)

And [each time] when Jehudi had read three or four columns [of the scroll], he [King Jehoiakim] would cut them off with a penknife and cast them into the fire that was in the brazier, until the entire scroll was consumed in the fire that was in the brazier.

Zechariah 7:12 (Amplified Bible)

Yes, they made their hearts as an adamant stone or diamond point, lest they should hear the law and the words which the Lord of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets. Therefore there came great wrath from the Lord of hosts.

Unbelievers continually and on a regular basis despised GOD's Words offering salvation by grace thru faith that is via the LORD JESUS CHRIST, they think they can save themselves by their own efforts: religion, good works, etc.

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