Summary: We grieve the Holy Spirit of God by how we mistreat our brothers and sisters in Christ. See five ways you should not treat your brothers and sisters in Christ.
WESTSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH
PASTOR: TERRY VAUGHAN
SERMON TITLE: GRIEVE NOT THE HOLY SPIRIT
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
A lot of people don’t really understand what the preached word is. Paul said this in the Bible: I don’t preach with the wisdom of mans words but I preach in demonstration to the Holy Spirit of God. He said don’t receive it as the word of man but as it is in truth the word of God.
So what you hear me say tonight, I don’t want you to think for a minute that’s it’s me. I want you to know, understand and realize that it is the preached word. A lot of people will hear the preached word and let it go in one ear and out the other. That isn’t doing you any good. I’ve had people come to me after church and tell me that I got on their toes. I don’t want to get on your toes. I want the word of God to get implanted in your hearts and in your soul and in your minds. This is the true word of God whether I preach it or someone else does. This is what we’re here to preach and to proclaim and it is the only thing that will change peoples lives and help people to come to know Christ better and to help us live better as Christians. We need to recognize the preached word of God as being the most special and the most sacred thing this side of heaven. I’m thankful tonight that God saw fit to call this old country boy part of the ministry. I’m thankful to be able to be just a mouth piece for him.
TEXT VERSE: Ephesians 4:30-32 “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.”
Paul said for us not to grieve the Holy Spirit of God. Now first of all you might say, “What is the Holy Spirit?” The Holy Spirit is the third part of the God head trinity. Even though God is one, he comes in three parts. God the Father. God the Son. God the Holy Spirit. Now it started in heaven as God the Father and He sent His only begotten Son into the world to die for your sins and mine. See we couldn’t pay for our own sin debt. We fell and come short of the Glory of God. There’s no way any of us could work our way into heaven. No matter what we do or no matter how good we are or how many times we go to the house of God. There’s no way anybody could work their way into heaven. Thank God it takes the blood of Jesus Christ. God sent his son to shed his blood on the cross of Calvary for you and I to pay our sin debt. When we accept Christ into our heart as our personal savior, then we’re sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. Jesus said if I go away, I’ll send you another comforter and that comforter is the Holy Spirit. And so we have as Christians the Holy Spirit of God within us. And Paul said to not grieve the Holy Spirit of God. I want to share this with you these few verses.
Mark 3:29 “But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.”
Now that verse is talking about those men and women that are lost in this world and when the Holy Spirit speaks to their heart and starts to deal with them and they start denying that it’s God, start denying the Holy Spirit; Mark 3:29 says they have blasphemed against the Holy Ghost. If they die in that condition; lost, there’ll never be another opportunity to get forgiveness but they’ll be in danger of eternal damnation.
Then in Acts 5:3 You’ll read a story about Ananias and his wife Sapphira and the Bible said they lied to the Holy Ghost. Now I believe they were church goers and they were supposed to have taken the of the first fruits of their life; their offerings and their tithes and their time and their service and through the Holy Spirit, offered these things to help the church grow. Help the body of Christ. But Ananias and Sapphira kept back part and the Bible says they lied to the Holy Ghost and let me tell you what happened. Peter found out and he said “ Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?” The Bible says that Ananias fell down dead and then his wife came in and he began to talk to her. She was a part of it. She was right there with her wretched old husband and he lied to the Holy Ghost and she lied to the Holy Ghost and then she fell down dead.