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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Do Not Quench the Spirit

Do not quench the Spirit. (1 Thess 5:19)

In addition to the positive commands concerning the Holy Spirit-"walk by the Spirit" (Gal 5:16, 25) and "be filled by the Spirit" (Eph 5:18)-the Apostle gives Christians two negative commands concerning the Holy Spirit: "do not quench the Spirit" (1 Thess 5:19) and "do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God" (Eph 4:30).

Quenching the Holy Spirit indicates hindering the manifestation of the Spirit's power in an individual's life and/or in the life of a church. In the prohibition against quenching the Spirit, the picture is of a fire being extinguished. As demonstrated by an examination of the verses immediately before and after 1 Thessalonians 5:19, quenching the Holy Spirit occurs through sins of omission. These could be personal sins-like a failure to express thankfulness to God (1 Thess 5:8)-or corporate sins, like a failure of the church to heed prophecies (1 Thess 5:20, with "prophecies" understood as occurring within the congregation, hearing the proclamation of inspired words from God).

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