Do Not Quench the Spirit
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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