Grieving the Spirit   1 comment

Ephesians 4

Above:  Part of the Original Text


Ephesians 4, 30

The main issue of Christianity is to extricate the sinner and teach him how to live aright.

This involves a change of heart and restoration of communion with God.  [It is for] all classes of men.  None should allow themselves to grieve the the Spirit in his efforts for them:

I.  Because of the solemnity of so personal and recognized a contact with God.

II.  Because he draws near to us only to bring home to our hearts the overtures of God’s infinite love.

III.  Because , if ever saved, it must be through this very influence of the Spirit which we are all here exhorted to recognize.

IV.  Because the Scriptures hedge about the office and work of the Holy Spirit with very solemn and peculiar sanctions.  To blaspheme against the Holy Spirit hath never forgiveness.

1.  Many grieve him by refusing to own [that] they are under his influence and feel his power.

2.  Others by trying to extinguish their convictions, without repentance.

3.  Others by procrastination. This is to trifle with God.  “My Spirit shall not always strive with men.”  When he deports all is lost finally and forever.


Posted November 8, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Ephesians, George Washington Barrett 1914-1956

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