Pastor Floyd Koenig
The Persons of the Holy Trinity each have a distinct work to do in the great plan of redemption. Because their work and appearance is different, we find that sins can actually be committed against the separate Persons of the Godhead (Mt. 12:32).
The Holy Spirit has the particular work of dealing with menís hearts and bringing them to receive the saving benefits of Christís work. He indwells the saints and is present with the Lordís churches. He also convicts the unsaved and strives with sinners. Because of His work in our lives and in our midst, the Bible mentions certain sins that are committed against Him as He carries out His special work.
We need to be sensitive to the dangers of displeasing the Spirit of God.
Letís consider some ways in which the Holy Spirit can be sinned against.
I. WE CAN LIE TO THE HOLY GHOST
2. They were hypocritical in their giving.
3. They wanted to appear more spiritual than they really were.
4. Here is a warning to anyone who seeks praise for a sacrifice that he doesnít make.
2. Men forget that to trifle with Godís House is to trifle with God.
3. In carrying out their sin, Ananias and Sapphira were tempting God (v.9).
4. Their offering was an affront to God.
5. Their execution was Godís work to keep the church pure.
6. This action of God was meant to impress upon each member of the church the seriousness of sin and rebellion.
- He is not a mere influence or impersonal force, since He can be lied to.
2. We see here that the Holy Spirit is God.
- When Ananias lied to the Holy Spirit, it is stated that he lied to God (vv. 3-4).
- Here is a clear affirmation of the deity of the Holy Spirit.
A. We are commanded not to grieve the Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:30).
2. He dwells in those He loves to help and bless them.
3. The fact that He seals us until the day of redemption shows that He will never forsake us.
4. Knowing the Spiritís love for us should motivate us not to grieve Him.
5. He has done so much for us that, out of gratitude, we ought not to grieve Him.
2. The Spirit is perfectly holy and sin is an offense to Him.
2. We can grieve the Holy Spirit by harboring sinful attitudes (Eph. 4:31).
3. We can grieve the Holy Spirit by committing sinful acts (Eph. 5:3).
- May God help us to walk carefully as we remember His presence.
A. We are warned not to quench the Spirit (I Thess. 5:19).
2. We quench the Spirit when we refuse to follow His gracious leading and when we do that which is contrary to His will.
2. Men like David, Abraham, and Jonah seem to have quenched the Spirit for a time and paid dearly.
1. When we rebel against the instructions and commands of Godís Word.
2. By stifling the Spiritís rebukes when we have grieved Him.
3. By resisting the Spiritís inner leadership for our lives.
A. Stephen accused the Jews of resisting the Holy Spirit as did their fathers (Acts 7:51).
2. God had given the Israelites ample proof of His power and provision, and yet they rejected Him and refused to enter into His place of rest.
V. SOME HAVE COMMITTED BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT
A. Jesus warned of the danger of committing the unpardonable sin (Mt. 12:31-32).
2. In doing this, they blasphemed the Holy Spirit by whose power Christ had worked (Acts 10:38).
3. Our Lord proclaims this sin to be unforgivable (Mt. 12:32).
2. The Pharisees had attributed Christís miracles, which were performed by the Holy Spirit, to the devil.
3. Christ is no longer in the world performing His miracles; therefore,
this particular sin cannot be committed in our day.
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