Question #31: Briefly discuss sins the believer can commit against the Holy Spirit in this age.
Answer: (1) The believer can commit sins against the Spirit in that He can be grieved, Eph 4:30:
“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”
The context here suggests we can grieve the Holy Spirit by lying (v.25), getting angry and sinning (v.26), providing opportunity to the devil to rule ourselves (v.27), stealing (v.28), corrupt communication (v.29).
“25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil. 28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Eph 4).
(2) He can be lied to as in the case of Ananias and Sapphira, Acts 5:1-4:
“1But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter 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? 4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.”
(3) He can be quenched, 1 Thess 5:19:
“Quench not the Spirit.”
(4) We can neglect His gifts, 1 Tim 4:14:
“Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.”
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