Quench Not the Spirit

I Thessalonians 5:19

In our study of the ministry of the Holy Spirit we understand that every believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation. We also find that there are several direct commands from the Scripture concerning the Spirit of God and believers. Tonight we want to look at one of them. This command comes at the close of Paul's first epistle to the Thessalonians. Notice chapter five and beginning with verse twelve. We see the apostle pulling together the final part of his letter. As he begins to close it seems that many exhortations came to mind as he completed the epistle. One of those closing exhortations is "Quench not the Spirit".

What was Paul talking about? Some would use this verse to try to prove that one can lose their salvation and that the Spirit of God can be put out of their lives. We know that this is a misinterpretation as we compare scripture with scripture. Paul wrote to the Ephesian believers admonishing them to be careful not to grieve the Holy Spirit who has sealed them until the day of redemption. We will discuss that more at a later date.

The dictionary gives four basic definitions of the word "quench". It means to put out or extinguish; to suppress or squelch; to slake or satisfy one's thirst; and to cool by thrusting in water or some other liquid.

Within the context of this verse we understand it to mean suppressing or squelching the influence of the Holy Spirit of God in the life of a believer.

I. Some Observations:

II. Jesus Christ is our Example.

III. What does it mean to be yielded to God?

Quench not the Spirit. Don't say no to God. Don't seek solutions apart from His leading or treat Him with indifference. We must be willing to be led. Be willing to go, to be, and to do whatever God might choose