"Do not quench the Spirit."
Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:19
UNDERSTANDING THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The work of the Holy Spirit is not always well understood. Paul sheds light on how we may understand the work of the Spirit of God.
“Do not quench the Spirit of God. Do not despise prophecies.
Test all things; hold fast what is good.
Abstain from every form of evil.”
1 Thessalonians 5:19-22
1. “Do not quench the Spirit of God”
a) One of the emblems of the Spirit of God is fire.
b) Fire symbolizes great zeal.
c) Zeal should never be quenched.
2. “Do not despise prophecies”
a) This text must be read within the context of the first century church.
b) The Spirit of God would sometimes give a prophetic word to the New Testament prophets.
c) These prophecies were not to be despised for they come from the Spirit of God.
3. “Test all things; hold fast what is good”
a) The believer must not be naive.
b) He must test all things.
c) The Spirit of God is not offended when we test all things.
i) Zeal must be tested.
ii) Prophecies must also be tested.
d) Some will not pass the stringent tests applied.
e) Those which pass the test are the things which are “good”.
f) These proven good things are to be held fast.
4. “Abstain from every form of evil”
a) That which is evil cannot be from the Spirit of God.
b) We must abstain from all forms of evil.
c) It takes much wisdom to discern between good and evil.