Grieving and Insulting the Holy Spirit: Grace is Not a False Movement (7)

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This is my 6th response to this article who has accused the Grace Movement as a false teaching: http://www.learningfromthemaster.com/apps/blog/categories/show/1666488-grace-movement

Part 1 of the response is here: https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/grace-teachers-are-not-false-messiahs-grace-is-not-a-false-movement-1/

Part 2 of the response can be found here: https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/myths-that-itching-ears-want-to-hear-grace-is-not-a-false-movement-2/

Part 3 of my response can be found here:https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/penalties-and-repentance-grace-is-not-a-false-movement-3/

Part 4 is here: https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2013/09/10/going-to-hell-by-the-flesh-grace-is-not-a-false-movement-4/

Here’s part 5: https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/going-to-hell-unconfessed-sins-grace-is-not-a-false-movement-5/

Part 6 is found here: https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/romans-7-revisited-grace-is-not-a-false-movement-6/

I want to respond to this part of the article today:

“Repentence and confession are necessary in the life of a Christan, otherwise our communication with God, our relationship with Him, is destroyed by sin. For in the true believer resides the Shekinah Glory (the Holy Spirit). We are the temple of the living God. He has come to abide in us and only those who have repented and confessed their sins will receive the Holy Spirit. This is why within ourselves there is a constant struggle going on as Paul experienced. It is faithfully surrendering to the Holy Spirit’s promptings day by day that bring us into a right relationship with God. To ignore sin is like living in a relationship with your wife or husband and cheating on them. The guilt is overwhelming, the sin dirties you and someone will get hurt when it all comes out. In the same way, the Holy Spirit is hurt by the presnce of sin. Epehsians 4:30 says, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

So, yes it is possible to grieve the Holy Spirit and yet grace theology says, “Don’t worry about it. You’re fine. It’s all good.”

My reply 

First and foremost if the Holy Spirit has sealed you for the day of redemption, He thus will never leave you. Dear friends, we have labored under the erroneous teaching which tells us “We can grieve God’s spirit and cause Him to depart from us”. It is easy to quote something out of its context and place our own condemnation in every work of the spirit. Today let us explore how we can insult and grieve the Spirit of God.

Dear friends,

Let us look at 3 very interesting passages.

Ephesians 4

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.

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

John 14

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know[b] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. 15 “If you love me, keep my commands16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 

17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

and

1 John 3.

19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence:20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

I think you are beginning to get the idea. Firstly, the Bible does not teach that the Holy Spirit is given to you until your next sin. It is given to you forever. John 14:16 says that:

16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever!

Paul also confirms that in Ephesians 4 when he says you are sealed under the day he comes.

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Here’s the next million dollar question….  How can the Holy Spirit be given to you forever, if it is contingent on us obeying our commandments?

The key to understanding this is to know “what are these “commands” which Jesus asked us to obey?” Are they the 10 commandments? I submit in the negative. My reasons and grounds are as follow. We must study what preceded these injunction that our Lord Jesus gave. The answer is simple, He was answering Philip’s question. Let me show you:

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believeon the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. 15 “If you love me, keep my commands.

If we look at the context, you would note that these commands are:

a)      Believe in me that the Father is in me and He shall be in you;

b)      Believe in the miracles that I do; and

c)      Ask anything in my name.

John gives a similar commentary about this passage when he is much older in 1 John 3.

21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us24 The one who keeps God’scommands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

Can you see the parallels?

  1. We will receive what we ask.
  2. God lives in us and we in Him.
  3. The Spirit is given to us.

Note the command here is “to believe in the name of his Son”. Notice what did Jesus ask Philip to do? Believe, believe and ask!

So what are the commandments that Jesus asks of you to obey in order that the Spirit dwells in you forever?

to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.” This is also what Peter means by “obedience”.

Paul calls this the Law of Christ in Galatians 6 and the Law of the Spirit and of Life in Romans 8. So there you have it, grace believers are not lawless. It’s just that they have a higher law than the 10 commandments.

One last issue, what about David the King? The answer lies in this verse in John 14:

17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you.

Dear friends, the Holy Spirit could only come and go on a person before Jesus died on the cross to take away our sins and He did it once and for all. See Hebrews 10. As such before He died, the Holy Spirit could only be with us and not in us at least not forever. After Jesus died, you must understand Jesus’s offering was made through the eternal Spirit. See Hebrews 9: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

That is why, it is the Holy Spirit of all persons in the Godhead that testifies to you “I remember your sins no more”.

See: Hebrews 10

15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:

16 “This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”[b]

17 Then he adds:

“Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.”

How do you grieve the Holy Spirit?

That leaves one last question. What does it means by to “grieve the Spirit”? Let’s look at Ephesians 4 where that phrase comes from:

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.

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

It has to do with:

a)      Words that do not minister grace;

b)      It has to do away with evil speaking (what is “evil speaking”? );

c)      It has to do with not forgiving a person [because he does not understand he has been totally forgiven];

d)     Most important of all, it has to do with NOT knowing that God HAS ALREADY FOR JESUS’S SAKE HAS HAS HAS HAS HAS (I think you get the point) forgiven you.

At such you grieve the Holy Spirit by speaking words and messages that teach, God has only partially forgiven you of your sins. You grieve the Spirit when you say Jesus’ finished work is not enough.

This is what the great Charles Spurgeon spoke about grieving the Holy Spirit: “Again, the Holy Spirit is exceedingly grieved by our unbelief. When we distrust the promise he bath given and applied, when we doubt the power or the affection of our blessed Lord. then the Spirit saith within himself—”They doubt my fidelity, they distrust my power, they say Jesus is not able to save unto the uttermost, thus again is the Spirit grieved.

In the same way you also insult the Holy Spirit!

Insulting the Holy Spirit.

In Hebrews 10 the writer says you insult the Holy Spirit by treating the blood of Jesus as blood of bulls and goats which only give you temporal and annual forgiveness.  The blood of Jesus actually took away your sins once and for all. Once and for all. It is not temporal, it is forever.

29 How much worse (sterner and heavier) punishment do you suppose he will be judged to deserve who has spurned and [thus] trampled underfoot the Son of God, and who has considered the covenant blood by which he was consecrated common and unhallowed, thus profaning it and insulting and outraging the [Holy] Spirit [Who imparts] grace (the unmerited favor and blessing of God)?

In this context common and unhallowed blood is the blood of bulls and goats. The problem with this kind of blood is that forgiveness is only secured temporaily.

The blood of Jesus is different.

Your sins are taken away past, present and yes, despite the monstrous comment by Dr. Michael Brown even your future sins are already forgiven.

Hebrews 10:11-12 (New International Version)

11Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12But when this priest [Jesus] had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.

These two verses are very significant. It contrasts the frequency and results of animal sacrifices with that of Jesus. So that we fully understand the impact of these verses let us first take some time to understand the Old Covenant sacrificial system. The purpose of the sacrificial system is summarized as follows,

Hebrews 9:6-7 (New International Version)

6When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry. 7But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.

The sacrificial system including the temple, the priesthood and its animal sacrifices was to provide a way of dealing with sin and so grant some kind of access into the presence of God. Hebrews analysis of its effectiveness is as follows,

Hebrews 9:8 (New International Version)

8The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still standing.

The Old Covenant sacrificial system did not produce access into the very presence of God. It produced restricted, limited results. Various types of sacrifices were offered daily for the sins of the people.

At this point I would like to highlight the fact that in Old Covenant times there was no sacrifice that could atone for willful sin of the 10 Commandments. If a person deliberately committed adultery, murder or even if a son dishonored his parents they were stoned to death. The sacrificial system only covered sins of ignorance. Lev 4:27 clearly states that “if a member of the community sins unintentionally”; Hebrews says “which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance”. There were no sacrifices for deliberate sins! Where would we all be today if these laws were still in place?!

The fact of the matter is all willful and unintentional sins were never truly punished in Old Covenant times.

Romans 3:25 (New International Version)
25God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—

So already we are starting to see a huge difference between the results of Jesus’ sacrifice and that of animals! God only truly punished all sin – intentional and unintentional – when he presented Jesus as a sacrifice on the Cross.

We are presented with a challenge as we read Hebrews. We have seen that Moses writes that the person was forgiven for sins of ignorance when the appropriate sacrifice was carried out. He said, “In this way the priest will make atonement for them, and they will be forgiven.” Lev 4:20. However as we read Hebrews another picture emerges.

Hebrews 10:4 (New International Version)
4because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

Hebrews 10:11 (New International Version)
11Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.

As far as Hebrews is concerned the sins, although presumably atoned for and forgiven, were never really taken away. How are we to reconcile these two ideas? Here is where the marvel of the blood of Jesus emerges. Under the Old Covenant, the blood of animal resulted only in some type of restricted forgiveness. The sins were never truly punished or taken away as far as Romans 3:25 and Heb 10:4,11 are concerned. The blood of animals could only produce forgiveness on a, restricted basis – temporally.

Hebrews 9:25 (New International Version)

25Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own.

Hebrews 10:1 (New International Version)

1The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.

Every time an Old Covenant believer became aware of an unintentional sin they were to offer a blood sacrifice repeatedly and endlessly because the blood of the animal could only deal with the sin they had just committed. This meant that as soon as they offered a sacrifice and then subsequently committed another sin they had to offer another and then another and then another! This is what Hebrews means when it says that the blood of animals could never take away sins once for all. Fresh blood was required for fresh sins. The blood of animals could not deal with the sin issue once and for all. The blood of animals was restricted in time.

Here is where we read of the superiority of the blood of Jesus. Now that we understand the limited nature of the results of animal blood we can fully appreciate the many statements in Hebrews about the efficacy of the blood of Jesus. Repeatedly we read that Jesus shed his blood “once for all”!

Hebrews 7:27 (New International Version)

27Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.

The contrast here is obvious and we must remember that the reason the priest had to offer repeated fresh blood was because it could only atone and forgive the sin that was just committed. The blood of animals could only deal with past sin, but not future. Jesus only needed to offer his blood once which was good for all people and all time. Let’s consider what happened to sin when Jesus shed his blood.

First of all we need to recognize that when Jesus died for sin he didn’t just die for sins committed up till the point in time that he hung on the Cross. Hebrews is clear that Jesus’ death was for the sins of humanity for all time.

Hebrews 2:9 (New International Version)
9But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

When Jesus died for sin he took upon himself the death penalty and so “tasted death for everyone”. This means that when we read in Hebrews of Jesus dying for sin that this meant the sins of humanity from Adam to the last man.

So what were the results of Jesus’ death? Well we can see from Hebrews 7:27 above that as soon as the priest offered the blood that the committed sins were atoned and forgiven.

Hebrews 9:25-26 (New International Version)

25Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.

Can you see the obvious contrast Hebrews is making here? The priest had to offer the blood again and again simply because it could only deal with the sins committed in the past. Hence the blood was offered again and again. With each fresh sin there was a fresh sacrifice. Fresh blood was required because it could not deal with the sins that were committed after the sacrifice. However, the blood of Jesus achieved what the blood of animals could not. Hebrews is saying that if the blood of Jesus could only deal with past sins then he would have to keep offering himself again and again. But the blood of Jesus did what that blood of animals could not do. It dealt with all sin once and for all!

At the exact point in time that Jesus shed his blood the result was he “he did away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.” Better blood! The blood of Jesus did away with all sin – once and for all. The blood of animals was limited temporally – it could only deal with sins committed in the past. The blood of Jesus did away with all sin of all time in one sacrifice.

If the blood of Jesus did not do away with future sin as well as past sin then it was no different from the blood of animals. Let me repeat, the contrast between the blood of animals and that of Jesus is temporal. The blood of animals needed to be shed again and again for the simple reason that it could only deal with sins committed in the past. The blood of Jesus in contrast however dealt with all sin and put it away for good. Reading Heb 9:25-26 in the context of Hebrews 9:22 we conclude that where blood is shed, at that moment forgiveness results! This means that the moment the blood of Jesus was shed all sin was forgiven.

Hebrews goes onto make this point again and again.

If I committed that same sin again next week I would have to take a new sacrifice for that same sin. This process went on your whole life under the Old Covenant sacrificial system. New blood was required for freshly committed sin. This means that the reason the sacrifices were repeated endlessly was simply because it could only forgive past sins not futures ones. So when Hebrews says that the blood of Jesus dealt with all sin and did way with it, it is saying this in contrast to the limited temporal effectiveness of the blood of animals. The blood of animals dealt with past sin only, the blood of Jesus dealt with all sin – future too. If this is not the case then the blood of Jesus is no better than the blood of animals.

The good news is that the blood of Jesus did exactly what the blood of animals could not do. The Old Covenant worshipper could not be cleansed at an internal level at all. The blood of Jesus did just what the blood of animals could not do. Through the blood of Jesus the believer is cleansed internally once for all.

Hebrews 9:13-14 (New International Version)
13The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

What a stark contrast. The blood of Jesus actually produced what the blood of animals could not. The blood of Jesus is “how much more”! The blood of animals cleansed a person externally and temporarily but the blood of Jesus cleansed the believer at the level of conscience once and forever. Compare this with Heb 10:3 where we read again that the Old Covenant believer with its limited blood remained feeling guilty!

Let’s now consider another contrast. Whereas the continual blood of animals served as a reminder of sins committed the blood of Jesus is no longer a reminder because the sins are no longer remembered.

Hebrews 10:3 (New International Version)
3But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins

Hebrews 10:17 (New International Version)
17Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”

Note the deliberate contrast Hebrews is making here point for point. Animal blood could not cleanse the conscience. The blood of Jesus cleanses the conscience. Animal blood is offered endlessly. Jesus blood is offered once for all. The blood of animals offered repeatedly functioned as a continual reminder of sins. Under the blood of Jesus sins are remembered no more.

As such you would note the teaching of “parental forgiveness” hinges on the guilt of the believer. This teaching which promotes the total forgiveness of sins judicially in the same breath speaks about the need to ask forgiveness from your father, parent-ally. I do not find such teaching in Scripture. While William MacDonald may argue that Jesus used the words “father” when it comes to forgiving other, he fails to note such “commandments” were spoken to Jews and not necessary believers. He also fails to note that these words were spoken before Jesus shed his blood on the cross. After the Cross, Paul and John tells us we have been forgiven. Completely forgiven.

Why such teaching? Because we do not know how to deal with the guilt. As such we bring room for confession into a guiltless relationship with the Father. We confess to “our Father” because of our guilt and not because of our reverence. To revere God to to glory in the work of Jesus that to approach the Father boldly in full confidence in the finished ONCE and FOR ALL work of Jesus. No guilt because it has been removed. It is this removal of guilt that gives us the power of condemnation. We do not live to God by being living under guilt and condemnation. Paul says we live to God by dying to the Law and its ministry (Galatians 2:19). The ministry of the Law condemns. We live in victory from sin under grace. (Romans 6)

1 John 3:5 (New King James Version)

5 And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.

1 John 2:2 (New King James Version)

2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

The NKJV is explicit. When Jesus died he died to take away the sins of the whole world.

Finally we read that when Jesus shed his blood for the sins of humanity God had forgiven all sin – past, present and future. Let us take a quick journey of this idea throughout the book as a whole.

Hebrews 1:3 (New International Version)

3The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

This is the opening theme of the whole book of Hebrews and here we clearly read that Jesus had purified all sin prior to his ascension to heaven. There is no purification of sins being created after the ascension. You were already purified of all sin before Jesus went back to heaven. The very fact that he sat down at his Father’s right hand simply means that his work of purification of sins is over. Purification was provided once for all.

Hebrews makes a series of deliberate contrasts to emphasize the superiority of the better blood of Jesus. Animal blood could not clean the conscience. The blood of Jesus cleansed the conscience. Animal blood is offered endlessly. Jesus blood is offered once for all. The blood of animals offered repeatedly functioned as a continual reminder of sins. Under the blood of Jesus sins are remembered no more. Animal blood offered forgiveness of past sins only. Jesus blood covered all sin for all time. Past, present and future sin has all been forgiven.

When Jesus shed his blood a wonderful gift was produced: the forgiveness of the sins of humanity.

Hebrews 9:12 (New International Version)

12He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.

Note that before Jesus entered heaven at his ascension he had already obtained eternal redemption. When Jesus shed his blood he had produced and so obtained – past tense – eternal redemption. What does the phrase “eternal redemption” mean?

Hebrews 9:12,15 (New International Version)

12He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption … 15For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

It is also pertinent to note that Jesus shed his blood not in the earthly tabernacle but a heavenly one. The offerings of the Old Covenant took place in a place limited by time and space. Heaven however is timeless. It transcends time. Whatever done in heaven lasts forever. Hence by one act, he accomplished what the bulls and goats cannot do. Once but for ALL TIME he took our sins away. We have everlasting redemption.

Eternal redemption means that Jesus paid the ransom price with his blood resulting in mankind being set free from sins!

Paul says the same thing of redemption elsewhere.

Ephesians 1:7 (New International Version)

7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace

Colossians 1:14 (New International Version)

14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Redemption is the forgiveness of sins.

So when Hebrews tells us that through the ransom price of Jesus blood that we have “eternal redemption” this means that Jesus has already provided for mankind “eternal forgiveness”. Within the setting of the book as a whole this is exactly what eternal redemption means. The sacrifices that the priests offered had to be offered repeatedly and endlessly simply because they could not take away future sins. The blood of Jesus did what the blood of animals could never do. The forgiveness offered by the Old Covenant was temporary at best. The forgiveness provided by the blood of Jesus under the New Covenant was eternal.

Where do you stand? Do you feel that your sins form a barrier between you and God? When you sin are you burdened with feelings of guilt? Do you think that somehow by your confession and repentance and by applying the blood of Jesus that you are procuring forgiveness from God? Do you think that the blood of Jesus only covered your past sins when you accepted Jesus and from that time on you needed to claim the blood of Jesus for on-going forgiveness?

Then I would strongly suggest that you need to consider that you are mixing the Old and New Covenants together. To some extent you don’t see the radical break and difference between the blood of Jesus and that of animals. The Old Covenant approach to God was weak and useless and has become obsolete. Heb 7:18; 8:13. Why not enter into the throne room of God unhindered, without feelings of guilt and take time right now and thank Jesus for the glory of eternal forgiveness already provided for you under the blood of the New Covenant!

That is how you grieve the Spirit. He tells you your sins are remembered no more. You tell Him that He is the person who tells you that you are doomed if you sin and that He will leave you when you do. That, my friends is complete nonsense.

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5 thoughts on “Grieving and Insulting the Holy Spirit: Grace is Not a False Movement (7)

  1. Hi Simon, I think Ps JP has a different answer to this. I have forgotten most of his message but the gist is that grieving of the Holy Spirit does not apply to believers.

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