As we continue on our very long journey of discovery through I Thessalonians, we come to an interesting verse. There are some who would say this verse means anyone can say anything in church because what they are saying may be from the Holy Spirit.
But we know that is not the case because even in the early church, where there were supernatural prophecies and the witness of tongues the Scripture says, “Let all things be done decently and in order” (I Corinthians 14:40). It doesn’t mean that you can lose your salvation, that the Holy Spirit comes and goes in your life because Ephesians 4:30 says that by the Holy Spirit we are “sealed unto the day of redemption.” He doesn’t come and go but abides permanently.
So what does it really mean? Before we can answer that question, we need to all understand that from the moment we were genuinely saved, the Holy Spirit came to live within us, to indwell us. Ephesians 1:13 says, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also, after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.”
The Holy Spirit has come into our lives to sanctify us, grow us up, mature us spiritually, and to make us like Jesus. With that purpose, the Bible tells us that He leads us, teaches us, comforts us and so on. The bottom line is that the Holy Spirit helps us discern truth, the truth about God and about ourselves.
“Quench” comes from a Greek word that means “to extinguish, put out, squelch or suppress.” Tomorrow we will look more in depth at this word. For today, be encouraged that if you are saved, The Holy Spirit lives with you!