The Messiah in Isaiah Bible Study
Isaiah 63 The Holy Spirit - Grieving or Pleasing?
by I Gordon
|Holy Spirit Gift / Aspect||Verse||Notes|
|Gives gifts and enablings||1Co 12:7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. Heb 2:4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.||All of the different spiritual gifts are given by the Holy Spirit and enabled by the Holy Spirit. If the Holy Spirit has been grieved then He may not be blessing that gift.|
|Gives Assurance - Child of God||Rom 8:15-16 '... but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out 'Abba! Father! The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God.'||The Holy Spirit gives us an assurance that we are saved and enables us to cry out 'Abba', which means 'daddy' to God! He shows us how close God has drawn us, making us his own sons. If a person had grieved or quenched the Holy Spirit they could lose that feeling of intimacy with God and even begin doubting their salvation.|
|Teaches||John 14:26 'But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all the things that I have said.'||The Holy Spirit teaches us and brings scriptures/songs to mind. If he wasn't doing this the bible would be continually boring as he would not be bringing anything alive out of it.|
|Keeps the desires of our sinful nature in check||Gal 5:16 'But I say, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.'||The Holy Spirit is holy, and will always want to lead the believer into holiness in any given situation. If the Holy Spirit had been quenched the desires of the flesh could be well and truly evident.|
|Produces His own holy character||The Holy Spirit produces this fruit. With the Holy Spirit quenched the flesh is in control and produces the exact opposite of these things.|
|Gives discernment||1 John 2:26-27 'I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you.'||The Holy Spirit, (the anointing within us) discerns between true and false teaching. Without this a person could swallow anything.|
|Brings comfort||John 14:16 'I will ask the Father and he will give you the Comforter, that he may be with you forever.'||The Holy Spirit comforts us in our trials. The root of this word means to exhort, comfort, strengthen, and encourage. Pretty hard going without this!|
|Reveals the hidden things to us||1 Cor 2:9-12 'For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God... Now we have received the... Spirit who is from God so that we know the things freely given to us by God.'||The Holy Spirit searches the deep things of God and reveals them to us! And they are the things freely given to us - Grace! If the Holy Spirit wasn't doing this we would slip back into religion and not see the great things that are given to us because of the cross.|
|Can speak through us||Matt 10:20 'For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you,'||The Holy Spirit can speak through us when are witnessing about the Lord, teaching others, giving advice in situations, encouraging others through testimonies etc. If the Holy Spirit was grieved our testimony wouldn't mean anything. It's His witness in the hearer that makes something real. A sermon is more that some scriptures, the odd story and a couple of illustrations. Without God speaking to a person's heart it is just a clanging bell.|
|Helps in prayer and intercession||Rom 8:26-28 'In the same way the Spirit helps us in our weakness for we do not know what to pray what we should...he intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.'||The Holy Spirit helps us in praying, and intercedes for us before the Father! If He was grieved, I think this would be one of the times when His role would increase. He would intercede for us more because He wants more than anything for us to come back into a true relationship with God.|
 ↩ Just as an illustration, my sister Fiona is a piano teacher. She is pretty handy on the black and white keys. In contrast, I couldn't play a half-decent little tune if my life depended on it. When Fiona sits at her piano and plays, a beautiful sound comes forth. It is pleasing, with great melodies and a wonderful rhythmic harmonious sound. When I sit at that same piano and play the only conclusion one can come up with is that there is something terribly wrong with that piano. It must be busted. It now gives disharmony and discord. The piano no longer has rhythm. Stupid piano! But, maybe, just maybe, it is not the piano's fault! Just possibly it all depends on the one whom is in control. Fiona, good. Me, bad. Same with our life. When the Holy Spirit is free to quietly work in a person's life then the results are obvious - The harmonious sound of love, joy, peace, goodness... Yet the opposite can also be evident when we rebel and take control and do our own thing resulting in the clanging and disharmony of a self driven life.
 ↩ A.W Tozer writes: ' Spell this out in capital letters: THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A PERSON. He is not enthusiasm. He is not courage. He is not energy. He is not the personification of all good qualities, like Jack Frost is the personification of cold weather. Actually, the Holy Spirit is not the personification of anything...... He has individuality. He is one being and not another. He has will and intelligence. He has hearing. He has knowledge and sympathy and ability to love and see and think. He can hear, speak, desire, grieve and rejoice. He is a Person.'
 ↩ This is Important. The Believers Bible Commentary says : The fact that He can be grieved shows that the Holy Spirit is a Person, not a mere influence. It also means He loves us, because only a person who loves can be grieved.
In like manner, Ray Stedman writes - 'The word grieve here is a word that is related to love. It is impossible for you to grieve someone who does not love you, nor can you be grieved except by those whom you love. If someone who does not love you is offended by what you do, he is not grieved, but angry, enraged. Grief is always an indication of the presence of love. Therefore this word reveals that God loves us. The Holy Spirit is in us, as Christians, in order to help us, to bless us, to strengthen us, to teach us how to live. The activities that grieve him, therefore, are those that hurt us and harm us and therefore hurt his love.'
I read the following illustration recently of always giving thanks.
In her book The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom tells how she and
her sister Betsie had been imprisoned by the Nazis for hiding
Jews behind the wall of their Holland home, and the Nazi prison
conditions were pretty well unbearable.
Corrie writes:"Barracks 8 was in the quarantine compound. Next to us--perhaps as a deliberate warning to newcomers--were located the punishment barracks. From there, all day long and often into the night, came the sounds of hell itself. They were not the sounds of anger, or of any human emotion, but of a cruelty altogether detached: blows landing in regular rhythm, screams keeping pace. We would stand in our ten-deep ranks with our hands trembling at our sides, longing to jam them against our ears, to make the sounds stop. "It grew harder and harder. Even within these four walls there was too much misery, too much seemingly pointless suffering. Every day something else failed to make sense, something else grew too heavy."
Yet, in the midst of the suffering, the women prisoners around Corrie and Betsie found comfort in the little Bible studies they held in the barracks. Corrie writes they gathered around the Bible "like waifs clustered around a blazing fire...The blacker the night around us grew, the brighter and truer and more beautiful burned the Word of God." When they were moved to Barracks 28, Corrie was horrified by the fact that their reeking, straw-bed platforms swarmed with fleas. How could they live in such a place? It was Betsie who discovered God's answer:
"'"Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all
circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus."
That's it, Corrie! That's His answer. "Give thanks in all
circumstances!" That's what we can do. We can start right now
to thank God for every single thing about this new barracks!'
"I stared at her; then around me at the dark, foul-aired room..."
They thanked God for the fact they were together. They thanked
God they had a Bible. They even thanked God for the horrible
crowds of prisoners, that more people would be able to hear
God's Word. And then, Betsie thanked God for the fleas. "The
fleas! This was too much. 'Betsie, there's no way even God can
make me grateful for a flea.' "Give thanks in all
circumstances,' she quoted. 'It doesn't say, "in pleasant
circumstances." Fleas are part of this place where God has put
us.' "And so we stood between tiers of bunks and gave thanks
for fleas. But this time I was sure Betsie was wrong." It
turned out that Betsie was not wrong; the fleas were a
nuisance, but a blessing after all. The women were able to have
Bible studies in the barracks with a great deal of freedom,
never bothered by supervisors coming in and harassing them.
They finally discovered that it was the fleas that kept those
supervisors out. Through those fleas, God protected the women
from abuse and harassment. Dozens of desperate women were free
to hear the comforting, hope-giving Word of God. Through those
fleas, God protected the women from much worse things and made
sure they had their deepest, truest needs met.
We all have "fleas" in our lives. We all have those things that we can see no use for, things that are obviously horrible, unpleasant, painful things that we want gone. No life is free of 'fleas', but if Corrie and Betsie can be our examples, God can use even these nasty insects for our protection and blessing. As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, lets thank God for His constant care and provision, and for His hidden blessings that come in ways we can easily overlook.
 ↩ Stedman writes: ' The Christian who is always cold and unpleasant to be with obviously has something interfering with the flow of the Spirit's love in his life. He has grieved the Holy Spirit.'
 ↩ My mother's car recently had a slow leak in the back tire. Because it was slow, she didn't notice it. It took someone else to spot it (even though she was driving the car each day!) because the leak was just a little each day. This is the type of 'deflating' that we must be wary of as a Christian. As someone once said: 'Christian failure is seldom a blowout; it is usually a slow leak.'