Quench not the Spirit’s fire

Holy Spirit, fire, water, quench

Though the Bible instructs Christians not to quench the fire of the Holy Spirit, who testifies of the truth of Jesus Christ, there is unfortunately a disinterest in the spiritual gifts in some Christian circles.

The Bible says, “behold, I the Lord God changeth not” (Mal. 3:6). If the Holy Spirit is God (Matt. 28:19), which he is, then why do we quench the Spirit’s fire (1 Thes. 5:19) and believe not in the miracle working power and gifts that he encompasses?

The same supernatural experiences that the apostles encountered in Acts are still capable of happening, because the Holy Spirit remains with us in the earth. When Jesus ascended from the earth some 2,000 years ago, he left with a promise: “. . . it is best for you that I go away, for if I don’t, the Comforter won’t come. If I do, he will–for I will send him to you” (John 16:7). Not only did Jesus leave us a Comforter, but he also said to his disciples, “But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power to testify about me with great effect, to the people in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria and to the ends of the earth, about my death and resurrection” (Acts 1:8).

Being charged as ambassadors for Christ by the God who wants all men to be saved (1 Tim 2:4), why would God not want us to still operate in this power to testify of the risen savior and Lord of all, Jesus Christ? Moreover, being indwelt by that Spirit (Eph. 1:13), that we have the divine permission and authority to exercise those rights (John 3:34, 1 Cor. 12:7-11; 14:12)?

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~ by christianballenger on April 22, 2011.

2 Responses to “Quench not the Spirit’s fire”

  1. Hello,

    Is the photo of the glass with fire/water copyrighted or trademarked in any way?Can someone use this or have permission to use this?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Tabitha,

      I remember finding the picture on a Google search. You would likely need to get permission from the originator to use the photo for commercial purposes. Otherwise, I say go for it.

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