The Person of the Holy Spirit Part 10 The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Believer -- By: John F. Walvoord

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 099:395 (Jul 1942)
Article: The Person of the Holy Spirit Part 10 The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Believer
Author: John F. Walvoord


The Person of the Holy Spirit
Part 10
The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Believer

John F. Walvoord

(Series Continued from the April-June Number, 1942)

[Author’s Note: This article continues the subject of the filling of the Holy Spirit begun in the last article with the discussion of the nature of the filling of the Spirit. In the present article, the important conditions for the filling of the Spirit and the results of the filling of the Spirit are presented.]

{Editor’s note: Footnotes in the original printed edition were numbered 14–24, but in this electronic edition are numbered 1–11 respectively.}

II. The Work of the Holy Spirit in Filling the Believer (cont.)

2. The Conditions for the Filling of the Holy Spirit.

Introduction.

The excellent work on the Holy Spirit by Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer, He That Is Spiritual, has done much during the last twenty-five years to direct attention to the simple and effective outline of this subject provided in the Scriptures themselves. In 1 Thessalonians 5:19, the command is given, “Quench not the Spirit.” In Ephesians 4:30, another command is found, “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” A third command is recorded in Galatians 5:16, ”This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” These three Scriptures provide a divinely-inspired outline of the conditions for the filling of the Holy Spirit. While there are many aspects to the spiritual life and experience, all will be found to be related to these simple commands. The importance of these Scriptures as the key to unlocking the truth of the conditions for the filling of the Holy Spirit cannot be overemphasized. It is a sad commentary upon much so-called exhortation that it deals with the externals rather than the primary causes for defeat and spiritual apathy. As one turns to this important subject, it must be with a new realization that herein is one of the most important doctrines of the Scripture.

a. Quench Not the Spirit.

(1) Definition.

The expression found in 1 Thessalonians 5:19 is nowhere

formally explained in Scripture. Quenching is often used in the Bible in its proper physical sense, as illustrated in Matthew 12:20, where Christ spoke of not quenching flax, and in Hebrews 11:34, the hero...

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