This is Part 2 in the series, “The Sins against the Holy Spirit”
The Holy Spirit is the instrument of our sanctification even though we can quench the Spirit.
How does the Holy Spirit bring about our sanctification? There are at least four ways.
First, He illuminates the Word
That is to say, the Spirit not only wrote the Word, but He dwells in us as the illuminator of the Word. That is absolutely essential. Consider the following verses that each reflect this truth:
2 Peter 1:20
1 Peter 2:2
1 John 2:20-27
The lesson here is that you can quench the Holy Spirit by not spending time reading the Bible, the very Word of God. The spirit cannot illuminate your mind in the varied and wondrous ways of the Bible unless you make the effort to read it.
Second, He moves us along the path of separation to holiness
He brings us into intimacy with God. This is an essential component in our spiritual growth. We need time with God. Consider especially Galatians 4:6. You can quench the Spirit here, too, by avoiding intimate fellowship with God.
Third, the Holy Spirit makes Christ precious, a treasure to us
The Spirit shows us Christ. That is because the goal of our holiness is to be like Christ. This is made clear in:
1 John 2:6
John 15:26 and John 16:14-15
1 Corinthians 12:3
You can quench the Spirit in this case by allowing Christ’s role to diminish in your daily walk.
Fourth, the Holy Spirit wants to move me into God’s will through obedience and strengthening
This is a two-fold action. Initially, it means obedience to the will of God revealed in the Scripture. He wants to move you to be obedient. Consider these following verses:
The process of sanctification, then, involves progress, and it means I have to do God’s will. The Spirit prompts me to obey the Word of God, by convicting, and sometimes chastening me if I don’t.
Along with this, the Spirit of God orders the providences of my life. He directs the events, and circumstances, and whispers in my conscience, through my desire, and sends me in the direction He wants me to go. All of that is moving me in the process of sanctification.
The second step of moving us into God’s will is that He strengthens us inwardly. All of this progress requires inward strength. As we just noted, it’s not for us to order our own steps; we don’t have the strength. See Zechariah 4:6 and Ephesians 3:16
The great work of the Spirit
The Spirit is doing a great work. Illuminating the Word; bringing you into intimacy with God; showing you the glory of Jesus Christ, the goal of your life; guiding you into God’s will; strengthening you for spiritual ministry, and service, and battle. He does all that. He is a powerful Spirit.
But you will stifle the Spirit if you are not filled with the Spirit, Ephesians 5:18; if you are not walking in the Spirit, Galatians 5:25. These verses describe the same thing. Being filled with the Spirit means He fills me up, controlling everything. Walking in the Spirit simply means I’ve put my feet in the path that He sets. And when you walk in the Spirit, the Spirit will do His sanctifying work.