John Piper Says There Are Four Ways to Quench the Spirit

John Piper Says There Are Four Ways to Quench the Spirit

Author, pastor and theologian John Piper responded to a reader question on how to quench the Spirit by offering insight into four ways the believer can fall into this type of action according to 1 Thessalonians 5:19–21 which says,

Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good. 

1)  "First, quenching the Spirit is to despise the supernatural work of the Spirit and treat it with contempt. Right there in the context: 'Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good'"

2)  Piper then exhorts believers to not neglect the gift of God according to Paul's exhortation to Timothy. Piper writes,

"Second, quenching the Spirit means neglecting the gift we have."

3)  Thirdly quenching the Spirit can happen when we stop the over flow of praise, singing, and joy that the Lord can and will give the believer. Piper says, "Third, quenching the Spirit means shutting down your emotions when joyful, spiritual expressions are called for. I get that from Ephesians 5:18–19, “Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.'"

4) Lastly Piper exhorts believers to watch their miutbs and not grieve the Spirit as it is closely related to quenching of the Spirit, "Fourth, and finally, quenching the Spirit means resisting the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the gracious behaviors that come from the Spirit. I get that from Ephesians 4:30 where it talks about grieving the Spirit — and I think grieving the Spirit and quenching the Spirit are very close to each other.' 

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

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