Last Sunday I began a series on the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Looking at the person of the Holy Spirit and the work of the Holy Spirit so that we can worship Him in the way that He deserves to be worshiped. And at that time when I began the series last week, I mentioned to you that the Holy Spirit is the most, in my mind at least, the most abused member of the Trinity. There are so many people who blame the Holy Spirit for their behaviors, their words, their experiences and the Holy Spirit has no part whatsoever.
It is a strange kind of thing to realize, having read what we did in John chapter 14, 15 and 16 about the Spirit of Truth, to see so much untruth connected to the Holy Spirit. So many lies, so many deceivers, so many deceptions are basically assigned to the Holy Spirit in order to gain necessary ground with people for those who have legitimate desires and goals. The Holy Spirit is blamed for so many terrible things.
We are warned about that in the Bible. We are warned about the danger of blaspheming the Holy Spirit. In spite of that warning, it goes on. We are warned about, and I'll say more about this next week, about insulting the Holy Spirit. We are warned about resisting the Holy Spirit. We are warned about grieving the Holy Spirit. We are warned about quenching the Holy Spirit. And all those verbs are addressed at the way we refer to the Holy Spirit Himself....