Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 3 Study # 4
April 5, 2015
Dayton, Texas
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<127> Thesis: Do not resist the transformational efforts of the Holy Spirit. Introduction: In our earlier study of 5:15, we noted that Paul put a premium on "pursuing The Good" toward everyone. It's kind of like a "performance bottom line" where what comes out of our bodies is supposed to always have someone's edification in view. He followed this up with three commands that are designed to get, and keep, our attitudes aligned with God by rejoicing, praying, and giving thanks. If this occurs, the most likely outcome will be a daily, legitimate, pursuit of "The Good" toward everyone around us. Now, as we turn our attention to 5:19, we come face to face with another series of five exhortations that seem to all coalesce around the first of the five. Because I see this structure, I am inclined this evening toward making sure that we understand the first command as the most important one. That means trying to understand what Paul had in mind when he wrote "quench not the Spirit".