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Grieve not the Holy Spirit – Ephesians 4:30

It has sometimes been argued that the Holy Spirit is an influence or a power, but not a person.Our text should put such thoughts to rest once and forever.You can’t grieve an influence, whereas you can grieve a person.The Holy Spirit is not just a reference to the outworking of the power of God in the world, the Holy Spirit refers to the third person in the Trinity.This is of course a mystery, but we believe it because the Scriptures teach it.The Holy Spirit is God, as is taught in Acts 5:3-4, where the apostle Peter equates lying to the Holy Spirit with lying to God.The Holy Spirit is distinct from the Father and the Son, as can be seen in the baptism of our Lord, but also in his relationship to the Son and the Father in John 14:26 and 15:7: proceeding from the Father and being sent by the Son.When you put these things together, that the Holy Spirit is given personal, Divine, and distinct properties, the doctrine of the Trinity emerges with respect to the Holy Spirit.
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The Godly Man – Deuteronomy 6

The Bible is not replete with long or detailed sections on how to be a good father.To be sure, there are verses that are directed explicitly to fathers as such, but these are few and far between (cf. Eph. 6:4, for example).Neither will you find passages that celebrate fatherhood the way you will find it celebrated in Father’s Day cards.I am reminded of this every time Father’s Day rolls around because as I try to think of a relevant passage to preach from, I quickly realize that the standard stock for Father’s Day sermon texts is short and sweet.
This does not mean, of course, that God has a low esteem of fathers.After all, he is presented to us in the Trinity as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.As believers, we relate to God as Father through the Son in the power of the Spirit.We pray, “Abba, Father,” and receive with joy the Spirit of adoption (Rom. 8:14-17).As our Lord was about to ascend back into heaven, he reminded his followers that he was about to ascend to his Father and their Fat…