32John testified saying, "I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. 33"I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, 'He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him. This is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit’” (John 1:32-33).
John the apostle tells us that the Holy Spirit remained on the Lord Jesus (John 1:32-33). When the Spirit came upon Christ, He could settle down and fully work through the Lord Jesus and not be grieved. I wish it were so with you and me. My experience over the years has been that my character can often grieve the Spirit. What does it mean to grieve the Spirit? The Greek word (lypelte), means to “experience deep emotional pain, severe sorrow or grief.” In the context in which the term is used, the things that grieve the Holy Spirit are poor choices of words and the attitudes of the heart, e.g., the anger and bitterness that often goes on behind closed doors between spouses and children and youth:
29Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. 30Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice (Ephesians 4:29-31).
If we want the Holy Spirit’s anointing and power to remain on us, we must ask the Spirit to help us overcome the attitudes of heart that grieve Him and cause Him pain. It is a changed character, the character of Christ, worked into us by the transformative power of the Spirit, which causes the intimate anointing of the Spirit to remain. The beautiful thing about the Spirit of God is that, even though we might grieve Him, He does not leave us. We are sealed for that great day when Christ comes, and we enter into the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. What is a seal? It is a stamp of ownership and authority. The enemy of your soul will whisper that you are not a Christian and that you do not have the Spirit of God. Let’s examine those thoughts:
All Believers Have the Spirit of God
Let's repeat it: all believers are given the Holy Spirit at the moment of their conversion to Christ. "For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit" (1 Corinthians 12:13). When you placed your trust in what Christ did for you at the cross, you received the Spirit of God. Paul is even more specific in his letter to the Ephesian church: "In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit" (Ephesians 1:13). The enemy has lied to some telling them that they have not received the Spirit. However, Paul states that you can’t be a Christian without having the Spirit of God. Paul again says it so clearly in the book of Romans: "Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him" (Romans 8:9). If you have honestly and wholeheartedly given your life to Christ, you no longer live for yourself, you have been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20), and thoughts and doubts about our salvation and the receiving of the Spirit are the kinds of thoughts we can expect of our adversary. If you have repented of sin and given your life to Christ, you have the Spirit of God, and that's why you are attacked by doubts from the devil, for he does not want you to grow in your knowledge of Christ. Keith Thomas.