John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
The Holy Spirit is not a power or influence we get a hold of and use as we will. He’s a Divine Personality who gets a hold of us to use as He wills (Acts 1:8). Jesus was giving a discourse (John 14-16) to His disciples before His Crucifixion and Resurrection. He tells them about another Comforter that would come for He would not leave them comfortless. The Replacement would be to them all that He had been to them while He was with them. He uses the word “another” which is the Greek word “allos,” which means another of the same kind as opposed to “heteros,” another of a different or opposite kind. If you had an apple and I said I’ll give you another apple, it would be another piece of fruit of the same kind versus if I gave you an orange, another piece of fruit after a different kind. The Holy Ghost would we another Comforter of the same kind that Jesus was to the disciples.
One Divine Person was going to leave but another Divine Person was going to come. “Another comforter” to take the place of the risen Savior. Would Jesus use language as this to describe an “influence,” or some impersonal power? No, because He is another Divine person with personal characteristics, Who can perform personal acts, and is subject to personal treatment. The personal treatment that can affect Him:
- He can be QUENCHED
1 Thessalonians 5:19 Quench not the Spirit.
Quenched – of quenching fire or things on fire (primarily by holding back a good thing; it can include doing a good thing out of order).
- He can be GRIEVED
Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Grieved – to cause pain, grief, distress, sorrow (can’t grieve a mere influence or power).
- He can be RESISTED
Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
Resisted – to fall against or upon; strive against; resist (when sinned against, it breaks fellowship or fellowship is withdrawn).
- He can be LIED TO
Acts 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
Lied to – to deceive by lies.
- He can be DONE DESPITE TO
Hebrews 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
Done despite – insulted; treat insultingly; can imply insulting disdain of one who considers himself superior (can’t insult an it, influence or power).
- He can be BLASPHEMED
Matthew 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
Blasphemed – spoken against ‑ to speak of; rail; revile; defame; speak contemptuous of.
These are all actions and some are sins against the Holy Spirit. As you go down the list of repeated treatment with these actions to the Holy Spirit your conscience can become more and more seared and less and less responsive to the Holy One living inside. Don’t ever grieve your closest companion for the sake of another human being. They live with you but He lives in you. You will never hurt those who live with you if you will focus on not grieving the One who lives in you. If you grieve the One who lives in you then you will hurt your life as well as those who live with you.