“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [do not offend or sadden Him], by Whom you were sealed (marked, branded as God’s own, secured) for the day of redemption.”
Many of our fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord share a common opinion about this verse; that it insinuates on a particular instance when someone commits a sin. Personally I don’t think that is the case. I truly believe that because the Holy Spirit is God Himself on this earth, He inspired Paul to write like this, so He will encourage God’s children to know Him deeply. He rejoices with us when we develop the desire to know Him. He wants to reveal Himself, He desires to show us the hidden things, to unravel the mysteries for us. The Holy Spirit has so much life within Himself, even the billions of people living on this planet aren’t enough in number, to express the life He possesses. And He chose to dwell inside of us, withholding nothing from Himself! Let’s pause and think about that!
We desire the power He has, but somehow we hesitate to enter the secret place and to know Him personally. Pretty much as the Israelites in the desert when they didn’t want the closeness with God, but instead they asked Moses to be the mediator. Many Christians today love their ministry, their reputation, or academic foundation they have in the Word, but neglect the very thing that is the most important and most precious-the fellowship with the One Who rose Jesus Christ from the dead. He is the only one able to bring the Christ-like character in us. The Only One. Let us not waste time on anything else that will always be secondary to knowing Him.