The Puritans on God’s Tender Spirit

“Quench not the Spirit.”

1 Thess. 5:19

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth… And grieve not the holy Spirit of God…”

Eph. 4:29-30

 “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost:…”

Acts 7:51



A Sermon

Dyke, Jeremiah – ‘Of Quenching and Not Quenching of the Spirit’ 1640, on 1 Thess. 5:19, ‘Quench not the Spirit,’ in his Diverse Select Sermons on Several Texts, pp. 1-150



John Trapp  1601-1669

Commentary on Gen. 6:3

Verse 3.  ‘My Spirit shall not always strive‘, that is, I’ll consult no longer, but resolve to ruin them, as some gloss it; or, I’ll pull the sword out of the sheath, the soul out of the body, as others gather out of the Hebrew word (a)here used.  But they do best, in my mind, that sense it thus: My Spirit – whereby I hitherto “went and preached,” by Noah and other patriarchs, to those “spirits” (once in pleasure, now) “in prison,” [Ecclesiastes 11:9 1 Peter 3:18-19] but prevailed not – shall not always strive with perverse men by preaching, disputing, convincing, in the mouths of my servants, whom I have sent unto them; nor in their own minds and consciences, by inward checks and motions, which they have made no good use of. Delicata res est Spiritus Dei [a delicate thing is the Spirit of God].  Grieve it once, and you may drive it away for ever.  It “bloweth where it listeth,” and will not be at your whistle.



Peter Sterry  1613-1672

‘The Spirit Convincing of Sin Opened in a Sermon before the Honorable House of Commons, assembled in Parliament upon the solemn day of their monthly fast, Nov. 26, 1645’

To the Honorable, the Knights and Burgesses of the House of Commons Assembled in Parliament

My humble petition is that you would ever remember to converse as doves, among doves; with this Dove; He is a tender Spirit, take heed of grieving this Spirit, wherever He dwells.  For by Him alone can your hopes be sealed to a day of full accomplishment.



Edward Reynolds  1599-1676, Reynolds was a Westminster divine

Three Treatises of the vanity of the creature. The sinfulnesse of sinne. The life of Christ. Being the substance of Several Sermons, p. 472

And now when we have Christ, how careful should we be to keep Him; how tender and watchful over all our behaviors towards Him, lest He be grieved and depart again.  The Spirit of the Lord is a delicate Spirit, most sensible of those injuries which his friends do Him.  Let us therefore take heed of violating, afflicting, discouraging, grieving this Spirit (which is the bond of all our union and interest with Christ) in any of those his sacred breathings and operations upon the Soul.  But when He teaches, let us submit and obey, receive the belief and the love of His Truth: when He promises, let us neither distrust nor despise, but embrace as true, and admire as precious, all the offers which He makes to us: when He contends with our lusts in His Word and secret suggestions, let Him not always strive, but let us give up our fleshly affections to be crucified by Him: when He woos and invites us, when He offers to lead and to draw us, let us not stop the ear, or pull away the shoulder, or draw backward like froward children, or cast cold water in the face of Grace, by thwarting the motions, and rebelling against the dictates thereof, but let us yield our selves unto Him, captivate all our lusts, and consecrate all our powers, and submit all our desires to His rule and government; and then when He has been a Spirit of union, to incorporate us into Christ’s Body; and a Spirit of unction, to sanctify us with His Grace, He will undoubtedly be a Spirit of comfort and assurance, to seal us unto the day of our full redemption.



“But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.”

Isa. 63:10

“And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man…”

Gen. 6:3




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