We preach our hearts out, wake up early for gospel breakfasts, spend hours discipling and training, and pray hard for conversions and gospel growth. What a great joy it is to see Jesus working in people’s lives and families transformed. However, at the same time, we see other people drifting away from the church, not walking close to God, not serving in ministry or making any kind of Christian impact. If they manage to get out of bed on a Sunday morning to connect with God’s people, it’s a burden and a pain. Once they seemed to be Christians, but now there is nothing distinguishing them from their non-Christian neighbours.
The Bible teaches that Jesus lived, died, rose back to life, ascended to heaven (from where he now reigns and rules) and promised to come back to us at what is commonly called the Second Coming.
In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 the apostle Paul, the author of a large chunk of the New Testament, speaks about the Second Coming of Jesus.
Psalm 12:6 says “The words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.”
God’s words (the text of the Bible), is like silver refined seven times
“Seven” in the Bible is the number for completeness and wholeness. What Psalm 12:6 is saying is that God’s words are completely pure, without error and wholly reliable.
Jesus said in Mark 3:28-29, “I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.”
Many people, including Christians, have wondered what blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is, and many different opinions have been given throughout church history.
Let me tell you what the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit isn’t.
It’s not denying God. Peter, the disciple, denied Jesus and was them later reconciled back to God. It’s not doubting. Thomas, the disciple of Jesus, doubted and he was reconciled. It’s not murder. King David committed murder and was forgiven. Jesus also prayed for forgiveness of the Roman soldiers who crucified him.
It’s not a sexual sin. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Paul lists a whole lot of sexual sins and then reminds the Christians that that is what some of them were (past tense), but now they are forgiven and part of God’s family.
It’s not suicide. The Bible teaches us that Jesus’ death paid the price for all our sins, including sins committed against ourselves.
It’s not an ongoing sin that you struggle to overcome. Ongoing and deliberate sin may grieve the Holy Spirit as Ephesians 4:30 indicates, but its not unforgivable.
We need to remember the great positive Jesus refers to in v28, “I tell you the truth, ALL the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them.” If we turn from sin and believe in Jesus we will be forgiven of anything and everything.
To understand blasphemy against the Holy Spirit must look at the context of Jesus words. Jesus words where directed to the religious leaders. And Jesus said this because, according to v30, “they were saying, ‘He has an evil spirit.’” The religious leaders were rejecting the truth about Jesus despite of the clear evidence. That’s what blasphemy against the Spirit is. The religious leaders were saying, after seeing Jesus’ miracles and exorcisms, that Jesus was in fact a dark magician, a son of Satan, and casting out demons by using occultic power.
The Holy Spirit is the third member of the Trinity. He is God and he convicts us of sin and shows us where we’re unholy and unrighteous. The Holy Spirit empowered the life of Jesus. The Holy Spirit reveals Jesus to us. The Holy Spirit inspired the writing of the Bible. It’s the Spirit’s role and delight to point people to Jesus. He never draws attention to himself, but always points people to Jesus. When the Spirit seeks to convince you of the truth about Jesus and you reject that truth (like the religious leaders), you blaspheme and that is unforgivable. Why is it unforgivable? Its unforgivable because you are cutting yourself off from the very source of forgiveness. When you are unforgiven it has eternal consequences; that’s why Jesus calls it an eternal sin (v29).
Is Jesus your God? Do you worship Jesus or something else? If not, you’re already presently guilty of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
Now don’t get me wrong. Having a Bible , regular devotions and being Christlike are good and godly things! However, we sometimes tend to think Christianity is about obeying the rules and checking the boxes. If we keep the rules we feel proud and if we break the rules we scold ourselves and feel guilty. Jesus condemned the Pharisees for this kind of attitude in Mark 2:8-3:6. Christianity for Jesus is about submitting to him as King, being forgiven of all sin, and redirecting our life towards Jesus, the only One who can give us highest joy. We then seek to live godly lives, not to earn God’s favour, but as a result of God’s ongoing favour to us.
hat drives you? Ticking petty boxes to earn God’s favour or enjoying God’s grace, knowing the bill has been paid in FULL.