24. What is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (see
Luke 12:10, also
Holy Spirit is to testify about Jesus (see John 15:26). In matters
of conversion and spiritual growth (sanctification), the Holy Spirit
works through the Word of God to convict of sin and to point to
Jesus as the sole solution to the "sin problem."
Blaspheming the Holy Spirit is not some inadvertent curse
invoking the Holy Spirit or denouncing Him with an oath or vulgar
expression. It is instead, the total rejection of the Holy Spiritís
testimony about Jesus. The Holy Spirit does not seek to draw
attention to Himself. He points to Jesus
as the source of genuine power to deal with sin and its curse.
In Matthew 12:31-32,
the Pharisees had attributed Jesusí works to Satan. The Holy Spirit
used Jesusí miracles to reveal His deity. By deliberately refusing
to acknowledge Godís power in Christ the Pharisees revealed a
determined refusal to recognize Godís power in Christ. They
purposely chose to deny what was clearly true.
The context of John 15:26
specifically speaks of acknowledging
Jesus before men. In a parallel statement, Jesus says if you
acknowledge me, He will acknowledge you. He then says that, if you
disown Him, He will disown you. It is then that He says those who
blaspheme the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. Those who disown
Jesus by their own determined choice to deny Him as Lord may commit
blasphemy against the Spirit.
The sin against the Spirit, then, is unforgivable, not because it
is worse than any other, but because it indicates an irreversible
hardness of heart and rejection of the Spiritís testimony about
Jesus. Only those who turn their back on Jesus and reject faith in
Him totally and irreversibly need worry. A person who commits this
sin shuts himself or herself off from God so thoroughly that he or
she is unaware of any sin at all. Or if aware, they do not care! A
person who fears for their salvation has not reached that point!
Does God act on
prayers from everyone, even those who are unsaved?
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Can a Christian fall away into sin so far that they lose the hope of
Follow-up to: Can a Christian fall away into sin so far that they
lose the hope of salvation?
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Can God forgive me if I told him that I rejected him?
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blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?
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