Blasphemy will not be forgiven
PROFESSIONS OF FAITH
For us to understand the need for the Holy Spirit to bring people to salvation and then sanctification, we must consider the true state of man before we are born again from above. The condition of everyone as we come from the womb is a condition of being spiritually dead and unable to respond to the gospel. The unbeliever isn’t just unable to respond, he considers the preaching of the gospel as foolishness; “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God,” I Corinthians 1:18.
David had this to say about his natural birth in Psalm 51:5, “Behold I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.” If there is any question about the natural man (as he comes from the womb), David makes his condition quite clear in Psalm 14:1-3.
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have all done abominable works, There is none who does good.
The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God.
They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.
What’s so amazing is that this description of the natural man is (for the most part), written in three different places in the Bible, Psalm 14, Psalm 53 and Romans 3. If God had this written in His word three times, it must be very important for us to learn and remember.
For the natural man to respond to God would be like a physically dead person responding to your call. If I would stand at the casket of my grandfather, and ask him to respond, it would be a total waste of time. Not only would it be impossible for him to hear, it would be impossible for him to respond because he has no life and no ability.
The author of Ephesians uses these words to describe us before we are born again. In Ephesians 2:1 it says, “We are dead in trespasses and sin.” In 2:3 it says “We all conducted ourselves in the lust of our flesh.” Then in 2:5 it says “we were dead in trespasses.”
Understanding the true condition of man at birth, helps us see the necessity of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. We have now set the stage; in the next article we will look at how He makes dead men alive or quickens them. I pray that the Holy Spirit is opening your eyes to see and understand the truth of His word.
Maybe you already know a lot of truth about God’s word, knowing truth is not enough. The demons know truth, they believe it and tremble. Why do they tremble? Because they will not accept the sacrifice of God’s Son to deliver them from sin. Have you been born again from above? If so, then the blood of Christ has taken care of your record of sin-every one.
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Lyndon Stimeling, of Richfield, has been writing about faith and family for many years. He has self-published two books, “Common Thoughts on The Word” in 2016 and “Eye of a Needle” in 2017. He has also had articles published in The Coming Home Journal and local newspapers and has written a children’s book.