Blasphemy will not be forgiven

PROFESSIONS OF FAITH

We are going to consider another question that I was recently asked. Is there any sin(s) that a person could commit that would keep them from entering the kingdom of God? It would also prohibit them from going to heaven. Remember, going to heaven and entering the kingdom of God are not the same thing. A person can enter the kingdom of God and have eternal life, but not go to heaven for a hundred years if they live that long.

According to our text in Matthew 12:31b, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. We could call it the unpardonable sin. Webster’s dictionary of 1828 describes “blasphemy” in this way; reproachful, contemptuous or irreverent words uttered impiously against God. In this case, it would be against the third person of the Trinity. It would be to dishonor God or not give Him the credit He is worthy of. It could be to mock or make fun of, to be disrespectful toward or speak of in a frivolous manner.

We all know people who speak of God in a careless manner. The phrase “oh my God” is used if someone can’t get in to use the public restrooms when they need to. People say it when they become angry or upset about something. Some people use the phrase that often; they don’t even know they are saying it. However, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is different and of greater consequence. Matthew 12:32 says, “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit; it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or the age to come.”

Why is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit so heinous? I believe it has to do with the work that each person of the Trinity does. God the Father planned from all eternity past to save a people for Himself. God the Son willingly came as an obedient servant and gave His life so that all who are born again from above have eternal life. The Holy Spirit is the One who quickens those who are dead in trespasses and sin; He plays an important role in the salvation of men, Ephesians 2:5.

In our daily lives, we often find ourselves offending others and must make it right, sometimes an apology is needed. Likewise, when it comes to the Holy Spirit, we must remember that He is also a person; not a thing or an it, not even a mysterious feeling. In John 16:13 it says, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” When describing Himself, the Holy Spirit directs the author to use masculine pronouns; seven times in one verse!

In the next article we will consider the necessity of the Holy Spirit working in the hearts and lives of everyone who is being born again by the Spirit of God. Once we are born into the family of God, we are still dependent upon Him to enlighten and guide us into truth. Do you admit that need; do you see that you are dependent upon Him to lead you into truth? If you do, then you are probably living in peace, harmony, and reliance upon the Holy Spirit; now that’s a good thing.

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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.

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