Chills

Just had a random thought enter my mind during my prayer time this morning. I’ve never thought about this before, and this thought line may be totally undeveloped for now, but I’m going to throw it out there anyway.

Just had a thought about this particular verse of scripture – Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin. This same verse appears slightly differently in the gospel of Luke as well – “”And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God, but the one who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” Luke 12:8-10 ESV

And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. Ok, so here’s the thought I had this morning, and it’s a very serious thought. The one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven…if we are Christians, who claim to have been “saved”, who claim to have communion with the holy, risen Christ, who have been baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who claim to have been indwelled with the Holy Spirit, yet we walk in the world as the same angry, selfish, obnoxious person/people we were before…is that not blaspheming against the Holy Spirit? Is not the worst blasphemy we could possibly make the blasphemy of an unholy life lived in the name of the Holy Spirit?

This gives me chills. People know who I am. They know that I am a Christian, one who believes in Jesus Christ, who believes he is the way, the truth, and the life. But – is what they see from me in my life and the way I carry myself on a daily basis blaspheming against the Holy Spirit? Do they see me loving my neighbor, am I one who prays for those who would be my enemies? Do I even love my own wife and children, brothers and sisters as myself?

Chills.

How about the church as a whole?? Does the church blaspheme against the Holy Spirit in our day to day interactions with the “world” around us? Do we, as a church, walk in a spirit of protest and confrontation, or in the spirit of love and reconciliation?? Which of these spirits is of the Holy Spirit? Is one of these spirits a blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin.

We think we know what “sin” is. But these are words straight from the mouth of the sinless one. These are not my words, they are the words of Jesus, the one we claim to follow yet ignore his teaching. All those “unwashed masses”, Jesus says all their sins will be forgiven them, but those who blaspheme the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, but is guilty of an eternal sin.

Again, am I guilty, in my own life on a daily basis, of blaspheming the Holy Spirit? “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” Mark 8:36 ESV. Sometimes we think we have all the answers, we know every sin known to man, and we can tell the “world” all the things they are getting wrong. But, as Jesus also said, “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” Matthew 7:3 ESV. How many of us point out every speck of dust in the world’s eye, when we can’t even see past the redwood tree in our own eyes? After all, it may be we who are guilty of the only sin Jesus says is unforgivable.

Chills.

“”Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin” — for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.””

Mark 3:28-30 ESV

http://bible.com/59/mrk.3.28-30.esv

John Lewis

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4 thoughts on “Chills

  1. Now you’re catching on! \o/

    Here’s another little tidbit to chew on, in line with your revelation…

    “Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, `I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.’
    Matthew 7:21-23 (RSV)

    Grace and peace to you and yours,
    kdr

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  2. That passage gives me chills, too. Personally I’ve felt the weight of it hit me the hardest when I’ve seen some genuine pharisee preaching some bad things. Not little things mind you,but seriously wrong headed things about God where they are actually calling good evil and evil good. Those who teach will be held to a higher standard and I really believe that. So cultians, haters, violence promoters, outright white supremicists, not a good thing at all.

    For the most part however, I believe that passage is really referring to satan, the fallen angels, evil spirits. In the passage Jesus says, “How can Satan cast out Satan?” He also says, “All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men.”

    We do not blaspheme the Holy Spirit when we faceplant, we grieve Him. We shame the Lord and the work He did for us on the cross. We all do it too, we’re all in big trouble with Him on occasion, but God is our Father, so we may well be disciplined, but He’s not going to cast us out and put us up for adoption. He is the good Shepherd. He made an investment in us and what He has started, He will finish. He has claimed us, there is no loophole in which satan can sneak in on the fine print. Jesus Christ’s power is absolute and it was finished on the cross.

    To blaspheme is to show complete irreverence for all of eternity. The opposite, “reverence” is related to awe, fear. So when one is fearful of having blasphemed the Holy Spirit, one is not in a state of irreverence. Therefore the very act of being worried about it, dispels the possibility that it could be true of us.

    That’s my story anyway and I’m sticking to it. 🙂

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    1. Thanks always for the response!!

      I do believe, though, that a great many say the prayer, have an “experience”, and then go right on living just as they always had. But if the spirit was really indwelled within them, and they have been “saved”, how is that possible? If there is no fruit, was there even a seed planted?

      To be totally honest, I think we spend much time thinking about eternity as though it’s only what happens when we die. But if we are in Christ, we don’t wait to die to enter the kingdom, we enter the kingdom of God immediately. The kingdom of Heaven is at hand!!! The kingdom of god is among you!!!

      I’ve had people tell me that this only applied with his disciples, and while he was actually walking upon the earth. But – Isn’t the last thing Jesus told us “I am with you always”? I believe the kingdom if heaven is still at hand!! We enter upon meeting and believing in the risen Christ. We are immediately changed. The Lord does not wait until we die to then make changes within us…

      In the passage Jesus does speak of Satan not casting out Satan, in respond to the scribes and Pharisees claiming he was casting our demons by the power of Satan, or beelzebul. Jesus was indwelled by the Holy Spirit, in calling his spirit Satan they had specifically blasphemed the the Holy Spirit.

      Which takes away some of my chills, but not totally. I still think we who claim the spirit but walk like we have the spirit of Satan, the unholy spirit, the spirit of blame, shame and accusation, are indeed blaspheming against the Holy Spirit…

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