The Sin against the Holy Spirit – Matthew 12:31

In studying the Holy Spirit, we find something troubling in The Word: “…the sin that will not be forgiven is the sin that an unbeliever makes when they deny the Holy Spirit.” This is the ultimate blasphemy. This does not mean that sin can not be forgiven if we receive the truth and ask for forgiveness but, it sounds like if we do not, the action stands…

Christ tells us in Matthew 12:30-32, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters. And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.  Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven…”

The words are hard to reconcile in the search for an unconditionally loving God.

We do not see or use the word ‘blasphemy’ in today’s speech very much. Many do not even know what the word means. The dictionary definition says it’s “the act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things.” Another definition reveals “it is the ongoing hardening of your heart against the Holy Spirit who is trying to lead you to repent of sin and believe in Christ Jesus.” 

Why would the Holy Spirit’s “job” be so important that respect for it would be seemingly regarded as even more important than the name of Jesus? 

Spirit’s entire function lies in bridging us to God, to our place within God’s unfathomable design, to our own individual destinies and important roles within this story God wants us in. The function of Spirit is to help us “know” and “grow.” Spirit brings Wisdom. Spirit inspires our evolution. To reject this crucial dedication to the very making of us is, perhaps, the path to a wilderness we don’t know how to escape in terms of finding our own ultimate place within the Grand Design that supersedes our existence here on Earth. Consider that and the magnitude, once again, of “choice.”  ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ™

It’s astounding that we are trusted with this level of depth in terms of effect on our destinies. God doesn’t want to lose any of us and His desire that we know and understand His Spirit is surely only to let us in on the mysteries of divinity He longs to share with us as a loving Creator. But the choice, as always, is ours. We are not puppets. That said, our relationship to God begins with belief that there is a process by which to know Him. THAT is Spirit’s gig. And much as our earthly accomplishments or failures may serve us, much as we may love our people and this planet, nothing matters more than pressing into our relationship to God. Everything begins and ends exactly there. Our willingness to allow our spirits to meet His Spirit there is the key to life. Perhaps to blaspheme Spirit is to set fire to the bridge between us as sentient beings and God, hence, the concept of damning ourselves in the process. 

Let us pray for those who do not know our God of Love and pray that at some point in their life they will come to know Him, and fall in love with Him as we have. 

Our prayers continue for the world that is going through so much right now.  We pray for the people of Ukraine, Israel, and the Palestenians who are going through ‘hell on earth’ as these wars rage on. May peace come quickly for all of them. May each of us do what we can to help. Blessings and God’s love upon each of them and each of you.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’š

Poppa B.