Blasphemy of The Holy Spirit – Luke 12:10
Opening Thoughts: Have you ever been called into to jury duty? I am glad that I haven’t had that experience. I hear the pay is low and it can be grueling hours. They have to examine the evidence, call witnesses, and depending on how serious the crime is they may do a DNA test. There are so many items that have to be checked off the list before arriving at a final verdict whether it be a guilty or innocent one. In the end, even if someone maintains their own innocence but the jury still finds them guilty, they will be convicted of those crimes and sentenced accordingly. There are times during a court case that the accused will be offered a deal, a bargain, if you will. If they plead guilty and admit to their crimes rather then remaining in their denial, they may be given a lesser sentence, or even escape the death penalty.
Romans 6:23a ESV .. “For the wages of sin is death….”
Our Death Penalty: God’s word is clear in that there is a definite death sentence for crimes against God. Every sinner who has ever committed even one act of disobedience against the throne of heaven has committed “high treason” against the Kingdom of God. High Treason carries with it an automatic death penalty. God is a holy Judge; He’s a holy God and doesn’t rule with partiality. He is a ruler that is immeasurably just and will not excuse even a trace of sin. Unfortunately many people have an inaccurate view of what the word “just” means. This inaccurate view of God’s nature, will ultimately leave them in the greatest shock of their existence. Read Matthew 7:21-23 if you have not.
Main Text: Luke 12:10 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.
Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit: So what is this unforgivable sin? If there is one sin you can never possibly be forgiven for, and the rest of your eternity is determined on whether or not you’ve committed it, wouldn’t you want to find out what that sin is? I sure would. Over the years I have overheard people talking about this subject a baffled way. I have had many people ask me what I thought “the sin” was with concern in their voice as if maybe they had committed the unpardonable. Rest assured, if you are still breathing at this very moment then you have not yet carried out this unjustifiable sin. I say this not to put you at ease but to reassure you that there is Hope. In order to comprehend what it is to blaspheme the Holy Spirit and seal off your eternal fate let’s read what Stephen, the martyred elder of the early church, had to say to the religious people of his day.
Acts 7:51 ESV …. “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always Resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you.
Resisting The Holy Spirit: Stephen was really taking his listeners by the scruff of the neck and shaking them around in hopes that God would, by His sovereign will, pop open their blind eyes and allow them to see the error of their ways. I want to be clear that although it is God who makes us see and draws us to His Son in accordance to His sovereign will, equally we are obligated to respond to the conviction of the Holy Spirit and will be held accountable and sentenced for our rejection of His prompting. God will ultimately save His own people, but no one will be without excuse. When people resist the Holy Spirit it is because they are Blind people who believe that they can see, they will not admit to their own blindness and are in need of sight. Instead they will turn off the conviction of the Holy Spirit and remain in their claim to having sight. See John 9:41 … This is Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, to reject His authority in reminding you that you are indeed guilty and to claim to be innocent, or to reject the need of repentance.
Fearfully there are multitudes of people that leave church week after week and have conversations like this, “Wow, that message really convicted me” … Wait a minute! We need to stop right there. If we spend just two seconds thinking about what the word “convicted” actually means we almost instantly would cease from using it. I mean, do we really mean “I just left church a convicted criminal, guilty, without excuse?” Because that’s what “convicted” means. Definition: “A person found or declared guilty of an offense or crime.” Listen, every time you you read the Word, hear a message or the like and feel convicted, it’s because you are convicted and you are awaiting your sentence. I think we actually use terms like “That was really convicting” to make ourselves feel good. Somehow if we feel convicted we’ve done our part and even have a sense of self accomplishment and spiritual maturity, if you will, even proving that we are sensitive to the Gospel. If this is you, having regular conviction with minimal to no change or fruit in your life, then you need to consider the possibility that you may still be blind. This is not a judgement, this is a heart of “I’ve been there and I know the deception of Churchianity“. My prayer is that if through these words you recognize that you have been blaspheming the Holy Spirit that you would waste no time in calling out to the Savoir as a blind beggar in desperate need of sight. Please read the passages below.
John 16:7-11 ESV … Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
Romans 2:12-16 ESV …. For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also Bears Witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
Bears Witness: God has written the works of the law on the hearts of all men and this law, together with our God given conscience, bears against us and the Holy Spirit ultimately places the Convicted Sign over our door. We are convicted and ready to die, the evidence has been accumulated in the courts of heaven and our conscience will be called as the first witness when we stand before God. He will bring all people to justice and will not play favorites.
We Have Hope: Thanks be to God that He has not left us in our blind hopelessness but has sent His perfect Lamb as our our substitute. He has ransomed us with His precious blood and has absorbed the wrath that we so deserved. Paul says in Acts 20:21 “testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.” Yes we are convicted criminals, yes we are blind, yes we deserve His wrath, BUT yes he has offered us a glorious Deal in our criminal case. A deal that doesn’t just give us a lesser sentence, praise God, but one that is beyond description, one so indescribably good that even an attempt to explain it in the English language is an insult to its magnitude. We broke God’s laws, we are the criminals, yet He became the criminal in our place, He took the sign that said “Convicted Criminal, Condemned to Die” off our door post and hung it on His own.
So what are going to do about it? Are you going to walk away feeling convicted? Or are you going to recognize that you are convicted and cry out for sight? Repent toward God and look to Jesus as your only HOPE. When I say “look to Jesus” I mean look until until you are saved, look until you are assured you have the poison removed from your body, and then keep looking until the day you are like John lying on your face in His courtroom and He lifts you up and gives you entrance into His kingdom, wiping away your tears and relieving you from your fears forever. That’s the HOPE that I stand on, and by the grace of God nothing in this life could tear my eyes away from gazing on my glorious Redeemer. Grace & Peace
Acts 2:38 ESV … And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
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