HOLY SPIRIT PART TWO

Have I Ever Committed The Unpardonable Sin?

There is much that can be said about this topic under discussion, and because of this, this piece will not be all-inclusive. However, paramount to our understanding of Christ’s words: “And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; whoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age, or in the age to come,” is our comprehension of God the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. This will be my focus.

Greek Scholar, Dr. Spiros Zodhiates:

It is to be noted that these words of the Lord were spoken immediately after the accusation was made against Him that the works He was doing were done by the power of Beelzebul, the chief of the demons. The words of Christ become far more understandable if we examine what occasioned them. What the Lord wanted to teach after this discussion regarding the activity of the devil among men was this: The devil is really not the countertype of the Lord Jesus in the plan of man’s salvation, but he is the countertype of the Holy Spirit whose function is to convict unto repentance or reprove the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment” (John 16:7, 8). The devil counteracts this conviction. The Holy Spirit brings judgment upon the devil. The two are counteracting each other.

In order that we may be convicted of our sin, it is necessary for us to allow the Holy Spirit to work in us. In other words, any sin that we confess to the Lord He will forgive, being able and ready to remove it from us. But, if an individual has not been convicted of sin, how can he confess Christ? And this is what makes our Lord’s statement understandable, “But whoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him.”

As to the relationship of the sin of blasphemy to the Holy Spirit in Matthew 12:32, “But whoever shall speak against (Kata, 2596) the Holy Spirit.” In Mark 3:29, “But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit.” In Greek it does not say “against” but “unto” (eis, 1519), which means “unto or in the face of.” In Luke 12:10 the same preposition is used. Actually the use of this preposition, eis, makes the blasphemy worse. With kata, “against” we may understand that the blasphemy is spoken against the Holy Spirit to others, but with the preposition eis we may understand that the blasphemy is hurled directly in the face of the Holy Spirit. It is as if man is defying the Holy Spirit and says, “There is nothing you can do to divert me from my present sinful course. I am going to have my own way regardless of the shame brought upon the name of Christ.” If one does not submit to the convicting power of the Holy Spirit and repent, in the future God is not going to grant that person exemption from the consequences of his failure during his earthly life. The bed that one makes in his life will be the one he must lie in for eternity!

Eternal judgment is based upon the judgment of sin on this earth. In eternity God is going to respect our will which we have exercised in the here and now. If we chose to defy God here and the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, then God is going to defy us in eternity and let us reap the results of the choice we made.

Conclusion by Cochise

Jesus Christ said that God the Holy Spirit would come and convict the world of sin. If an individual has not been convicted of sin, how can he confess Christ? Without the confession of Christ (“that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved” Romans 10:9), eternal sin, then, is realized. Therefore, eternal judgment is received. Let us then, allow, the Holy Spirit to do His work, in us, so that we can repent and receive eternal life. Let us never resist Him! Let us never blasphemy Him (the word blasphemies means to say something which hurts a person). Let us never say to Him, “There is nothing you can do to divert me from my present sinful course. I am going to have my own way regardless of the shame brought upon the name of Christ.”

Let us, never, exhibit the same mentality of the Pharisees or any who oppose or reject the Holy Spirit’s convicting power of sin.

Note:

The source material here presented (quotation marks excluded), was taken from the Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible, by Greek Scholar, Dr. Spiros Zodhiates.

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