Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit Question Discussion in 'Christian Scriptures' started by flowerforever7, Mar 14, 2012. Jesus has just performed a miracle. Jesus Christ is not on earth, and no one can personally see Jesus perform a miracle and then attribute that power to Satan instead of the Spirit. Question: “What is the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?” Answer: The concept of “blasphemy against the Spirit” is mentioned in Mark 3:22–30 and Matthew 12:22–32. Some scholars teach that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit refers to the sin of attributing Christ's miracles, wrought by the Holy Spirit, to the power of Satan. Which I find confusing. If a person’s heart is sensitive to the truths of God, then they are not guilty of blaspheming the Holy Spirit. In verses 31-32, He states that blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven in this age or the age to come. Mar 14, 2012 #2. One more text, Luke 12:10: “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.” Over the span of my ministry there have been several people — probably a lot more people don’t come forward, but these came forward — who came to me deeply convinced they had committed the sin against the Holy Spirit and were therefore beyond forgiveness. Blasphemy is verbal or written reproach of God’s name, character, work, or attributes. What is it? Blog; Search; Twitter; Facebook; Understanding Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. And Christians cannot commit that kind of sin. Esau would be an example of this. What are the names and titles of the Holy Spirit? But I ask God forgive me in I felt very remorseful. Michael Pearl answers a question from a viewer: What is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?Have a Bible question? Mark 3:21-22 tells us there were so many people that Jesus and His disciples did not have time to themselves. THE BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT . The Bible describes the Holy Spirit as far more than merely an impersonal force, or just “God’s power”. Throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus held the religious leaders to a high standard. A BIBLICAL EXAMINATION OF THE TERM, AND AN INQUIRY INTO THE CLAIMS OF THE CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT . They hate it and they repent of it. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, however, can't be forgiven. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the constant resisting of God ’s Spirit to the point of not being able to hear His voice. I read your article about the unforgivable sin of blaspheming against the Holy Spirit. I was sitting down reading king James version. By simply looking at the context it becomes apparent that blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is saying that Jesus did His miracles by the power of the devil. That's a Goddamn good question though. It is generally agreed upon by reputable theologians that Christians today who have been genuinely born again cannot, nor would they desire to if they could, give Satan the credit and glory for works done by God the Holy Spirit. Within this context the Lord indicated that those who spoke against him could find pardon, but those who spoke against the Spirit … No. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. So, here are my answers to the two questions. We talked about the change of view that has taken place since the Puritan period in the seventeenth century. THE TEXT. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit: No! So, here are my answers to the two questions. Christian Truth. That is an insult to, and blasphemy against, God the Holy Spirit because Jesus was perfectly and completely filled with the Holy Spirit. It is not getting mad at God and telling Him you wish things were different. Speaking to believers, John said, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). It was a definite, existential moment in a person’s life when they said “No” to the gospel or “No” to the work of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 7:51, Stephen says the following to the Pharisees, \"You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! He loved the world so much, he couldn’t stop loving the world. One often hears the term ‘blasphemy against the Holy Spirit’, particularly from the mouths of those within the Charismatic movement. Can a true believer, whose salvation is eternally secure in Christ, still be guilty of blaspheming the Holy Spirit? This is unforgivable. Is saying holy crap or the word holy affixed to a curse word blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and unforgivable? I know that you understand the unforgivable sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit to be attributing obvious works of God's Spirit to demonic forces. So, the point here is not that Esau repented and could not be forgiven, but that he couldn’t find the place of repentance. Spiritual gifts survey - … They intentionally rejected the prophecies of the Old Testament and attributed the Spirit's work to Satan. Because I think the meaning of the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, as Alford says, is a willful, determined opposition to the present power of the Holy Spirit. Christians can commit all kinds of sin, but what marks a Christian is that they don’t settle in long term. This sin is also known as the unpardonable sin. This is not, “there is a sin that leads to death,” but “there is sin.” That is the way it should be translated. Some Bible teachers say that if you deny Jesus Christ before men you have committed it. We teamed up with Faith Counseling. He couldn’t find a place in his heart of genuine repentance, “though he sought it with tears.”. You are sealed. The context indicates that it was a specific sin, and not a series of forgivable sins, or an attitude of persistent unbelief. These are the things that Christians do and regret doing and have to repent of doing and ask forgiveness for doing. In Hebrews 12:17, it says, “You know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place of repentance.” That is a literal translation; I changed what the ESV says. Situation. He is author of. The people had overwhelmed Him and His followers. Let’s put a couple of key passages in front of us about the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit so we know what we are talking about. They turn to God for fresh forgiveness. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. He had come to such hardness of heart against God, such love for the world — his bowl of cereal against his inheritance. The Israelites were to worship and obey God. It's most likely just Grieving the Holy Spirit. Salvation is receiving the Holy Spirit that connects us back to God. The other thing to notice is specifically what it is that does grieve the Spirit. 23; John 3:1–15). Is the Holy Spirit a "He," "She," or "It," male, female, or neuter? Mar 14, 2012 . KWVE 107.9 was playing on the radio, and someone was preaching (I don’t remember who, or for that matter what they were talking about now). Blasphemy was a serious crime in the law God gave to Moses. We will spend the majority of our time in Matthew's account, and will go to the other 2 accounts if we need any additional information. (2) Is blaspheming the Holy Spirit the same as grieving the Holy Spirit?”. And that very repentance is the work of the Holy Spirit in great mercy to awaken the children of God to repentance so that we will make it to the day of redemption. The blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, specific as it was to the Pharisees’ situation, cannot be duplicated today. Here is the key phrase: it is a “state [of] willful determined opposition to the present power of the Holy Spirit.” Then he gives (as one of those other places in the New Testament) 1 John 5:16, which says, “If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life — to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. To me I can take that as saying I hope he didn't die for our sins but I said anger. Question: "What is the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?" “ I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. At least it's not calling the Spirit evil or denying Jesus. What was the role of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament? No. The blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is not an exception to the great promises of God. John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. What is the role of the Holy Spirit? What is this sin, and how do we know if someone is in danger of committing it? 12:31). The account of the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is in 3 of the 4 gospels • Matthew 12:22-37 • Mark 3:20-30 • Luke 11; 12:10. “No place of repentance,” I think, means he couldn’t do it. He is spoken of as fully God, and the One being lied to in Acts Chapter 5. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. All of that is forgivable by grace. Jesus never says that those who blaspheme the Holy Spirit will not receive eternal life if they believe. Denying the existence of the Holy Spirit is not the unpardonable sin. And I got mad cause I was wondering where Jesus cruxfuction. This is a sin with eternal consequences. Blasphemy Against the Spirit. ” He told them this because they were saying, “He’s possessed by an evil spirit.” (Mark 3:28-30 NLT) He has you, and he is keeping you for the day of redemption.”. The eyewitnesses to … It is not pledging allegiance to Satan or having an ungodly thought flicker across your mind. Another teaching is that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit means to accuse Jesus Christ of being demon-possessed. It has always seemed to me that there is something about blaspheming the Spirit, as Jesus intended us to understand it, that has brought a person to the point where they are sinning in such a way that they are unwilling and unable to repent and believe. This interpretation is given because Jesus talks about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit in the context of the Pharisees saying he drove out demons by the power of Satan in Matthew's Gospel. Why is the dove often used as a symbol for the Holy Spirit? So I go to look up the king James version cruxfuction in I said in my head I hope he wasn't on cross or I hope he wasn't one of them words. So no, a Christian cannot commit what Jesus calls blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. MATTHEW 12. They claimed that Jesus was demon-possessed, not Spirit-filled. No. Is blasphemy of the Spirit the same as grieving the Spirit? Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.”, When we grieve the Holy Spirit, Paul says, we are grieving the one who has sealed us for the day of redemption, which means that, in the very same breath as saying you can grieve him, he is saying, “You are secure. “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Answer: To blaspheme is to speak with contempt about God or to be defiantly irreverent. Blaspheming the Holy Spirit. “I believe in the forgiveness of sins.” Those words may have become stale or even cliché for some, but they represent the beauty and scandal of our confession. How is the Holy Spirit active in our lives today? Yes, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is any sin that a person clings to by continually resisting the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. The Bible instructs believers to examine themselves, but does it tell us to what extent or how often we should question our salvation? He could find no genuine repentance. His tears were not tears of repentance. Let me give a quote from one of my favorite commentators, Henry Alford, about the unforgivable sin of blaspheming against the Spirit. They don’t settle in like that with a settled, determined, willful opposition. There is sinning; there is a kind of willful, determined, settled opposition to God and his Spirit. So, we cannot understand what Jesus means by the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit unless we recognize the scriptural knowledge of our Lord’s opponents. Their underlying question is this one: “Since there is no forgiveness for this terrible sin (whatever it is), what if I am guilty of it?” And so he perished. Keep in mind that there is not one specific sin that is unforgivable, such as lying, stealing or murder, but rather a perpetual hardening of the heart and willfully sinning against God and man (1 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:15). — “but a definite act showing a state of sin, and that state a willful determined opposition to the present power of the Holy Spirit; and this as shown by its fruit, blasphemy. Jesus describes the unforgiveable sin as the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. Now, it seems to me that, in helping those people deal with what they are saying, we need to put the statement “blaspheming the Spirit cannot be forgiven” alongside the many statements like “whosoever believes on the Lord Jesus will be saved” — not “whosoever believes, if they haven’t done a few other things.”, For example, Acts 16:31: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” Paul didn’t ask the jailor, “Now, have you ever blasphemed against the Spirit of God?” He just said, “If you believe, you will be saved.” In John 6:40, Jesus said, “This is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”. You always resist the Holy Spirit; as … Even still, a sinner, once converted, could confess these sins and be forgiven. They were tears of remorse that he couldn’t repent. A demon-possessed man was brought to Jesus, and the Lord cast the demon out, healing the man of blindness and muteness. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. A demon-possessed man was brought to Jesus, and the Lord cast the demon out, healing the man of blindness and muteness. But why? While blaspheming the Holy Spirit is a sin, the “blasphemy challenge” fails to understand what precisely is THE blasphemy of the Holy Spirit/unpardonable sin. SharonL … Can they help you today? In conclusion, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the only unpardonable sin mentioned in the Bible, and it is mentioned in the context of the Pharisees accusing Jesus of being possessed by the Devil. 413 +7 Christian Single. Many non-Charismatics and Charismatics alike who persistently question various doctrines and practices … Christ declared, “Every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men; but the blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven” (Mt. Word against the Holy Spirit: No! According to this scripture Blasphemy The Holy Spirit can be committed to this day. Is there an unpardonable sin? There were people everywhere. In order to understand what blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is, we must first understand what salvation is. The only unpardonable sin today is that of continued unbelief. The Pharisees had attributed the work of the Holy Spirit to Satan. They were terrified, as you can imagine. Let's be clear: the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is not taking the Lord's name in vain. Here is Jesus in Mark 3:28–30: “‘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.’” In other words, they were attributing Jesus’s deeds to the devil instead of God. Work of the Holy Spirit the same as grieving the Holy Spirit? is against... 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