Blasphemy of the Spirit


In the posts How Will You Respond to the Lord? and Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All, the concept of eternal damnation surfaces as a consequence of how one responded to Christ’s and more centrally, His work. I began writing about this because of the sermon titled The Fate of the Apostate at Southwest Christian Fellowship this past Sunday. There is a lot of confusion of whether the apostate was ever saved or not. Without going into a lot of detail, the apostate was/is never saved. He/she may look spiritual, but looking never evidenced true substance.

Blasphemy of the Spirit is a concept in which Jesus discussed. Before we hear that, Remember, Hebrews 10:29 defines an apostate according to the words of the Almighty God. 1. He who has trampled the Son of God, Jesus, under foot. 2. He who has treated the blood of the covenant as an unholy thing. 3. He who has insulted the Spirit of grace.

26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot,who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

At the inception of this concept, we see this in Matthew 12:22-37 where a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought before Jesus so he could both talk and see. At that, Jesus once more demonstrates His complete power and authority over demons. Many considered casting out demons was an impossibility. Notice the thoughts of the crowd in verse 23.  “All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?” Before we believe anything, we question it against our base of knowledge. In that question, the people were asking if Jesus was indeed the Messiah. The Messiah represented God’s promised and expected deliverer of the Jews. The Messiah was the savior to be sent by God to free them. God’s intended purpose was to free people from sin, not from being politically dominated.
Jesus’ sovereignty over demons caused the people to be astonished, but the Pharisees, the rulers within the Jewish nation, thought and acted selfishly. They they said, “It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.” THIS IS THE HEART of the unpardonable sin. Notice the contrast in presupptional positions – The people respond with Messianic questions and expectation, but the Pharisees respond by attributing Jesus’ power to Beelzebub, satan – the chief devil. Remember in John 10:25, Jesus said “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me” in response to the Jewish leaders call for Jesus to tell them plainly who He was.  Jesus went on to say “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” Then they said, 33 “We are not stoning you for any of these,” replied the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” Once more, Jesus, in John 15:26, tells us 26 “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. Over and over, the Pharisees and people now see the miracles or the work of Christ in the lives of people, but they fail to attribute it to God through the work of the Holy Spirit. The Pharisees said Jesus’ power was from the devil which He utterly made them sound foolish by drawing the comparison about a house divide will fall.
What the Pharisees and others now do is suppress the evidence of God’s work provided by the Holy Spirit. The Pharisees continued to do this. Hebrew 10:26 reminds us that “26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,” Jesus called this Blasphemy of the Spirit. How can one know if they have in fact blasphemed the Holy Spirit? If you have continually rejected Jesus as Savior and Lord of your life, you might want to consider whether you have committed Blasphemy of the Spirit. If you have received the grace of God by believing and living for Christ, you more than likely have not committed Blasphemy of the Spirit. Continued rejection of Jesus makes us more hardened against Him, and puts us on the path of a full and final rejection of Him. The writer of Hebrews called it insulting the Spirit of Grace. The one who continually suppresses the truth God sends will not receive the grace the saves. As a consequence, he will not be forgiven of his sin, either in this age or in the age to come.. Thus, he stands condemned already.
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