Mere Disrespect or Worse
Updated: Mar 26, 2020
Verse 31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
Yesterday we were talking about how important it was to be loyal to God alone. Jesus continues today by saying If we aren't for Him we are against Him and if we aren't working for Him we are working against Him. He doesn't list a gray area, it is either one way or the other. Yet He does go a step further. There is away that is against Him that is not forgivable. That sounds harsh, doesn't it?
He lists every sin and slander as forgivable so how is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit different from a 'regular' sin or slander? Blasphemy is defined as great disrespect shown to God, but Jesus obviously had a much more offensive thought connected to the word. He seemed to define it more like, "an ultimate disrespect" of the Holy Spirit. He knows that He will continue to be disrespected on this earth and that is forgivable How much worse would the disrespect have to be against the Spirit to make it unforgivable?
Mark gives us a clue to the definition that Jesus was referring to. They said, "He has an impure spirit.” (Mark 3:30) To say Jesus was working for the devil was blasphemy against the Spirit. They were saying that the Holy Spirit was a demon. That is definitely more that just "great disrespect" against the Spirit it was claiming He got His power from Satan. In basic language the Pharisees were claiming that the Holy Spirit belonged to the enemy! The Holy Spirit being a member of the God-head is obviously NOT powered by Satan!
This is what it means to blaspheme the Holy Spirit. Any time someone denies the power of the Holy Spirit and attributes it to the enemy they are denying the power of God that rose Jesus from the dead. It is that same power that we hold to for eternal life. Had Jesus not risen from the dead we would have no hope for our resurrection as promised because it was His resurrection that broke sins curse of death. Yes, He was our sacrifice for our sins and that was needed but for Him to give us eternal life he had to conquer death. Denying His power is to deny Him as God and that is unforgivable.
Making it personal
Have you ever known someone to blaspheme? How often do you think of the Holy Spirit and His being part of the Trinity? If He is in us leading us, should we even deny His voice and ignore His leading to be more like Christ?
Making it personal kids
Has your mom or dad ever called you by a sibling's name? Did you think that they really were your sister or brother? What if they never called you by your name but instead called you by the same name as your sibling, wouldn't it feel like they were saying you didn't exist anymore? That is kind of like what it means to blaspheme the Holy Spirit, it meant they were saying God didn't exist.
Father, thank You for the gift of salvation. Help us see the Holy Spirit for who He really is so that we will never deny His being part of the Godhead. Reveal Him to us and through us. In Jesus' name, amen.