Matthew 12: Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit
In Matthew 12, Jesus says something controversial (surprise!).
Mat 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
Mat 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
It is somewhat hard to wrap our heads around this differentiation because of the Trinity. However, I ask you to remember back to a little while ago when I wrote about the Trinity. Dorothy Sayers pointed out that Jesus is the Energy, and the Holy Spirit is the Power. The Energy is the physical manifestation. That is Jesus Christ. He walked on the earth, and it seems that speak a word against Him is a forgivable offense.
The Holy Spirit is the Power. It is the kind of thing where the Holy Spirit is kind of the impact. As we find out later in John 16, the Holy Spirit is concerned with convicting people of sin. I think that is where we can make this differentiation in the words of Jesus.
There are a variety of people who argue that Jesus was not a real person, He wasn’t the Son of God or He did not rise from the dead. However, if we go to Romans 10:9, one of the things that seems to be a prerequisite for salvation is believing that Jesus rose from the dead. That is something that people can be convinced of later in life. The evidence can finally carry weight with people, and it seems that that sin is certainly forgivable.
The second part is a little bit more difficult. I think that it is important to remember that role of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit convicts us, and if we are living a life where we continually oppose the conviction of the Holy Spirit, are we really Christians?
Four kind of a silly example, let’s say that I am on a diet. However, I continually break the rules on my diet, do I really have a right to say that I’m on the diet?
If someone spends his or her entire life ignoring the convictions that come to us from God, it seems to me that maybe they were never in the faith in the first place.
What do you think?