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What is the Unforgivable Sin – Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?
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· What can we learn from Esau’s hard-hearted unrepentance, from which he could not turn, although he desired it with tears?
· What is the “the blessed hope” we must have at Jesus’ “appearing?”
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This article is not about condemning anyone. It addresses wilful, unrepentant blasphemy – and the blasphemous sins we have little or no knowledge of. If we truly regret our sins, (even if we did blaspheme against the Spirit,) but sincerely confess and repent from our sins, “God is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness,” (1 Jn. 1:8-10.)
Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, Who Is God, is anything that rejects, substitutes, attacks, insults, and condemns the Divine, Holy, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent Person, Character, Works, and Word of the One and Only God of the Bible: the Inseparable Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, called Jesus of the New Testament Covenant, (Mt. 28:15-20; Col. 2:8-10; Jn. 16:8-14.)
It is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit to ascribe the works of the Spirit to the devil, (Mt. 12:24-32.) The footnote of the 1991 Spirit Filled Bible explains the well-known concept of “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit” as follows, (beware new translations, Mt. 12:30-32,) “The Pharisees slandered the Holy Spirit [by attributing His works through the Man Jesus Christ to the devil,] but their sin was not an act of impulse or ignorance. It was the result of a continued, deliberate rejection of the truth concerning Jesus. It was a sin against true [spiritual] knowledge, [Jn. 6:63,] and [God] Jesus Himself, for they had ample evidence of the truth from the words and deeds of Jesus. In purposefully choosing to [reject and] insult the Spirit, they forfeited His ministry in their lives and [could not] be forgiven.”
· Deliberate blasphemy against the Holy Spirit results in the “unforgivable sin” because the Holy Spirit is the Only One Who can convict of sin, righteousness through Jesus, and judgement without Him. He leads believers to redemption, salvation, and blessing through the “all truth” of Scripture and every situation; teaches them everything about Jesus the Redeemer, Savior, and Blessor, and grow them in knowledge of, and obedience to God. So, without the reality of the wonderful works of the Holy Spirit, people are truly doomed, (Jn. 16:8-15.)
· On the other hand, ‘testing and proving’ supernatural manifestations, teachings, and the fruit or behavior of people, can never offend or ‘blaspheme’ the Holy Spirit. The Word of God commands us to “not believe every spirit, but to test the spirits to see if they are [really] from God,” (1 Ths. 5:21-22; 1 Jn. 4:1-4.) Disobedience to this commandment opens believers to great chaos and deception, which leads them to replace the Holy Spirit with false spirits. Thus, they truly blaspheme against the Spirit through their unrepentant demonic madness.
· This is not to say that we may reject the supernatural works of the Holy Spirit in complete distrust and unbelief. Attributing the Spirit’s true gifts and works to the devil is what the temple priests did when they committed blasphemy against Him. Moreover, it is sin to ‘quench’ and ‘grieve’ the Holy Spirit by rejecting His true Scriptural gifts, miracles, and other powerful works - or to unrepentantly transgress the precepts of His Moral Law such as “you shall not adulterate, murder, steal, lie…” (1 Ths. 5:19-22; Eph. 4:25-30; Jn. 13:34.)
However, Jesus, in the context of His entire Word, gave a much broader explanation of this “unpardonable” sin.
It is, among many other things, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit to conjure up, disseminate worldwide through many generations, and bewitch countless believers through a Christian character called “father Christmas.” This entity is actually Satan, the so-called rewarder of ‘good’ Christians — true believers excluded. Jesus commanded believers to “call no man on earth [in a religious sense] our “father,” for One is your Father, He Who is in heaven,” (Mt. 23:8-10.) Jesus was not referring to our physical fathers at all. We have only One spiritual Father. No one and nothing that pertain to church and other religion, can compare or connect to Him. That is why it is blasphemy to call any religious man like a priest, so-called ‘reverend,’ pastor, teacher, evangelist, prophet, (or a demon like Satan,) a spiritual “father!”
· So, it is fitting to address this very common form of church blasphemy: “father Christmas” named Santa. “Santa” is an anagram of Satan, (the scrambling of letters to form other words, i.e., Listen = Silent.) The feast of “Christmas” is also blasphemy. "Christ + mass" is the fusion between two words to form a new word: ‘Christmas.’ Santa is the ‘christ’ of this ‘mass’ or church feast that is also typified by its idolatrous “christ-mass” tree, (read Jeremiah 10:1-10 to see how God forbade this practice.) ‘Mass’ is when Catholics eat their christ during the ritual of ‘holy communion’ after the priest magically turns a mere biscuit and wine into the so-called ‘literal body and blood of christ,’ called transubstantiation. Everything the Roman Catholic Church touched is a combination of uncontextual Scripture and pagan ritual.
· Jesus also forbade us to “call anyone on earth [our spiritual] teacher, [reverently calling him or her Rabbi, Reverend, Priest, Pastor, Prophet, etcetera - as in fulfilling "important" church posts to "mediate" between people and God, 1 Tim. 2:5.] For One is your Teacher, [High Priest, Mediator, Shepherd, Provider, Guide… Who deserves all glory and honor,] Christ [the Holy Spirit, Jn. 14:26; 16:8-14.]”
· Jesus also forbade those who do spiritual teaching, [leading, etcetera,] to allow anyone to reverently call them “Teachers,” [“Heads” or “Reverends,” such as ‘Pastors,’ ‘Priests,’ ‘Prophets,’ ‘Evangelists,’ etcetera.] There is only “One Teacher [as well,] The Christ, and those who are greatest among you must be servant of all,” (Mt. 23:6-11.) Those who set themselves in such lofty or “divine” positions to gain control over people, as well as those who knowingly or unknowingly revere such false leaders as "gods'' and “christs,” are committing blasphemy against the Lord Jesus Christ, (Mt. 23:1-14.) This type of idolatry and blasphemy forms the core of the dogma of Theosis, which turned the unscriptural church clergy into so-called ‘Christian christs and gods.’ Of course, such idolatry and witchcraft stem directly from the occult, (read Jesus’ warning Mt. 24:4-5, 11, 23-28.)
Decidedly rejecting Jesus also constitutes blasphemy against God and results in the “unpardonable sin” because He Alone is The Life, Light, Truth, and Way, and “no one comes to the Father except through Him.” This pertains to unbelievers as well as so-called believers who lead double lives. Thus, Jesus warned in Lu. 12:8-10, “…He who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.” So, consciously denying Jesus before men translates into the “unpardonable sin.” Many believers might seem completely dedicated to Jesus until their unsaved friends and family enter the scene. Then, they turn into secret agents and easily forget their commitments to Jesus and the members of His body, by actively turning their backs on them to ‘party’ with their physical family and unsaved friends. Such double-mindedness or spiritual schizophrenia is being ashamed of Jesus and thus “denying Him before men.” Such convenient Jesus-deniers are church angels but friends-and-family devils, who need to repent from rejecting Jesus; submitting themselves completely and on all levels of life to Him above all else.
Claiming the authority to forgive people’s sin is also deliberate blasphemy, (Mt. 9:1-3.) That’s why the Pharisees, not accepting the fact that Jesus Is God in the flesh of a mere Man, accused Him of blasphemy when He healed the sick by forgiving their sins. Yet, the Roman Catholic Church, which made her priests into so-called spiritual ‘fathers’ who can even allegedly ‘forgive the sin’ of their church members, are decidedly trying to replace the Lord Jesus, as only God can forgive sin, (Mark 2:7.) This amounts to one of the worst forms of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
The Moral Law that governed the Old Testament Covenant of the Hebrews, as well as the New Testament Covenant for all humanity, (Jn. 3:16,) described the sin of blasphemy in Lev. 24:10-16, and states, “…Whoever curses his God... and blasphemes... shall bear his sin… and be put to death.” Left unrepentant under Jesus' New Testament Covenant, this equates to being refused entry into the spiritual Kingdom of God now, (1 Cor. 6:9-10,) and into heaven after death or at Jesus’ return to earth.
However, Rev. 21:7-8 gives us hope if we knowingly or unknowingly committed any form of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Here, God declares, “He who overcomes [by continually repenting from sin, withstanding it, and fleeing from it where humanly possible to remain at Jesus’ feet] will inherit [eternal life.] But the cowardly, [who hid their unrepentant hearts and disobedience from God to justify their sin,] the unbelieving, abominable, [spiritual, emotional, and physical] murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, [i.e., who commit witchcraft with God’s Word by teaching false doctrine and by either rejecting or perverting the gifts, power, and Personhood of the Holy Spirit,] idolaters, [who love and follow men and their comforts above the Truth of God and His commandments,] and ALL liars shall have their part in the lake of fire…”
"What can we learn from Esau’s hard-hearted unrepentance, from which he could not turn, although he desired it with tears?
We are so privileged to have the Truth of God's Word, which will always remain “the [only] lamp for our feet” in the darkness of this fallen world, (Ps. 119:105.) In addition, we have the Holy Spirit Who constantly indwells all sincere believers to the end of this world, (Mt. 28:18-20.) He gave our born again, human spirits His “completeness” and thus, our position of ‘completeness’ inside the spiritual Kingdom in Christ, (Col. 2:9-10; 1:13-14.) He also gave us His full, abiding anointing to accomplish His commission to preach His Gospel and Truth to the whole world as He leads us, with the motive to glorify Jesus and to “let His Kingdom come” in the hearts, souls (minds) and lives of all those who choose to believe in Him, accept Him, and follow Him in the truth of his Word as His disciples, (1 Jn. 2:20-27; Mt. 28:18-20; Jn. 3:16.)
Our personal duty is now to “overcome” the schemes and assaults of the devil - not to ‘conquer’ him personally as Jesus, in our place, fully triumphed over all principalities and powers at the cross, (Col. 2:9-15; Rev. 12:11.) We "overcome" the wiles of the devil by obeying God's vital commandment to systematically "renew our minds or thoughts through knowledge of God’s Word to understand His will and to be doers of His Word,” (Jam. 1:22.) Should we falter in any way, we must immediately return to the feet of our Father in heaven to confess our sins to Him and to those whom we have sinned against, (Jam. 5:16,) and ask forgiveness to reconcile with them as far as it depends on us. This “cleanses us from all unrighteousness” through the blood of Jesus, and restores our relationships God’s Way, (1 Jn. 1:8-10; Eph. 1:7.)
Still, as previously said, the incomprehensible grace of forgiveness and repentance can never be separated from each other. We “all stumble” by, (for instance,) losing our tempers under severe provocation, etcetera, (Jam. 3:2.) But planning to commit murder, lies, adultery, theft, deception, manipulation… is premeditated sin. I.e., if we kill in self-defence we will be judged differently than when we plan to commit murder. This is also how Scripture portrays the way God deals with sin, (Rom. 1:18-32.)
Nevertheless, no measure of grace is a license to sin. We never know when, by holding on to unrepentance to do things our way, we have “filled up our measure of sin” by provoking God once too often, (Mt. 23:32.) We must always keep in mind that from that terrible moment on, repentance might be impossible, (Heb. 10:26-39.) Without repentance, there is no forgiveness of sin. And without forgiveness of sin, there is no salvation.
So, it is incredibly sobering to understand that we will not have God as, and when we choose to have Him, but only in His Scriptural Way and in His time, which is always “today;” now, “when we hear His voice,” (Heb. 3:15, KJV.) People disobediently live their sinful, (and mostly very religious,) lives their way, thinking they will be saved on their deathbeds as the so-called "robber" on the cross next to Jesus was saved. However, this is a trap from hell. Playing with God’s grace by disobeying His Word is gambling with all eternity.
From the context of the Word, it seems there are people walking about that are "past" salvation. They have forfeited God's grace to repentance for so long the Holy Spirit has left them to themselves. They might even seem religious, but are actually utterly lost. They have continually committed the sin, which 1 Jn. 5:16 describes as follows, "There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it."
The stubborn rejection of Jesus, the Truth of His Word, and the conviction of His Holy Spirit, can result in the example of the fornicator and “profane” Esau. I think Esau became “profane” because he believed he could choose how to obey God, and repent from his sin when it suited him. (Only the Moral examples of the Old Testament still refer to New Testament believers, 1 Cor. 10:11.) But it seems that only once, Esau wilfully “sold his birthright,” [heaven in N.T. terms,] for one “morsel” of gratification of the flesh. A “root of bitterness” then sprang up in Esau. And “afterward, when he wanted to [re]inherit the blessing, God rejected him, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears, [knowing he was lost and not living under grace anymore,]” (Heb. 12:12-17.)
How unthinkable, unutterable... God, have mercy on us all! Thank You Father, that we live by grace and not under the Old Testament law. Help us to understand the danger believers place themselves into by following false doctrine and doing their own will! Praise our Father in heaven for Jesus Who took our place in the desert, Gethsemane, and on the cross! However, may the Holy Spirit always remind us that grace, too, is not a licence to decidedly continue in sin; grieving the Holy Spirit.
“This ‘bitterness’ Esau and every other “profane” or hard-hearted believer unrelentingly commit, was [not accidental.] It is a deliberate turning away from God’s [moral] commandments. So, this is a solemn warning to anyone who is tempted to forfeit permanent spiritual blessing for immediate fleshly gratification. [One sinful fling of the flesh can bring us to this terrible place.] Once [believers] make such a choice and then act on it, the consequences might not be reversed and the blessing [or salvation] is lost forever,” [S.F. Bible footnote 1991.)
Aren’t we extremely relieved that only God Himself can condemn souls, and we, His disciples, only have the privilege to preach the Truth of His Word as far as it depends on us? Nevertheless, toying with the tempter by regarding the desires of the “flesh,” (which is actually our own thoughts or 'minds,' 2 Cor. 10:3-6; Rom. chapter 8,) is always at the expense of disobeying God and rejecting our commitments and responsibilities to Jesus and other people. Adam and Eve also disobeyed God only once, and pulled the whole of humanity into their lost, cursed position without Him, (Rom. 5:12-21.) Sin easily spreads from the unrepentant sinner to infect all those around him or her.
Thus, Paul explained in 2 Cor. 6:13-14, “…You are restricted by your own affections, [thoughts, and priorities. Anyone who loves pleasure, sexual immorality, lies, deception, spouses, parents, children, pastors, false doctrine… more than Jesus cannot be His disciple, Mt. 10:37.] Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers [although they profess Christ but their ‘fruit’ proves differently, because they live as Satan's agents to bring you down.] For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness… [Doing our own will.] And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you [true believers] are the temple of the living God. [And He shares His temple with no one, 1 Cor. 6:15-20.] As God has said, ‘I will dwell in them… and be their God… Come out from among them and be separate… [If it is physically truly impossible, then flee from them spiritually and emotionally.] Do not touch what is unclean and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,’ says the Lord Almighty.”
May God give us the grace to set our hearts, (human spirits) minds, (or souls) and lives unwaveringly on Him and to be "doers of the Word; not deceiving ourselves," while we all stand, "breathe, move, and have our being" in the unfathomable grace of Jesus our Savior, (Jam. 1:22; Acts 17:28.) And most of all, may the Holy Spirit open our understanding and always remind us that we cannot live double lives in Jesus. Help us, Almighty Father, to completely surrender to You Alone ourselves; our spirits, souls (minds,) and lives - and everything that pertain to all this, to glorify Your Indescribably Wonderful Name in all we are and do.
In Jesus' Name. Amen.
WHAT IS THE “BLESSED HOPE” WE MUST HAVE AT JESUS’ “APPEARING?”
“[Shouldn’t we have] the Word and ‘blessed hope in Jesus’ glorious appearing,’ [His return to earth,] now, during the end of the end time? (Titus 2:13,)” Marius Terblance asked. Certainly. We must grab hold and hang on to the Truth of God’s Word and that “blessed hope” to keep us in the will of Jesus until That glorious Day. But how do believers understand “the blessed hope” of His “appearing” on That Day when we will all meet Him? For those who know they are not ready, this means the most Dreadful Day when eternal suffering will begin — a Day they want to avoid at all costs, (Mt. 25:1-13.) However, for those who live in a relationship with Jesus and His full atonement in their place, this is the highest form of hope and encouragement - especially when they suffer constant, inescapable trials and tribulation in this life, (1 Ths. 4:18.) Yet, it seems from the context of this passage in Titus that having the “blessed hope” to be right with God on That One Day of Jesus’ return, (all these verses in both the Old and New Testament speak of only One Day not a ‘two-fold’ return,) is something believers must “soberly” and purposely strive to achieve. Titus 2:1-15 commands us three times to be sober-minded in everything; “discreet, chaste… a pattern of [Moral-Law] works” to glorify Jesus in a serious lifestyle of “righteousness and Godliness.” Encouraging believers to obey the Scriptures is to help them attain the “blessed hope” of eternal salvation on That Day when Jesus returns. And let us remember, That Day can come at any moment; either in death or at His return.
If we look back on the unbearable concentration camps, wars, genocides, plagues, famines, lawlessness, etcetera, of history over the last century until now, we see that in severe crises, hypes and feelings never brought any real peace, faith, emotional growth, or deliverance from affliction. Only those who lived on “stone cold” faith in Christ and stood immovably on the promises of His Word “endured to the end,” as Jesus commanded in Mt. 24:10-14. They believed Jesus will deliver them either by intervening in their suffering, at death, or at His Biblical “appearing” on the clouds, (Mt. 24:26-31.) They submitted to His will for their lives and trusted that He would supply all their needs – greeds never even came to mind. Every time, their faith sustained them and carried them through, because despite fake church hypes that might produce ‘good’ feelings, sustained by the false hope of escaping all suffering in this world, this is the only real “blessed hope at His glorious appearing” that can uphold true believers in their faith and commitment to Jesus. The persecution, tribulation, and martyrdom real believers had to face through history, as described in Heb. 11 and many other passages in the New Testament, clearly explain this “hope at His appearing.”
That is why those who know what it’s like to be persecuted “for righteous sake,” because they can do nothing about it, (we can only change our own sin through repentance in Christ, not the decisions of other people,) also learn to understand what it’s like to literally have no other hope than to STAND in the grace of God against everything they must face. Totally helpless on a physical level in seemingly never-ending onslaughts, they have no spiritual hypes, no prospect of prosperity, or the hope to be supposedly ‘raptured’ out of this world to escape suffering. They only have the option to disintegrate emotionally and as a result also spiritually, or to trust Jesus by growing emotionally in the truth of the Word that is written on their hearts. Often, even their Bibles were taken away, but no one could take away the inward testimony of the Spirit that He will always supply all their needs. The last mentioned believers are those who sincerely surrendered themselves and everything pertaining to their lives to Jesus. It is only through absolute, decided surrender to the Most High God, that lasting peace, patience, and real Holy-Spirit leading come.
One giant step towards “attaining” the “blessed hope in Jesus’ appearing,” is to realize we must become emotionally mature in Christ. Spiritually, sincerely born again believers are already fully “complete” in Jesus and live inside His Spiritual Kingdom of Light, (Col. 2:9-10; 1:13-14,) Emotionally or on the soul/mind level, we must understand that “whatever things were written were written for our learning, that we, through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures, might have “[the blessed]” hope… and become like-minded… according to our Lord Jesus Christ, [and not conform to the false doctrines and the false “hopes” of churches,]” (Rom. 15:4-6.) We will know we are maturing emotionally when we are not co-dependant upon people who abuse us and lead us astray, and when we repent from false doctrine that give us false ‘hope’ to feed our lack of faith and greed. We will know we grow emotionally when we decidedly take full responsibility for every aspect of our lives by seeking God through the Truth of His Word. When we know He will send all those who are His true instruments in this world as we might need them. To know everything we “have” actually “have” us, as Jesus merely entrusted everything and everyone to us, and we will have to give and account for it all on That Day at His “appearing,” (Mt. 25:14-46.) And the ultimate test for our emotional maturity will be if we are at the place where we know we can truly “do all things through Christ Jesus Who strengthens us,” (Phil. 4:13.) Demons, evil people, and the cataclysmic things in this world do not shake and scare us anymore because we solely rely on Jesus. We are never alone; we can make it through in Christ. And we can and will be ready at His “appearing,” because we have sincerely entrusted ourselves, our entire lives, and everything and everyone else to His care, while we are ready to obey and follow Him above all else.
On the other hand, churches teach people they will have no problems when they “come to Christ,” (or actually ‘come to’ happy-go-lucky church membership,) while in reality, “problems” of all sorts are the catalysts that test our faith and enhance our “blessed hope” to get out of this fallen world at Jesus’ return. Paul explained the necessity and purpose of trials in Rom. 5:1-5, saying, “Justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we STAND and REJOICE IN THE [BLESSED] HOPE OF THE GLORY OF GOD. And not only that, but we also [praise Him] in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance, character, and character, hope.”
So, what the false prosperity dogma does, is to produce religious church members without perseverance, Godly character, or the “blessed hope” at Jesus’ “appearing.” Yet time and again, Jesus and the apostles said we must “comfort one another with these words.” The words that we must be ready to meet Jesus at His return on the clouds, exactly as He promised at His ascension, He would return, (Acts 1:9-11,) with “the sound of the last or seventh trumpet,” (Rev. 11:15,) when “the kingdoms of this world will [finally] become the kingdoms of our Lord. This will happen on That Day, when Jesus will come as visibly, suddenly, and unexpectedly as a global lighting strike, (Mt. 24:27-31— have you ever seen an ‘invisible, secret’ lightning strike?) and with a shout that thunders over the whole planet like the voice of an archangel, to “gather together” His bride from [everywhere on earth] — the bride who is ready to meet Him on “The Day [singular] of the Lord,” to take her, (the one and only bride,) to their one and only marriage feast in heaven,” (2 Ths. 4:16-18; Mt. 24:29-31; 25:1-13; Rev. 19:7.)
This is Jesus’ “appearing,” as Titus called it. It will be His once-off, sudden, unexpected return to earth. Believers are commanded to “COMFORT ONE ANOTHER WITH THESE WORDS!” that Jesus is coming as suddenly and unexpectedly as a global lightning strike and “every eye will see Him [while] every knee bows,” (Mt. 24:27; 2 Ths. 1:6-12.) Paul confirmed this in 2 Ths. 2:17 when he commanded, “[SO] COMFORT YOUR [ailing] HEARTS [in this glorious hope, saints of the Most High God,] and [ready yourselves by] establishing yourselves in every good word and work [until That Glorious Day!]”