Thursday, December 12, 2019

Blasphemy Against The Holy Spirit

        The promised Jewish Messiah was said to have the ability to perform miraculous deeds by the power of the Holy Spirit:

        "Then the eyes of the blind will be opened and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. Then the lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute will shout for joy. For waters will break forth in the wilderness and streams in the Arabah." (Isaiah 35:5-6).

        The Pharisees attributed the power of Jesus Christ to demons:

        "But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons.” (Matthew 12:24)

        These people had persistently and deliberately rejected verifiable evidence that He was sent by God. That is precisely the identity of what has been termed the unpardonable sin.

        This scenario is not one that can be replicated today because nobody has seen Christ publicly performing miracles. He is presently sitting at the right hand of the Father. Thus, no one can actually commit this form of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

        Continual unbelief does not receive forgiveness from God. In other words, a person who dies in a state of voluntary opposition to the conviction of heart brought about by the Holy Spirit will be eternally condemned. That sin in a sense is unforgivable. We must repent and place our trust in Christ's work for salvation (John 3:16).


Brenda said...

I have had a miraculous healing by the prayer of faith, other healings and a near death experience. The Holy Spirit leads us into all truth and the problem today is that tradition is cancelling out truth.

Jesse Albrecht said...

Hello Brenda,

I believe that God works miracles, and do not at all doubt the veracity of your claims.

If I may ask, is there something in this article that you believe to be in error? Am I overlooking something?

The Men of Usury said...

When I this statement when I first started caring about these things, this lack of forgiveness did puzzle me. You offer an explanation to God's rigidness. It is nice to think that an unforgivable sin isn't possible now a days. But your last paragraph also adds some insight. A direct denial of an apparition of God to our mind and soul, where we know what we see and yet continue in rebellion, is in a sense unforgivable. These were the worst sins in Dante's infernos. They are sins not where we as humans stumble because of our passions, but rather where willfully and knowingly reject God because of our own pride, whether because we think we are so good as to not need forgiveness, or so bad where we think God can not forgive.