THE UNPARDONABLE SIN

 


In our previous post, DON’T HURT YOUR HELPER (SINS AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT), we dealt with the two types of sins we commit against the Holy Spirit and how to avoid them. In this post, I shall be dealing with the third category of sins committed against the Holy Spirit: blasphemy, which Jesus described as unpardonable.

"Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come." Matthew 12:31-32

Even though Jesus forgives our sins no matter how bad it might seem and his blood is able to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, He clearly states that blaspheming against the Holy Spirit is the sin unto death and also the unpardonable sin, both in this age and the age to come. That is a serious matter. Anyone who becomes a victim of this sin is doomed for all eternity. Is it possible you might have committed that sin or may fall into it one day?

NOT ALL SINS ARE BLASPHEMY

You need to understand that it isn't every sin we commit against the Holy Spirit that is unforgivable even though they also give Satan an advantage over us and deny us the manifest presence and power of the Holy Spirit leading to our victorious walk in Christ. We must immediately confess and receive forgiveness the moment we become aware of it.

"If any man sees his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death." 1John 5:16 -17

The fact that fornication, adultery, idolatry, murder and the likes may not be the sins unto death does not imply that we are free to continue committing those acts, because, they are still unrighteousness and they have devastating effects upon the believer who allows them in his or her life. But there is the reality of the unforgivable sin: blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

WHAT IS BLASPHEMY?

From the Greek translation of the Bible, to blaspheme means: to vilify; especially, to speak impiously, defame, rail on, revile, speak evil.

"For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins." Hebrews 10:26

Those who know so much about God and yet refuse to submit their life to Him are at the highest risk of blaspheming against the Holy Spirit. Anyone who just keeps hearing without taking the necessary steps of obedience, particularly with regards to salvation, will eventually become hardened.

While it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. Hebrews 3:15

"It is a persistent, habitual, willful continuing in sin, against better knowledge. It is a persistent, habitual and willful neglect of the Spirit of God and living contrary to the commands of God … it consists of a complete rejection of the way of salvation in Jesus Christ." RICHARD J. VENEMA

So an ignorant unbeliever who has not heard of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ cannot blaspheme against the Holy Spirit. This is because background of adequate and right knowledge is required to make an act qualify as blasphemy.

CAN A BELIEVER IN CHRIST JESUS BLASPHEME AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT?

When one becomes saved the following take place,

1. He's made a child of God

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name John 1:12

2. He becomes one spirit with Christ

But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. 1Corinthians 6:17

3. He is sealed with the Holy Spirit

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise. Ephesians 1:13

4. He is accepted in the beloved

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Ephesians 1:6

5. His name is written in the book of life

Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. Luke 10:20

To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect. Hebrews 12:23

6. All his sins are forgiven him

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Act 26:18

7. He has become a new creature

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2Corinthians 5:17

8. He has also become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

9. He is made to sit with Christ in heavenly places

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus Ephesians 2:6

10. He is hidden with Christ in God

For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3

The list is endless

Now what will happen to all these things above when he commits that sin that cannot be forgiven in this life and the next? You see, it is impossible for a child of God to commit the unpardonable sin. Any sin a believer commits can be placed under grieving or quenching the spirit which also has consequences.

"Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord but by the Holy Ghost." 1Corinthians 12:3

In Him, you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:13-14 NKJV

Our coming to accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour and remaining in Him heavily depends on the work of the Holy Spirit.

In reality, the actual sin that leads to eternal condemnation and eternal separation from God is the rejection of Christ and His finished work on the cross. The Holy Spirit is the only divine agent by whom we come to accept Christ's perfect sacrifice for our sins, it is by Him, the Spirit of grace, we access the saving grace that leads us to acknowledging Jesus as Lord. Blaspheming against the Holy Spirit, therefore, shuts the one who does it out of access to the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

It is impossible for a genuine believer to blaspheme against the Holy Spirit.

The difficulty we might have in accepting this has been occasioned by the fact that, at every point in time among believers, we have those who crept into the church (Jude 1:4) instead of being born into (John 3:3,5,7), the flock and the wolves in sheep clothing (Matthew 7:15)

But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; how that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These are they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. Jude 1:17-19

A believer can and does fall but a believer cannot and does not fall away.

A believer can and does sin and there are consequences but a believer cannot and does not commit the sin onto death.

A believer can and does sin against the Holy Spirit: grieving and quenching (he should not because it gives the enemy an advantage over you) but a believer cannot and does blaspheme against the Holy Spirit.

God has a recovery plan for the believer who sins (1John 1:9, 1John 2:1) but not for blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

What of someone you knew and can testify personally that he/ she was a genuine believer? Well, the scripture has this to say:

They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. 1John 2:19

If you still cannot accept this scripture, then, judge nothing before its time and keep praying for such individuals, if the Lord restores them before they die physically, then you'll know they were not victims of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

HOW TO AVOID THIS UNPARDONABLE SIN

Make sure your walk with God is genuine. Don’t pretend, don’t be a wolf in sheep's clothing, be sincere with God. Have you come to salvation? I mean have you given your life to Jesus by yourself with nothing standing in-between you? If you have done so already, then, help another by sharing this link with as many contacts as you have. You might never know who will receive help by your kind action.

Let me give you that opportunity to come to Christ if you have not yet done so. Pray this prayer out now:

‘Lord Jesus, I come to you today. I am a sinner, I cannot help myself. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Deliver me from sin and Satan, to serve the living God. Today, Lord Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and my Saviour. Thank you for saving me! Now I know, I am born again!’

 

If you have prayed this prayer in faith, you are born again, saved, a child of God.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name John 1:12

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 1John 3:1

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:31

 

If you will spend the rest of your days listening and speaking with God by studying the Bible and praying, then your friendship with Christ shall become permanent and intimate.

Let me also encourage you to start reading the bible for yourself. Start by patiently reading the Gospel of John.

 

DON’T HURT YOUR HELPER (SINS AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT)

 

NO ONE FIGHTS THE HOLY SPIRIT AND WINS


In the natural, people are very careful when relating with someone they consider as a helper, supporter or sponsor. No person in his right mind would like to be on the wrong side of his helper. Believers have a Helper whose sole purpose is to help them to live victoriously in all things that pertain to life and godliness.

There is the person, presence and power of the Holy Spirit. As a believer, the Holy Spirit lives permanently in you, but access to His manifest presence and power requires that you avail yourself to Him consistently on a daily basis and in a personal way. When you commit these sins against Him, you don’t lose His person you deny yourself of enjoying the fullness of His presence and power which are responsible for the unfair advantages you have over unbelievers.

There are three main sins committed against the Holy Spirit: quenching the Spirit, grieving the Spirit and blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, two of which are committed by believers. In this post, I shall deal with the first two sins and the last one in my next post and show you how that constitutes the unpardonable sin.

QUENCHING THE HOLY SPIRIT

DON'T SAY NO! TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

"Do not quench the Spirit." 1Thessalonians 5:19

 To quench means to put off or put out a fire. When the Holy Spirit is causing a stir in you to do something and you suppress that initiative due to fear, shyness, procrastination, disbelief or blatant disobedience, you are quenching the Holy Spirit. Quenching the Spirit really has to do with resisting the things the Spirit tries to initiate within you. Disobeying the promptings of the Holy Spirit quenches Him. You know, the only physical body the Holy Spirit has is your physical body since He dwells in your spirit which also dwells in your body.

Whenever He seeks to do a thing, He will first and foremost initiate it within your spirit which may be likened to a flickering flame of fire. When this flicker is cared for very well, it burns until it sets your heart or spirit ablaze. Most times, when you put out this fire immediately it starts at the flicker level, you quench the Holy Spirit. This happens when you are careless and remain adamant to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Refusing to do what he tells you to do is quenching the Spirit.

Refraining from His embrace is quenching Him.

When you refuse His DO! BE! HAVE! commands, you quench him.

 

How to avoid quenching the Holy Spirit

1. Learn to recognize Him and His promptings

2. Follow His prompts promptly

3. Consider the streams of far-reaching opportunities you are missing by refusing what He initiates in you.

 

GRIEVING THE HOLY SPIRIT.

DON'T TURN DEATH EARS TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice." Ephesians 4:30-31

This entails all the things you do that grieves Him. How can the mighty Holy Spirit be grieved, you may wonder? The Holy Spirit has emotions and a bit emotional than that of Jesus. What Jesus will overlook and simply brush off, the Holy Spirit won't easily give it a pass. When Jesus said in John 14:16: "I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever", he didn’t mean he was going to pray like we do, but rather, request or plead strongly and passionately. The word 'pray' as Jesus used it, carried with it a picture of the Father holding on so strongly to and not really willing to let go of the Holy Spirit because of the emotional complexes of the Holy Spirit; He easily gets hurt. I say it this way due to the inability of the human language to give full and accurate expressions to divine truths. The Holy Spirit is another comforter like Jesus but different from Jesus in a number of ways.

Continuing to do what He is stopping you from doing is grieving the Spirit. Embracing what He refrains from grieves Him. When we embrace His DO NOT! BE NOT! HAVE NOT! commands, we grieve him.

 

BITTERNESS

WRATH

ANGER

CLAMOR

EVIL SPEAKING

MALICE

ET CETERA ...

Do you remember the Spirit's first encounter in the New Testament with liars (Ananias & Sapphira) in the church? Instant death! Jesus also forewarns that blasphemy against the Father or the Son is forgivable but none should try that with the Holy Spirit.

How to avoid grieving the Holy Spirit

1. Accept and convinced yourself that the Holy Spirit has your best interest at heart

2. Know also that no scriptural instruction has been written to take advantage of you. Every scriptural injunction is designed for your advantage

3. Your power and uniqueness in life are in your obedience to the voice of the Spirit.

Receive grace to walk with the Holy Spirit.

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THE HOLY SPIRIT: YOUR COMFORTER (AUDIO)


THE HOLY SPIRIT: YOUR COMFORTER

 

 A LONELY ORPHAN BOY

"I will not leave you comfortless' (KJV) 
"I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you". (NKJV) 

 John 14:18 



‘I will not leave you as orphans', were the very words of Jesus to his disciples. An orphan? Who is an orphan? An orphan is one deprived of father and mother. This situation makes him be lowly esteemed, neglected, destitute of comfort, direction, and support and is left to wander about in obscurity and darkness, increasing his vulnerability to situations and circumstances. Unfortunately, we have others who have not lost their parents physically and yet in similar or worse condition.   

Anyone who has personally encountered Jesus, anyone who is born again, one who has been taken out of the kingdom of darkness and translated into the kingdom of God, without the conscious presence of the Holy Spirit will live like an orphan. 

 But Jesus says that we don’t have to live like orphans because everything an orphan will need in life can all be summed up in one word: comfort. A comforter’s purpose is to make life comfortable and bearable for his beneficiary. 

 Will you live as an orphan or a royal? The choice is yours. Embrace the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit, your comforter. 

 4 THINGS HE WILL DO TO COMFORT YOU 

 1. He will teach you all things. 
THE TEACHING MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

 "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you". John 14:26 

 You only do well in the areas of life that you have been taught. There are very successful business people who fail woefully in family life and the reverse is true. You can be working in a bank and still be financially suffocating. Samuel was a successful prophet of God, but his family life was nothing to write home about. It is a known fact that we can only do well in the areas of our lives we have exposed to proper teachings. I know there are many public successful people who are abject failures in private. The Holy Spirit wants to shed his eternal light into every area of your life, will you welcome him today? A true teaching is a component of a comfortable life. A well-taught person will walk in various dimensions of liberty. For the Holy Spirit to fulfil his comforting role in the life of believers, he seeks to teach us ALL THINGS. The Holy Spirit will teach you everything and anything you are willing to open up to him. 

 The Holy Spirit teaches you through others, but he can and does teach you directly. He passionately wants to have personal moments with you. He does not teach theological confusions that have no beneficial bearings upon your life. He teaches the bible but he teaches ALL THINGS that are beneficial to you too. He taught me how to deal with a particular challenge in stew preparation. That’s humorous, isn’t it? But it’s true. He has taught me several things over the years, but he desires to teach you and me ALL THINGS if only we will open up every area of our lives to him. 

 2. He will remind you of the things you know but have forgotten. 
THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL REMIND YOU

 "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you". John 14:26 

 Remembrance of important things brings comfort to your life. You will be miserable in life if don’t remember all the important things you’ve been told over the years. If knowledge is power, then forgetfulness is a loss of power. Remembrance of the things Jesus has taught us is so crucial to your comfortable life that the mighty Holy Spirit is tasked with the responsibility of reminding you. If you will rely on him, then he will boost your memory, your recollecting ability. 

 3. He will guide you. 
THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL GUIDE YOU

 "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come". John 16:13 

 The guidance of the Holy Spirit is another relevant branch of the comforting ministry of the Holy Spirit. His guidance is his protective shield over you. Just as prevention is better than cure, let me say that protection is better than deliverance. You are better off as a believer, avoiding a harmful situation than falling into it to be delivered afterwards. Listen to the Holy Spirit when he guides you. Within the words of the Holy Spirit to you are the keys to your success, protection, fulfilment, growth, comfort and all he desires for you. You may never be cast into a lion’s den all your life, but heeding to his direction completely avoids all the snares and entrapments of the enemy ahead of your life. He wants to guide you to whom to marry, partner within the business and even the congregation to fellowship with. You know, the Holy Spirit is more interested in your wellbeing than you can ever be in yourself. Listen to him. 

 4. He will show you things to come. 
THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL SHOW YOU THE FUTURE

 "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come". John 16:13 

 Finally, comfort resulting from hopefulness is a result of the future you have foreseen. Jesus said the Holy Spirit will show you things to come. We have already dealt with the fact that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things. So this showing part has to do with sight. In the book, man’s search for meaning by Viktor Frankl, I understood that it is the picture of possibility that a man holds within himself that empowers him to endure all kinds of unforeseen hardships of life. Even Jesus endured the cross and despised the shame because of the spiritual picture he carried in his mind. 

 Your level of comfort in life is largely determined by your hope. What you see builds your hope and that is why among other things, the Holy Spirit will show you things to come. When you depend on the Holy Spirit, you’ll have an unfair advantage over the unbeliever and even the believer who will not rely or wait on him. Life can be truly simple for you. Yes, if you can invest even 30 per cent of your labour towards achievements in life into developing a personal and intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit, you’ll become a reference point among human beings in your generation and beyond. 

 Accept the Holy Spirit today just as a sinner receives Jesus as his Lord and personal saviour. 

 Remain blessed.

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