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Summary: It is clear to me that when it comes to the Holy Spirit; you may resist, but give in; you may insult, but ask for forgiveness; but one thing you must never do is to blaspheme the Spirit of the Living God.

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March 15, 2009

“Joint Usher Board Anniversary Day”

Sins against the Holy Spirit: Blaspheming

Matthew 12: 31 – 37

We continue in our series with this third installment on Sins against the Holy Spirit: Blaspheming.

You may remember that the blessedness of Jesus Christ is that he has sent to us the Comforter,

The Holy Spirit, to do three things:

1) teach us all things that are good.

2) empower us to remember all things that are good.

3) equip us to do all things that are good.

Resisting the Holy Spirit means: you disagree with, you dispute the truth of, you dissent from the premise of, and/or you differ with the conclusion of.

Insulting the Holy Spirit means: you will accept the benefits of God’s love; and do not reciprocate with your love and allegiance, but with contempt.

Blaspheming the Holy Spirit goes a step further.

Blasphemia (Greek) means to curse or vilify)

Therefore, to blaspheming the Holy Spirit means: that you will express through speech, writing, or actions that which is impious, mocking, or contemptuous to God.

Impious – not reverent

Mocking – to frustrate the hopes of

Contemptuous – bitter disdain

It’s one thing to blaspheme another person,

it’s another thing to blaspheme even against Jesus Christ, but it’s a dangerous thing to blaspheme the Holy Spirit.

George Bush is in Iraq at a news conference, and a man stands up and throws not one, but two shoes at him. He ducks both shoes. However, the incident was impious, mocking and contemptuous and the man expressed it by his actions.

It’s one thing to blaspheme another person,

it’s another thing to blaspheme even against Jesus Christ, but it’s a dangerous thing to blaspheme the Holy Spirit.

Jesus standing before Pilate. The people given the choice choose Barabbas over Jesus and say crucify him. The soldiers strip him, beat him, spit on him and but a crown of thorns on his head. They mock him and say, Hail the King of the Jews. The first thing Jesus says is Father Forgive them for they know not what they do.

It’s one thing to blaspheme another person,

it’s another thing to blaspheme even against Jesus Christ, but it’s a dangerous thing to blaspheme the Holy Spirit.

Illustration: Last week, I found myself being admitted to the hospital. They immediately hooked me up to an IV machine. This IV machine connected me to it much like a mother is connected to a newly conceived children by an umbilical cord. This connecting cord was the means by which the machine monitored me. It provided me with fluids, when I was sleeping it stood over me, when I moved it moved, everywhere I went it went. Its sole purpose was for me good. Everything it did for me was good. Then I got strong. I was disconnected from the IV machine. I didn’t need it anymore. Blasphemy of the IV machine would have been if I had cursed it for being a nuisance, if I had cursed it for the mark it had left on my arm, if I had cursed it for making me look bad because I had to roll that thing around everywhere with me. That would have been blasphemy because all it wanted to do for me was good, and I turn around and curse it. The IV machine would have said, you fool, if it was not for me, you would not have gotten strong.


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