Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Blasphemeing the Holy Spirit
Mark 3:22-30 (ESV) And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and "by the prince of demons he casts out the demons."  And he called them to him and said to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan?  If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.  And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.  And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end.  But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.  "Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter,  but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin"—  for they had said, "He has an unclean spirit." His family thinks he is crazy, the scribes and Pharisees think he is possessed. Jesus is quick to warn them of speaking to quickly. There is forgiveness for many sins, but not if you blaspheme the Holy Spirit. He is actually quite clear about what this is. They are saying he has an unclean spirit, but he is the possessor of the Holy spirit, they are saying the Holy Spirit is unclean. As long as they continue in this blaspheme there will be no forgiveness for them. There can’t be. To reject the Holy Spirit, is to blaspheme the Holy Spirit, it is to reject the forgiveness of sins freely offered.