2372380026_8da882963a_z“And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.”
-Matthew 12:31

Hey, wait a minute, pastor. If Jesus died for all sins, why is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit not forgiven?

The answer is that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is to deny one’s sins and to no longer ask for forgiveness of their sins. This means that you do not see your sins as sins, you do not seek forgiveness, and see no need to repent.

It might start with one sin, and then another, and then another. Pretty soon, you no longer see the need for forgiveness or the need for Christ to die on the cross for you. After all, if I do not consider something to be a sin, then it’s not, right? Wrong. That’s our sinful nature talking.

EVERYBODY commits sins daily (Ecclesiastes 7:20). There’s sins of commission (thoughts, words and deeds that we know are wrong) and there are sins of omission (things that we know we should do, but choose not to). God’s Law convicts us of our sins. He holds us to a high standard (His standard / His Law).

1 John 1:8-9 says,

“If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

The Holy Spirit is the one who brings us to faith. Martin Luther said “The Holy Spirit reveals and preaches the Word of God, and by it He illumines and kindles hearts so that they grasp and accept it, cling to it, and persevere in it.”

When we acknowledge our sins and go to God for mercy and forgiveness, we will not be against the Holy Spirit. Our sins will be forgiven.

“Holy Spirit, light divine, Shine upon this heart of mine; Chase the shades of night away, Turn the darkness into day.”

* Pastor Bill

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