All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall NOT be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall NOT be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
This is powerful warning of Jesus Christ not to speak against the Holy Spirit. We have no explanation why blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is unforgivable offense against God, the highest Being of all the universe. We just rely on what Jesus said about offending the Holy Spirit by way of blasphemy which is mainly speaking against the integrity of the person of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is a vey sensitive Person. What He hears become part of His Person. Our prayers and petitions are important to Him. Maybe as important as the words of Jesus to Him. He respects the words of Jesus He hears, which are forever recorded in His mind to be relayed to every believer during their time of remembering.
The Holy Spirit is a serious Person. He takes very word of Jesus seriously. The promises of Jesus to Him are not meant to be jokes or to be taken lightly. Though He is a serious Person, He is a joyful Person for the fruit of the Spirit is joy. The Spirit of God is well of joy for every believer who trusted Jesus Christ and His words.
The Holy Spirit is pure and sinless Person. Jesus called Him, “Holy”so He must be a perfect person without any flaws or imperfections. He is a totally complete Person, self-sufficient divine Being. We need Him more than He needed us. To speak against Him is detrimental to our cause. We should think twice before we open our mouths in disrespect against the Holy One.
Still at closing, we don’t have an answer why the Holy Ghost chooses not to forgive the sin of blasphemy against the most Holy One.
The Holy Spirit is part of the Godhead. There is only one God but the Godhead constitutes three persons. Why do we think that the Holy Spirit is God? Well, Jesus said that God is a Spirit. (John 4:24) The Spirit of God was present from the beginning of time and the co-creator of all things. We may therefore conclude that the Holy Spirit is a Deity who deserves respect, more than an errand boy in the New Testament. It is not fair to treat the Holy Spirit as mascot or a cheerleader of the church establishment. The Holy Spirit is a Spiritual Being and not a fictional friendly ghost.
This is a critical question. Does the Holy Spirit has the ability to love? Does He have an affection or a feeling? If God is love, the Holy Spirit is love too because He is equal with God. In fact, the fruit of the Spirit is love. The Holy Spirit as a helper and comforter must have the love to take care of us. He emphatizes with us in the time of our needs. He knows everything about us for He resides within us. The Holy Ghost cares as well as the Lord Jesus Christ.
There is revival in the presence of the Holy Spirit. When we allow Him to move in His own way, a spiritual renewal can come to sweep us. Churches are dry and dying, they need a river of living water, a visitation of God’s Spirit. “Not by might nor power but by my Spirit,” says the Lord of Host.
Next time, we will discuss the unforgivable sin against the Holy Spirit to show how real He is.
Our Lord Jesus Christ named himself the great omnipotent, ever present spirit of God as the Holy Spirit. The name is sacred, holy and beyond reproach. The name represents a divine Person who is real according to Jesus. Every believer should treat the Holy Sprit like we treat the Father and the Son. We refrain from unnecessary argument whether there are equally three Persons in one God. We just believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person because that was the way Jesus presented the Holy Spirit to us.
Jesus said the world does not know the Holy Spirit while His followers can know intimately the Holy Spirit of Truth. We shall know the Truth and the Truth shall makes us free. The world operates mainly through the flesh and not through the Spirit. They are carnally minded and blinded from the absolute Truth. They thrive in darkness rather than in light.
Let us remember that the Holy Spirit is here on earth because elected to be with His Father. The Spirit of Christ lives in us though He is not physically present in this world. The Holy Ghost does the work of Christ as another helper and He is only person who can take the role of Christ on earth. It is wrong to assume that the church is the substitute of Christ. Without the Holy Spirit, the church is powerless and useless like the salt of the earth with no taste. When the Holy Spirit comes as Christ promised, we shall receive power, we shall have the divine enabling to do the task He wanted us to do.
The Holy Spirit is ready to help in times of our need. Call and talk to Him. Why not? Most people wanted to talk to Jesus in prayer. Some pray to the Father but few talks to the Holy Spirit. It takes time to develop a close relationship with the Holy Spirit because we may not be used to it. The Power of God can be restored in your life if you treat the Holy Ghost as a Being, a person you can trust.