This is one of the scariest and most confusing texts in the NT.
What is Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?
It’s not an incantation or curse – the heart matters more than the words.
- Clear Revelation of Christ
- Clear Experience with the Holy Spirit
- Denial of Both
- They set aside all logic.
- They set aside their experience.
- They slandered Christ by calling good evil and light dark.
Those who fall to this level of wickedness will never turn to God in repentance.
3 Pastoral Implications
- We don’t do warning well, but it is necessary.
- Spiritual Callousness is very real and very poisonous (1 John 1.6,8,10)
- When convicted, we must repent and not linger in sin. (1.7,9)
- We resist Him at our own peril.
- Greater self-deception
- Less sensitivity to the Spirit
- Further withdrawal of God’s restraining moral influence
- The best evidence of your salvation is not a past experience but present expression (1 John 2.3-6)
- Do you have obedience to Christ?
- What is the state of your heart – love for the world or God? If the world, do you have sorrow over your sin?
- Do you have love for others?
- Your sense of security in your salvation hangs mostly on the character of the person you believed accomplished it.
- In our salvation, God is the actor and we are the acted upon (1 John 2.1-2)
- Objection: don’t I have a part to play?
- Answer: Yes – repent and receive Him, but you cannot do that without Him.
- In propitiation, God took our sin that merited His wrath.
- In propitiation, God gave us righteousness that birthed relationship.