Blaspheme of the Holy Spirit

Posted on January 25, 2015

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Over the years I have people questioned whether in their life they blasphemed the Holy Spirit and ministers including myself give un-reassuring advice on how that that they most likely did not blaspheme the Holy Spirit. The problem is most of us having given our opinion and not used the Bible, quoting an exact scripture or biblical example because we did not know of one.  Recently in my study God showed me how He has given us an example in His Word.

Mark 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:

First I want to show you the depth of God’s mercy and grace due to his overwhelming amount of love for us.  One of the greatest failures for many is to see how big God’s grace is for us.  We say we believe in His grace yet we give ourselves demerits that we think we have to do something to punish ourselves to get back into right position. With this in mind people are fasting, praying, and doing extra service for God to make up for their errors when his grace is always there for us.

King Saul a Failed Call and Life

Most of the time the story of the Prodigal Son is used to demonstrate the God’s great love and His restoration for the one that fell away but the prodigal son was not activated into service with a defined call on his life that we can apply to ourselves.  The prodigal son appears to be a generality of life with us all being children of the father with and inheritance and being loved without condition.  King Saul on the other hand had a specific call and position in life and was receiving very specific orders from God through the prophet Samuel. The passage that says “To obey is better than sacrifice” was said to King Saul because he had specific orders on several occasions and decided to things his own way. Because of Saul’s rebellion directly against the word of the Lord, the Spirit of God was lifted from his life. Saul suffered greatly in not being able to hear the Lord in the latter part of his life but he was not abandoned by God.

God’s Huge Grace for Saul

Saul may have not followed orders well and became soulish and stubborn in his actions but he never worshipped other God’s or cursed the Lord. In his last days as a desperate attempt to have spiritual help, Saul went to a witch to add to the depth of his sin. If we read the Bible for exactly what it says, the prophet Samuel prophesied to Saul that he and his sons would be with Samuel the prophet in the next day.  From what the Bible says, Samuel was in a waiting place of the saints called Abraham’s Bosom in other places in the Bible.  Jonathon, Saul’s son was an honorable man, much like David which one would think would make it as a believer but not Saul, yet he did.  Biblically Saul would have lost much if not all of his reward but was still spared from hell by the mercy and grace of God as a true believer.  Now I know a lot of people do not believe the witch actually called Samuel from the grave but that’s a different subject and there are other passages to support the context so I do believe the Bible for exactly what it says. In summary, King Saul with many sins in his life experienced the mercy and grace of God in his death.

No Forgiveness

Just the phrase, “No Forgiveness” is ominous by its self. Just hearing “no forgiveness” makes us start reviewing our lives to see if we think we crossed that line at some point. There is another place where actions of individuals can be placed with the Lord proclaiming the individuals will not receive in forgiveness.

Eli and the Boys

Interestingly enough that in the same book of the Bible, I Samuel God show bountiful grace to King Saul, the same God say no way to Eli’s boys.

I Samuel 3:14 And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever.

The Sacrifice

Offerings and sacrifices are a picture of the work of the cross of Jesus. Believers of this time did earthly sacrifices as an example of what Jesus would literally do in the future. For God to say to Eli and his sons that there would be no purging sacrifice or offering for ever would include the future sacrifice of Jesus. Even when hearing the prophecy against his house, Eli did not repent or even share the prophecy with his sons.

Blaspheme

In the Hebrew and the Greek the word blaspheme is about provoking the Lord or cursing the Lord and His works. It is one thing as King Saul to become soulish but the things that Eli’s sons did was incredibly evil.

I Samuel 2:16  And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat presently, and then take as much as thy soul desireth; then he would answer him, Nay; but thou shalt give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force. 17 Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD: for men abhorred the offering of the LORD.

 

I Samuel 2:22 Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 23 And he said unto them, Why do ye such things? for I hear of your evil dealings by all this people. 24 Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make the LORD’S people to transgress. 25 If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if a man sin against the LORD, who shall intreat for him? Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because the LORD would slay them.

Eli’s sons did not respect the offering of the Lord which was a picture of the sacrifice of Jesus to come and a work of the Holy Spirit through the man Jesus. In addition to their lack of respect of the sincere offerings of people they used the tabernacle of the Lord as place commit sexual sin with women.  Sadly this example sounds almost like some of the things that happened in the Christian TV arena over the years. In I Corinthians chapter eleven is a passage often used when observing the Lord’s Supper.  In this passage we are told to examine ourselves and this isn’t about the amount of sin our lives but more about the respect for the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.  His blood is plenty powerful for any amount of sin but will not tolerate blaspheme or a callused heart and actions to the precious gifts of his saints and the work of the cross.

Luke 4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

Full of the Holy Ghost

Jesus’ life after the baptism of John was about ministry and moving in the power of the Holy Spirit. From the Baptism to the last breath on the cross Jesus was a man filled with the Holy Spirit of God and everything he said and did was powerful and demands the utmost respect.

Ichabod

Where the blaspheme takes places is when those that are gifted in his power and revelation receive a call and position as Eli’s sons did and they take the most Holy things of God and pervert them for their own soulish desires they have blasphemed the work of the Holy Spirit. They took the sincere gifts of the people and picked through them for what pleased them the most.  They used the tabernacle with the Arch of the Lord setting inside of it as a location to secure woman to have sex with them.

Pressing Toward the Mark

Most of us would never cross the line that King David did with Bathsheba and Uriah her husband let alone true blaspheme like Eli’s sons. Our lives should not be about how much grace we can use up but about pressing toward the mark and high calling for our lives and knowing there is plenty of grace if we do slip.

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