Blasphemy against the spirit

“And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.” (Matthew 12:31)

Blasphemy here means speaking evil against or slandering the Holy Spirit and His work. God does not permit insolent talk against His work. Jesus had just been accused of driving our evil spirits by Beelzebub, or the Devil. The people were saying that the Holy Spirit was an evil spirit. This is unforgiveable to our God. Why? Because such behavior resists the Spirit’s work of proving Jesus as the Savior of the world by the signs and miracles He does. Such resistance perpetuates unbelief, unforgiveness and eternal separation from God.

The signs and wonders Jesus performed are proof as to who He is. While He walked the earth He was the channel of God’s power for healing. Even though we might be skeptical of some “faith healers” today, we do not question God’s power to act and we certainly do not say any demonstration of His power is from the Devil. The Apostle John wrote his gospel with the specific purpose of revealing Jesus through the acts of power He performed. If we open our eyes we can see those acts every day.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your acts of power that confirm Jesus for us. These demonstrations help us, who are weak, to renew our faith. They are like a prod to not forget our Lord and Savior. Lord, release Your power around us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Pastor Robert Forsberg is retired from Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Fairborn.