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Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit
If you have sinned and believe that you have committed blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, but you are truly sorry about it, then go to God, confess your sin and repent of it. If you call on the Lord to forgive your sins, He will surely do that. For He promised, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Trust that God will fulfill His promise because He does not lie. Faithfulness is one of the Lord’s main qualities as seen in the following Bible verses: 1 Corinthians 1:9; 10:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; 2 Timothy 2:13; Hebrews 10:23. The Scriptures stress God’s fidelity with respect to forgiveness (Exodus 34:6, 7; Micah 7:19).
The devil does his utmost to destroy our trust in the Lord’s special love for us as individuals. Therefore, we need to continually remind ourselves of God’s Words (Jude 24). And when we do fall because of failing to use His strength, we should come back to Him, repentant in order to receive grace and pardon (Hebrews 4:16; 1 John 2:1).
About blasphemy and committing the unpardonable sin, the Son of God teaches, “All manner of sin and blasphemy will be forgiven man, except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 12:31- 32). “And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven” (Luke 12:10). A person can be forgiven if he sins against men and even against Christ. But if he speaks against the Holy Spirit, this is the unforgivable sin or the unpardonable sin.
This sin is seen as the continual rejection of the Biblical truths that ends in a final and irrevocable decision against it, deliberately made in the full knowledge that by doing so a person is choosing to follow his own path contrary to God’s will. At this point, the conscience is seared by the continued resistance to the convictions of the Holy Spirit.
The Work of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit does three things: He teaches us the things we need to know for our salvation (John 14:26), He guides us into all truth (John 16:13), and He convicts us of sin (John 16:7, 8). Thus, the Holy Spirit is God’s voice showing His will.
When a person sins, his conscience is moved with a sense of guilt. The Holy Spirit is calling him to forsake his sin. And as long as he allows the Holy Spirit to teach, guide, and convict, he could never be guilty of committing the unpardonable sin.
But if he repeatedly refuse to repent over a period of time, his conscience becomes hardened (1 Timothy 4:2). Then, the Holy Spirit respects his decision and he reaches the parameters of committing the unpardonable sin. It is for this sin that he cannot be forgiven because he has rejected the Spirit that convicts of sin (John 16:8).
About confessing ones sins to God, the Bible says, “You will never succeed in life if you try to hide your sins. Confess them and give them up; then God will show mercy to you” (Proverbs 28:13). To justify one’s sin is to resist the convicting voice of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8–11), and to run the risk of hardening the mind to such a degree that eventually there will be no further wish for cleansing or a desire to repent.
On the other hand, the mere admission of sin is not enough. Therefore, a person must forsake his sins and successfully resist temptation in the power that the Lord has promised. The Lord promises to provide the stimulus for salvation. He enables the seeker to make the decision and also supplies the power to overcome his sins. “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13; Romans 8:3; 4; 1 John 3:6).
How Do I Know If I Have Blasphemed?
If you still feel convicted of sin and have the desire to repent, you certainly have not committed blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Therefore, just turn to Jesus Christ for help. For He promised, “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out” (John 6:37). Jesus can certainly deliver from sin, cast out demons, and restore those that call upon His name (Luke 4:18).
You can maintain your relationship with God by daily study of the Scriptures, prayer and witnessing. Jesus taught, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me” (John 15:4). And if you abide in Him moment by moment, He promised, “whatever you wish,” “it will be done for you” (John 15:7) if your request is in harmony with His will.
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