Matthew 12: 30-32: “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
Have you committed the sin against the Holy Spirit? If you have ever asked yourself that question in a serious moment of self-examination, you probably felt a shudder in your soul, a chill up your spine. This is a question which I have often had to answer in my ministry.
First, we should take the words of Jesus very seriously. Jesus spoke these words to warn us against unbelief. He was talking to the Pharisees of his age, who were very religious people. They took God’s law seriously and made every effort to keep it. But they did it because they thought they could earn their salvation. It was for that very reason that they rejected Jesus, even plotting to kill Jesus. Worse, they rejected the working of the Holy Spirit in their hearts. The sin against the Holy Spirit cannot be forgiven because it is a sin of unbelief.
Have you committed the sin against the Holy Spirit? If you have, then you are almost certainly not reading this devotion. In fact, you wouldn’t be asking yourself the question, if you have committed the sin against the Holy Spirit. The question wouldn’t make you shudder in your soul or send a chill up your spine. You take this question seriously, because you DO believe in Jesus and you are afraid that you might fall into sin and unbelief and cast it all away.
You should distrust yourself. Only, don’t distrust Jesus. Trust your Savior, who died to save you. Trust the Holy Spirit, who wants you to be saved as much as Jesus does and will continue to work in your heart.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, I do believe. Help me overcome my unbelief! Thank you for the warning today not to frustrate the work of the Holy Spirit in me or to cast him out of my heart. Keep me listening to your Word. Keep me growing in my faith. Own my heart until you come to take me to heaven. Amen.