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Words of Faith 8-29-18

Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2018

Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL

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Luke 12

   [10] And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.


     This was definitely a time to pay attention. Jesus shared several warnings along the way to Jerusalem. Be careful about not to fall into hypocrisy. Fear only God, but don't be afraid because He loves you. Be sure to acknowledge the Lord before other people and do not disown Him. There were promises mixed in as well, promises of justice and careful care from the Lord. But clearly Jesus was concerned about a time when it would be difficult to hold onto faith and dangerous to claim the name of Jesus.

        Next Jesus carried the thought about disowning Him a little further. Speaking a word against Jesus will be forgiven but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. It sounds like something we really need to understand.

       The promise came first this time. The forgiveness of Jesus is very wide. There are many things that we might say against Jesus that will be forgiven. This thought may include the various things we might say against a brother or sister in Christ or the Body of Christ. Jesus is very forgiving, but there is a point at which we speak or take an attitude against the Holy Spirit that is very dangerous.

         What did Jesus mean by "blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?" What is the unforgivable sin? It must be something more than rejecting Jesus for a time. This is a passage that is difficult to interpret without any other context or definition.

         In Matthew and Mark we get some clues when Jesus gave this same warning to a group of Pharisees (Mt. 12:33