The Unpardonable Sin. 03/23/2014 (Evening thought)

Matthew 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.  32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

These words were spoken by Christ in response to the charge that He was using satanic power to cast out unclean spirits. Jesus had just performed a great miracle of healing and emancipation on a man who was possessed by a blind and dumb spirit, when the Pharisees who had witnessed the amazing work of God attributed Christ's power to satanic agencies. What they were doing in reality was calling evil good and labeling good as being evil. This tendency to put light for darkness and darkness for light is what ultimately leads a person to the point where they are no longer able to distinguish sin from righteousness and vice versa.

One of the main reasons why this disposition is adopted by so many people is because the truth isn't welcome in their hearts, and thus in order to silence the voice of conscience, they resort to attributing the enlightening work of The Holy Spirit to satanic agencies. This was made very evident after Jesus had raised Lazarus from the grave. In the presence of the Jews who had gathered with Mary and Martha to mourn the loss of their brother who had died four days before, Christ performed one of the greatest of miracles, and since the literal evidence could not be denied, they purposed in their hearts to put both Jesus and Lazarus to death, instead of acknowledging the fact that Jesus was indeed the Messiah. Let's read:

John 11:38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.  39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.  41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.  43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.  44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. 47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. 48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. 53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.

John 12:9 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; 11 Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.

In our day, God has caused a tremendous amount of undeniable truth to be available at our very fingertips. Most households in America have at least one Bible, but the truths contained therein are not always compatible with the carnal desires of our hearts, and many people deliberately stifle the conviction of the Holy Spirit in order to excuse themselves from accepting the truth, so that they may be cleansed from all unrighteousness.

That's why God is calling on each person to weigh the evidences of truth found in His word objectively, while at the same time He invites us to give our lives to Him so that the salvation that was so expensively purchased for us on Calvary, may be internalized through the renewing power of the Holy Ghost.

It's our hope and prayer that every member of the human family may respond favorably whenever the word of God speaks to our hearts. Whenever the Holy Spirit brings home the truth with clarity to our consciences, let us not sin against God by calling his work the product of satanic agencies, but let us rather rise to the occasion and lay self on the altar, so that the good work of salvation may begin and continue in our hearts. We therefore end with a text that encourages us to do just that. Let's read:

Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;  15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

May this experience be ours as the Holy Spirit is being poured out upon the earth, to enlighten the hearts and minds of people everywhere. "Good night" and God bless!