Jesus showed His concern about the issue of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. The writers of all four gospels give us this account. This shows me that His words about this topic really impressed the apostles (Matthew 12:31-32; Mark 3: 28-30; Luke 12:10; John 20:19-24).
The great concern over blaspheming the Holy Spirit is that it is the only unpardonable sin (Mark 3:29). In the context of this verse, Jesus just healed a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute (Matthew 12:22-23).
The Pharisees knew that Jesus possessed power they did not hold, and they were jealous of His anointing. Therefore, wanting to take the focus off Christ, they accused Him of using Satan's power to heal the man.
This ludicrous comment proved their inconsistent spiritual mindset. Why would Satan cast out his own demon? This is when Jesus made it clear that giving Satan credit for the work of God's Spirit is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:28).
This has always been true (Matthew 12:32). Some people have tasted the things of God and then decide to reject Christ; but some go one step further and blaspheme His name, discount His deity, and attribute his works to Satan.
God turns these apostates over to a reprobate mind (Romans 1:28; 1 Timothy 4:1). They dedicate their life to harsh criticism of the Christian world and Biblical beliefs; therefore, sadly, they will spend their eternity in perpetual damnation for rejecting Jesus Christ as their Savior (John 3:18).
Father God, Your love, wisdom, power, authority, righteousness and justice are above reproach; yet, the humanistic mind rejects You and Your Word. They accuse the Biblical writers of being male chauvinists, and they say the Bible is an archaic book of fairytales, with errors and inconsistencies.
Your authentic Believers know, without a doubt and from experience, that Your Word is true, powerful and sharper than a two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). There is life in every anointed Word. Thank You for working out circumstances in our life so that we accepted rather than rejected the work of Christ in our life (John 3:16-17).
Thought for the Day:
Those who blaspheme the Holy Spirit, and who give Satan credit for God's work, are apostates, and do not get another chance to repent; sadly, after their death, they will face God's judgment for rejecting the sacrifice that Jesus made for them on Calvary's cross.
- Hebrews 9:27; John 3:18