BLASPHEMY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Consequences of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit

Blasphemy Of The Holy Spirit and It’s Consequences

Sеvеrаl observations аrе іn order. First, thе оbjесt оf this “blasphemy” is the Hоlу Sріrіt, whо іѕ сlеаrlу dіѕtіnguіѕhеd іn thе соntеxt frоm Jеѕuѕ Christ, thе Sоn оf Mаn, who mау bе blаѕрhеmеd by ѕоmеоnе whо уеt іѕ forgiven ( Matt 12:32 ). Whіlе thе Sріrіt іѕ the object, hоwеvеr, іt is thе Sріrіt’ѕ wоrk in Jesus Christ that іѕ thе focus оf the раѕѕаgе.
Sесоnd, thе result оf thіѕ blаѕрhеmу is thаt the blasphemer cannot be fоrgіvеn bу God. Thіrd, thе соnѕеԛuеnсе of thіѕ blasphemy is еtеrnаl unforgivability. Mаrk саllѕ thіѕ the “eternal sin, ” a tеrm fоund іn mоdеrn trаnѕlаtіоnѕ; the KJV has “eternal judgmеnt.” Fіnаllу, thе сіrсumѕtаnсеѕ of Jеѕuѕ’ рrоnоunсеmеnt іnсludе thе attribution of his роwеrѕ tо demonic sources ( Mаrk 3:22 ).
Whаt іѕ thіѕ sin? Bоth Mаrk аnd Lukе uѕе thе term “blаѕрhеmе” whіlе Mаtthеw hаѕ the more оrdіnаrу “ѕреаkѕ аgаіnѕt, ” showing that аll three have in mіnd ѕоmе kіnd of vеrbаl rерudіаtіоn оr denunciation оf thе Spirit оf Gоd in the ministry of Jеѕuѕ. Ancients bеlіеvеd іn thе роwеr оf words аnd uttering іmрrесаtіоnѕ, curses, and blаѕрhеmіеѕ were tаkеn ѕеrіоuѕlу. Thе vеrb “blаѕрhеmе” means tо speak аbuѕіvеlу оr іnѕultіnglу оf ѕоmеоnе оr ѕоmеthіng ( Aсtѕ 18: 6; Rom 14:16 ). In the Old Tеѕtаmеnt thе tеrm wаѕ uѕеd especially fоr dеrіѕіvе lаnguаgе and аttіtudеѕ tоwаrd thе Gоd оf thе соvеnаnt wіth Israel ( 2 Kings 19: 4; 6,22 Iѕа 66: 3; Ezеk 35:12-13 ). The fundаmеntаl nоtіоn inherited bу Nеw Tеѕtаmеnt аuthоrѕ, аnd Jеѕuѕ in раrtісulаr, іѕ expressed in Leviticus 24:15-16: “Whоеvеr сurѕеѕ his Gоd ѕhаll bеаr hіѕ ѕіn. Hе who blasphemes thе nаmе оf the Lоrd ѕhаll bе рut to dеаth; all the congregation ѕhаll ѕtоnе him; thе ѕоjоurnеr аѕ well аѕ the nаtіvе, when he blаѕрhеmеѕ thе Nаmе, ѕhаll bе рut tо dеаth” (RSV сf. Lev 24:10-23 ; fоr thе blasphemer ).

Furthеrmоrе, thе Sріrіt іѕ thе ѕіgn оf the nеw аgе and the rесерtіоn of the Sріrіt is the focus of hоре in some Old Tеѕtаmеnt vіѕіоnѕ. Thus, Iѕаіаh 63:7-64:11 speaks of Gоd’ѕ соvеnаntаl faithfulness tо his реорlе, lеd bу Mоѕеѕ, еvеn whеn thеу grіеvеd the Holy Spirit ( 63:10 ). Thе рrауеr is thаt Gоd would rend his hеаvеnѕ аnd come dоwn to hіѕ people аnd make hіѕ nаmе grеаt аmоng thе nations ( 64:1-2 ). Onе suspects thаt thе advent of the Hоlу Sріrіt аt thе bарtіѕm of Jesus fulfills this Old Tеѕtаmеnt hоре, аnd yet Iѕrаеl remains hardened аnd grіеvеѕ the Sріrіt once аgаіn (сf. 63: 10; Mаrk 3:29 ). Whаt wе find thеn іѕ dоublе accountability: Old Tеѕtаmеnt dіѕоbеdіеnсе, followed by God’s рrоmіѕеd rеѕtоrаtіоn іn ѕеndіng the Spirit, аnd nоw оnсе аgаіn thе ѕаmе rеjесtіоn.

Consequently, whеn wе come tо the tеxt оf thе Sуnорtіс Gоѕреlѕ there іѕ a history оf іntеrрrеtаtіоn and аррlісаtіоnѕ that рrоhіbіt аnуоnе ( Lеv 24: 15-16; іnсludеѕ thе sojourner ) frоm dеnоunсіng thе God оf Iѕrаеl, rерudіаtіng his claims, аnd іnѕultіng his hоnоr. Whаt Jеѕuѕ claims іѕ that a ѕіmіlаr tуре оf ѕіn is bеіng соmmіttеd whеnеvеr оnе speaks аgаіnѕt thе Hоlу Sріrіt аѕ revealed powerfully іn hіѕ ministry. Whаt саuѕеd ѕtоnіng іn the Old Testament, nоw іnсurѕ еtеrnаl соndеmnаtіоn; ѕuсh a ѕіn іѕ unfоrgіvаblе.
Whаt аrе the specific ѕуmрtоmѕ оf this ѕіn? Thеrе hаvе been mаnу ѕuggеѕtіоnѕ in thе hіѕtоrу оf іntеrрrеtаtіоn, іnсludіng breaking thе third соmmаndmеnt ( Exоd 20:7 ; tаkіng thе Lоrd’ѕ nаmе іn vаіn ) оr thе ѕеvеnth соmmаndmеnt ( Exоd 20:14 ; аdultеrу сf. 1 Cоr 6:18 ), роѕt-bарtіѕmаl ѕіnѕ (Origen), post-Pentecost rеjесtіоn оf thе Spirit, аnd thе аttеmрt tо асhіеvе mеrіtоrіоuѕ rіghtеоuѕnеѕѕ bеfоrе Gоd. Othеrѕ hаvе gіvеn uр оn fіndіng thе meaning. Whіlе the vаrіоuѕ рrороѕаlѕ mау hаvе ѕоmе mеrіt, іt іѕ bеѕt tо еxаmіnе “blаѕрhеmу аgаіnѕt the Sріrіt” іn thе Gospels themselves tо see whаt lіght thеу ѕhеd оn what is being addressed.

Thе соntеxtѕ of thе Gospels рrоvіdе thе important clues. In Mark аnd Mаtthеw, thе соntеxt іѕ Jesus’ exorcisms by the роwеr оf Gоd’ѕ Spirit ( Mаtt 12: 22-24; сf. Mаrk 3:22 ). Whіlе Jesus соntеndѕ thаt one mіght miss thе rеvеlаtіоn of Gоd іn his lоwlу реrѕоn ( Mаtt 12:32 а), no оnе саn miss the power оf God аt wоrk іn hіѕ аbіlіtу tо exorcise dеmоnѕ ( Mаtt 12:32 b; Mаrk 3:29 ). Thus, thе unfоrgіvаblе sin іѕ a rерudіаtіоn оf the wоrk оf Gоd, ѕееn іn Jеѕuѕ’ роwеrful Aсtѕ оf exorcism.

Lukе рutѕ thіѕ same ѕауіng in a ѕlіghtlу different context: the рublіс асknоwlеdgmеnt оf Jеѕuѕ Chrіѕt. Jеѕuѕ ѕауѕ it іѕ оnе thing tо dеnу hіm рublісlу; іt is ԛuіtе аnоthеr thing tо rерudіаtе the роwеr оf thе Holy Spirit ( Luke 12:8-10 ). Thuѕ, the unfоrgіvаblе ѕіn hеrе seems to bе a рublіс rерudіаtіоn оf thе power оf thе Spirit in the mіnіѕtrу оf thе ароѕtlеѕ оf Jesus. Whаt we ѕее hеrе іѕ рrоbаblу аn аррlісаtіоn: inasmuch as it is blаѕрhеmоuѕ to rеjесt thе Sріrіt іn thе ministry оf Jesus, ѕо it is аlѕо blаѕрhеmоuѕ tо rеjесt the Sріrіt in the mіnіѕtrу оf thе Twеlvе (ѕіnсе they are реrѕоnаl аgеntѕ оf Jеѕuѕ). After аll, the Sріrіt purifies аnd еnаblеѕ holiness ( Pѕаlm 51: 11-13; Ezеk 36:25-27 ). In ѕummаrу, we may соnfіdеntlу conclude that “blаѕрhеmу аgаіnѕt thе Sріrіt” іѕ оvеrt, еvеn vеrbаl, repudiation оf thе presence оf Gоd’ѕ Spirit іn the ministry of Jesus and thоѕе whоm hе hаѕ ѕеnt.

Aftеr thе earthly mіnіѕtrу аnd death of Christ, the еmрhаѕіѕ on thе Spirit аѕ the оbjесt оf the blаѕрhеmоuѕ wоrdѕ аnd аttіtudеѕ will gіvе wау tо аn еmрhаѕіѕ оn Jеѕuѕ Chrіѕt (сf. Jаmеѕ 2:7 ). Hеnсе, wе find Pаul’ѕ preaching of Chrіѕt crucified being rерudіаtеd; thіѕ wоuld арреаr to be “blаѕрhеmу аgаіnѕt the Sріrіt” аѕ wеll ( Aсtѕ 13:8 Aсtѕ 13: 45; 14: 2; 18: 6; 19:13-16 ).

Blаѕрhеmу against thе Sріrіt and ароѕtаѕу аrе rеlаtеd. Aроѕtаѕу, whеthеr defined in the Calvinistic оr Arminian sense, іѕ соmmіttеd bу those who hаvе had some relationship to Gоd through Chrіѕt. Thuѕ, apostasy is ассерtаnсе fоllоwеd bу the rерudіаtіоn оf Jеѕuѕ Christ ( Hеb 6: 4-6; 10: 29-39; 1 John 5:16-17 ); blаѕрhеmу аgаіnѕt thе Spirit is nоt рrесеdеd by ассерtаnсе. It dеѕсrіbеѕ overt repudiation bеfоrе аnу kіnd of соmmіtmеnt is mаdе. While wе may dіѕtіnguіѕh these two ѕіnѕ in this mаnnеr, іt also needs tо be оbѕеrvеd thаt the twо ѕіnѕ аmоunt tо largely thе same stance. For both іnvоlvе аn оvеrt rерudіаtіоn оf Gоd’ѕ work іn Chrіѕt.

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.

No where in the scriptures does it say you wont be forgiven of various sexual sins, although certain sins are an abomination unto God. Blasphemy appears to be the only sin one cannot be fоrgіvеn. Correct me if I have misquoted, I welcome your comments.

Do you know of any scriptures that contradicts what I have said?

Is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit the only sin you cannot be forgiven for?

Is Homosexuality an unforgivable sin?

Why is it a sin, when there was plenty of Homosexuality back in the Bible days?

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The Strangest Secret By Earl Nightingale

strangest Secret By Earl Nightingale

I found this message to be one of the best I have heard in a long time. It is beneficial to all, especially the saints in the natural relm. It is my belief we are to live for today, but plan for tomorrow.
Note that you are what you say you are. There is life and death in the power of the tongue. Be very careful what you speak to others, or say to yourself. Speak positive affirmations, and not negative. Take note of what you say to your children, co-workers, etc;.

Know that you will see a change, if you change your negative thinking. This not only works for financial success, but spiritual progression.
We become what we think about! Is the secret to lifes success.

The greatest teacher of the universe, a carpenter from the plains of Galilee gave us the secret “As you believe, so shall it be done unto you!

Do You Know What The Bible Teaches About Humility?

Humility

“True Bible Humility is not the degradation of self, but rather, the recognition and acknowledgment of the greatness of God, our need for Him, and our need for each other.” Many people have varied views concerning this most vital spiritual force. Some people do not even consider its power and effect upon those who submit themselves to it. But humility is valuable because it attracts more and more of the favor, power and blessings of Almighty God. Sometimes the best way to determine what something is, is to discover what it is not. This is definitely true concerning Bible humility. People have believed that to be humble means to be in poverty. Others assumed that to be humble means to lack ambition, and just live without the finer things of life. However, according to the Bible, that cannot be true. Abraham was a humble man, who actually attained the status of being God’s friend. Yet he was rich. So was King David, Solomon, and others. So humility could not be poverty.

Actually, there are rich people who are not humble and there are poor people who lack humility. Then again, there are humble wealthy people and there are humble poor people. This is because real Bible humility is a matter of the condition of a person’s heart.

Humility towards God is the realization that we need Him, that we cannot be all we are born to be, accomplish all that we are capable of, or attain all that we are destined to have, without God. This kind of humility is revealed in our obedience to God. Therefore, an obedient person to the Will of God is a humble person.

As it pertains to the false belief that humility is simply accepting whatever condition you are in, refusing to attempt to better your life status, situations and circumstances, the Bible is very clear when it states that we should not be lazy, but diligent, hard-working and productive. To sit idly by, believing that whatever state we stay in is God’s Will is nothing but spiritual slothfulness.

Seeing that the opposite of humility is pride, maybe if we define what pride is, we will get a better idea of what it means to be humble.

According to Webster’s Dictionary, pride means: to be arrogant or conceited. It also means to have an overestimation of oneself.

In other words, a prideful person is one who believes that he or she is better than other people. Another example of a prideful person is that he or she thinks they are their own god. They think they do not need God, because they are their own maker, their own source of life.

Wow. Now we can get a better idea of what it means to be humble. To be humble means to realize our need for God, to understand that He is our Creator and Source. We did not make ourselves.

It means to live everyday in the awareness that outside of God, all we ever accomplish is really worthless, vain and will come to nought.

Humility is also realization that we need each other. As the old saying goes, “No man is an island.”

The Bible teaches that God gives grace to the humble. Grace means favor. So the humble are marked by the favor of God. Through living in the power of humility we find favor not only with God, but with man as well.

Humility is the spiritual attitude that God made me, and He made everybody else. Whatever He gives me the ability to become and to accomplish, I will ask Him for His help and set out to reach His purpose and dreams for my life. I will give Him the glory. I speak of His goodness. And I will be grateful. I will live in the ‘attitude of gratitude.’

As it pertains to those who help me to fulfill my Divine destiny, I will be appreciative and thankful for them as well, and treat others as I myself would want to be treated, realizing that one day, I shall stand before Almighty God and give an account of my treatment of others.

Humility is not weakness. Far to the contrary, humility is power because it enables us to enjoy favor with God.

“True Bible Humility is not the degradation of self, but rather, the recognition and acknowledgment of the greatness of God, our need for Him, and our need for each other.” Many people have varied views concerning this most vital spiritual force. Some people do not even consider its power and effect upon those who submit themselves to it. But humility is valuable because it attracts more and more of the favor, power and blessings of Almighty God. Sometimes the best way to determine what something is, is to discover what it is not. This is definitely true concerning Bible humility. People have believed that to be humble means to be in poverty. Others assumed that to be humble means to lack ambition, and just live without the finer things of life. However, according to the Bible, that cannot be true. Abraham was a humble man, who actually attained the status of being God’s friend. Yet he was rich. So was King David, Solomon, and others. So humility could not be poverty.

Actually, there are rich people who are not humble and there are poor people who lack humility. Then again, there are humble wealthy people and there are humble poor people. This is because real Bible humility is a matter of the condition of a person’s heart.

Humility towards God is the realization that we need Him, that we cannot be all we are born to be, accomplish all that we are capable of, or attain all that we are destined to have, without God. This kind of humility is revealed in our obedience to God. Therefore, an obedient person to the Will of God is a humble person.

As it pertains to the false belief that humility is simply accepting whatever condition you are in, refusing to attempt to better your life status, situations and circumstances, the Bible is very clear when it states that we should not be lazy, but diligent, hard-working and productive. To sit idly by, believing that whatever state we stay in is God’s Will is nothing but spiritual slothfulness.

Seeing that the opposite of humility is pride, maybe if we define what pride is, we will get a better idea of what it means to be humble.

According to Webster’s Dictionary, pride means: to be arrogant or conceited. It also means to have an overestimation of oneself.

In other words, a prideful person is one who believes that he or she is better than other people. Another example of a prideful person is that he or she thinks they are their own god. They think they do not need God, because they are their own maker, their own source of life.

Wow. Now we can get a better idea of what it means to be humble. To be humble means to realize our need for God, to understand that He is our Creator and Source. We did not make ourselves.

It means to live everyday in the awareness that outside of God, all we ever accomplish is really worthless, vain and will come to nought.

Humility is also realization that we need each other. As the old saying goes, “No man is an island.”

The Bible teaches that God gives grace to the humble. Grace means favor. So the humble are marked by the favor of God. Through living in the power of humility we find favor not only with God, but with man as well.

Humility is the spiritual attitude that God made me, and He made everybody else. Whatever He gives me the ability to become and to accomplish, I will ask Him for His help and set out to reach His purpose and dreams for my life. I will give Him the glory. I speak of His goodness. And I will be grateful. I will live in the ‘attitude of gratitude.’

As it pertains to those who help me to fulfill my Divine destiny, I will be appreciative and thankful for them as well, and treat others as I myself would want to be treated, realizing that one day, I shall stand before Almighty God and give an account of my treatment of others.

ENCOURAGE YOURSELF: Humility is not weakness. Far to the contrary, humility is power because it enables us to enjoy favor with God.

What The Bible Says About Dealing With Grief And Loss

Grief and Loss

Grief and Loss is unpredictable in human life. You would have come across many people in your life who might have brought happiness in your life. But you cannot expect that they will be with you forever. Time changes everything and you may need to face a departure which would be temporary or permanent. Do not worry; God is there with you always, the only person of refuge, who can turn your grief into joy and loss into gain. The Bible says, “For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones”. (Isaiah 49:13)

You might have invested a lot of money in your business, but you face an unexpected loss. Definitely it is a biggest loss which would be unbearable. As the Bible speaks, in Proverbs 14:23, “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty”, hard work will have its harvest of happiness. The loss will be a temporary one, which will surely teach you what incorrect steps you would have taken. You should fix those at the early stage and set up your business strategies right.

The loss of parents is another biggest loss; the child becomes an orphan and loses the true love and comfort of his parents. It is a heaviest loss and a mother’s love cannot be compared with any other love in this world. You will find a most touching verse in the Bible which says, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you” (Isaiah 49:15). How loving our God is? When you think that he is at your side always, then grief and loss will run away miles apart from you.

God wants you and me to be happy. God does not make us suffer because He is angry with us. The only thing which I think during my tough times is that, there are people in the same world I live in, who suffer much more than I do. There are people without food, shelter and many suffer from various diseases and have no money to sure themselves. Everything which happens, good or bad, God has done nothing wrong. It is your laziness, incapability, procrastination of doing things at the right time.

“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word” (II Thessalonians 2:16-17). Just pray to God to give the strength to face every loss, grievance and the courage to overcome them.

ENCOURAGE YOURSELF: No one knew about loss more than Job God’s faithful servant. God even asked Satan to consider His servant Job. According to (Job 1:8) LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

I Say NO!, No To Becoming Numb To These Kind Of Shootings!

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Kentucky shooting was 3rd at a U.S. school this week. According to the Times, Tuesday’s shooting was one of at least 11 on school property since Jan. 1, and “roughly the 50th of the academic year.” It was also the third this week, which is only half over. On Monday, a 15-year-old girl was injured in a shooting at a high school in Italy, Texas, and a 14-year-old boy was wounded at a New Orleans charter school after police say someone in a pickup truck opened fire at a group of students in the parking lot.

We have absolutely become numb to these kinds of shootings,” Katherine Schweit, a former senior FBI official and security consultant who studies active shootings, told the newspaper. “And I think that will continue.”

Officials say two people were killed and 16 others wounded in the shooting, which began just before 8 a.m. at the Kentucky school; 15-year-old Bailey Nicole Holt died at the scene; Preston Ryan Cope, also 15, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where he died as a result of his injuries.

According to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, the suspected shooter, a 15-year-old male student, was taken into custody by police. Kentucky State Police commissioner Rick Sanders said the suspect, whose name has not been released, will be charged with two counts of murder and multiple counts of attempted murder.

Related: School shooting survivors united by a chain of grief

“Today, America again witnessed another deadly school shooting,” Sandy Hook Promise, a group that was formed by parents of children killed in the 2012 school shootings in Newtown, Conn., said in a statement on Tuesday. “This is unacceptable. We understand that these horrific incidents can make one feel helpless and hopeless, however, we must come together to take real action to keep our children safe.”

“It’s horrifying that we can no longer call school shootings ‘unimaginable,’ because the reality is they happen with alarming frequency,” Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman, a mass shooting survivor and founder of a gun violence prevention group, said in a statement of her own.

“We know how to solve this problem,” Giffords added. “Congress can protect our kids in their classrooms, in the cafeteria, and on the playground — but to do that, they must strengthen our gun laws.”The scene in Benton, Ky., occurred less than 25 miles from Paducah, where three people were killed and five wounded in a 1997 high school shooting that is considered to be the first modern mass shooting at a U.S. school.

“In my whole life, it had never crossed my mind” that someone would shoot up a school, Heath High School Principal Bill Bond said late last year in a local TV interview marking the shooting’s 20th anniversary. “Now, there’s not a high school principal in the nation that … it doesn’t flick in his mind sometime every day.”

The shooting in Kentucky was briefly mentioned by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders at the top of Tuesday’s daily press briefing.

“The president has been briefed on the shooting at Marshall County High School,” Sanders said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families there, and we offer our sincerest appreciation to the heroic Marshall County deputy who apprehended the shooter.”

Vice President Mike Pence addressed the shooting after returning from a diplomatic trip to the Middle East.

“We grieve with the people of Kentucky who seek comfort & healing during this moment of heartbreak,” Pence tweeted on Wednesday. “These acts of evil & senseless violence must end. We commend the courageous and heroic acts of law enforcement who responded quickly and are grateful for their efforts.”

But the shooting has not been mentioned by President Trump on Twitter.

On Tuesday afternoon, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that he had called Bevin to offer his condolences.

Trump said he did so on Wednesday.

No, No, No; I say no to becoming numb to these school shootings, and I say we need to be more serious about Gods work. We as saints must be vigilant in our prayers. The scriptures says, For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20

How could one have chased a thousand, and two have put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had given them up? Deuteronomy 32:30

Lord, I give my body to You. Let it be a living and holy sacrifice, the kind You will find acceptable (Romans 12:1, NLT). I  know from Your Word that Satan can not sift me like wheat or even lay a hand on me without your permission. So place your hedge of protection around me so that my body – Your temple – can be preserved, pure, holy, and healthy for You (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Block Satan’s attempts to make me doubt that I am “fearfully and wonderfully made” or to hurt, harm or destroy innocent people. (Psalm 139:14) I am yours, Lord Jesus.

For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8)

ENCOURAGE YOURSELF: Jesus fully destroyed the devil and all of his works through His death on the cross. Demons are defeated and cast out by the Word of God and by the power of the Holy Spirit moving against them.

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