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Lesson # Matt. 12:31-32
Study Material - Matt. 12:31-32
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
31 Wherefore [dia] [touto] I say [lego] unto you [humin] , All manner of [pas] sin [hamartia] and [kai] blasphemy [blasphemia] shall be forgiven [aphiemi] unto men [anthropos] : but [de] the blasphemy [blasphemia] against the Holy Ghost [pneuma] shall [aphiemi] not [ou] be forgiven [aphiemi] unto men [anthropos] .
32 And [kai] whosoever [hos] [an] speaketh [epo] a word [logos] against [kata] the Son [huios] of man [anthropos] , it shall be forgiven [aphiemi] him [autos] : but [hos] whosoever [de] [an] speaketh [epo] against [kata] the Holy [hagios] Ghost [pneuma] , it shall [aphiemi] not [ou] be forgiven [aphiemi] him [autos] , neither [oute] in [en] this [touto] world [aion] , neither [oute] in [en] the world to come [mello] . KJV-Interlinear
31 'Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. 32 'And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age, or in the age to come. NAS
A brief story from history and from the History Channel. During World War II, an American carrier naval force in the North Atlantic was engaged in battle with enemy ships and submarines on a very dark night. Six planes took off from the carrier to search out the enemy. While they were in the air a total blackout was ordered for the carrier to protect it from attack. Without lights the carrier's deck was totally invisible as was the carrier itself. The six planes could not possibly land. They made a radio request for the lights but received no response. Because the carrier with its several thousand men as well as all the other planes and equipment and so forth, would have been put in jeopardy, no lights were permitted. When the six planes ran out of fuel, they had to ditch in the freezing water and all crew members died.
Such it is with people who fly blind through life looking for landing lights which are never going to be there because they want them on their own terms, and then they finally run out of fuel - they die. God provides us with adequate information to land safely in life as well as flying through life so that we will never run out of fuel and we will never be lost to eternity.
The navy story is an illustration not of what happens when you have no clear place to land. The results are terrible for you. Those men illustrate what can happen to each one of us if we reject Christ throughout our life. We die and as they had no options when they crashed into the icy waters of the North Atlantic, they died with no one to help them. Probably in reality they were Christian men and God took them to be with Him. But we are studying the repercussions of unbelief.
In life we can seek and receive forgiveness for every sin imaginable. From the very simple sin of a little lie of a child to the very complex and vulgar sins of adults. Sins that are committed by accident or by premeditation all qualify for forgiveness.
Here Jesus describes sins and blasphemy in two separate categories. Sins cover all manner of mental, verbal, and overt activities. Blasphemy covers all manner of contempt against God. All of these are forgivable. Sins are committed because of ones ignorance or not being aware of a violation. They are caused because of ones selfish desire for something either through lust or envy of others, so self righteousness or criminal activity rules ones life.
Blasphemy is an attitude against God. An attitude based on ignorance of God either through ones inability to learn, or by means of not having heard enough information, or through outright rejection of God, or through indifference. Whatever manner ones ignorance exists, any and all blasphemy is due to the lack of knowledge concerning God. If people really knew of God, then they would not blaspheme Him, His name, or His character. And even in so doing, blasphemy is still a forgivable transgression.
However there is one transgression, or one sin, if you will, which will never be forgiven, and that is the sin of rejecting the Holy Spirit. Why the Spirit? Because the Holy Spirit is the agent of salvation. It is through the Holy Spirit that all spiritual information is perceived. If you are in fellowship now and are reading these words, then the Holy Spirit is the one communicating the spiritual content of these words to you right now. It is He who brings the spiritual value of the words through your eyes or ears (if someone is reading this to you) then diverts this information into your human spirit where it is transformed into spiritual foods and then transferred into your soul for the purpose of building or constructing a palace, or temple, or whatever you wish to call that structure in your soul which is constructed of Bible doctrine.
In contrast, academic information simply goes through your senses straight into your soul and you learn of the world around (reading writing, arithmetic, etc.). There is no spiritual value in academic information.
To reject the Holy Spirit is to reject His communication. As an unbeliever this means that the gospel, information relating to salvation is not listened to and consequently rejected. Not that it is not understood, but that it is understood and defiant rebelliousness or defiant stubborn rejection keeps one from doing the simplest thing in life, which is to take but a couple of seconds and believe in Christ. That refusal is the quintessence of stupidity - knowingly refusing to believe. And not from simply having heard the gospel on but one occasion, but rejecting the gospel over and over, again and again throughout ones life.
The Pharisees openly spoke evil against Jesus, and through Him against God Himself, because they rejected Gods plan, which is Jesus Christ. They did this repeatedly despite overwhelming proofs as to the identity of Jesus through His miracles and so forth.
Even after Jesus ascended, that next generation had the same exact proofs of miracles from the Apostles but they rejected Christ as well. The forty years later all of Judea was destroyed in 70 A.D. When Rome sacked Jerusalem and over a thousand cities in Judea, and killed over a million Jews. That ended the Temple, the sacrifices, the rituals. All that the Pharisees held near and dear to their empty hearts.
Isaiah 5 describes in part this destruction. God gave man a garden, a vineyard and did all that He could to make things right for man, but man produces bad fruit. Man rejected all that God gave him, so there was nothing more for God to do but to walk away from the vineyard and its occupants.
Man will die. Sooner or later we all will face that end. There is no getting around it. All the wishing, all the vitamins, all the screaming and shouting of indifference or defiance will not change it. After death there is nothing more than man will receive from God. So, man has but to believe in Christ in order to avoid this final rejection from God.
Likewise, if you are a believer, then your challenge is to advance in your spiritual life. Now this part is not really covered in these verses, but the principle still applies. If you are saved, then your obligation is to give God a hearing daily throughout your life so that you will learn and grow up and be prepared for blessings above and beyond the norm, in eternity (review Rev 1-3). Attaining spiritual maturity is as far beyond spiritual immaturity, as salvation is beyond no salvation. We can understand the difference between heaven and the lake of fire, so too we should understand that there is a very real and huge difference between growing up ignorant of doctrine, and growing up and learning all that we can.
Both differences apply to this life and to the life to come (eternity). And eternity is a very long, long time. The repercussions of your decisions in life are enormous. We should certainly wish our loved ones to be with us in heaven, so we teach our family and others about Christ and so forth. But too, we should desire to be as well off as possible when we get to heaven. Here on earth we had no choice as to our circumstances of birth. Most of us are born in poverty and have so, so lives. But where heaven is concerned, we have a choice. We can actively pursue our spiritual growth such that when we move on to heaven, then we will be in the greatest shape we can possibly be in, and far beyond the wealthiest folks of this world. And it is all possible just because we decided to make that important decision daily throughout our lives and study our Bibles regularly and in the correct fashion. What could be simpler?
Every decision you make in this life will affect the next life. Make them count. Our greatest enemy in this life is our own stubbornness and refusal to do the right things in the spiritual sense. Look in the mirror and you'll see your greatest possible enemy.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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